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from: blackdoctor.org

Always tired? Feel like you’re running on empty? Well, join the club, as an increasing numbers of us are suffering from constant fatigue.

For all ages, balancing home, work or children can be tiring and deplete energy levels. This is especially so as we age. Food sources such as sugar and caffeine may give you a temporary energy fix, but that lasts only so long, as most of us know. In addition, skipping daily exercises or over scheduling your day can also drain you.

Is your life too tiring?

Do you demand too much of yourself? If yes: try to manage stress; learn to say no; set priorities; pace yourself. Take time each day to simply relax, perhaps using a tape or relaxation class. Consider whether there is a good balance of work and play in your life and what you can do about it. If necessary, you may want to reconsider what you want from life.

Have you been affected recently by a stressful event?

If yes: Be realistic, and be kind to yourself. Events such as moving house, having a baby, starting a new job, being bereaved or ending an important relationship can be exhausting, especially when you feel you have no control over what’s happening. Don’t expect to be back to your normal self overnight. Remember; all progress is good, however small or unimportant it may seem to you at the time.

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