Sometimes getting 8 hours of sleep just isn’t enough. No matter what you do, there are just some days when you wake up feeling like you’ve been run over by a truck in your sleep. Feeling fatigued during the day can be a mental burden, especially when you have a full schedule ahead of you. Luckily, there are a number of home remedies that are easily accessible and are totally inexpensive.
Just a note: if you are feeling fatigued almost daily, there may be a number of reasons why you might be experiencing this. Before attempting to relieve your fatigue with home remedies, look to your lifestyle and identify any areas of improvement. Fatigue can often be caused by sleeping at late hours, lack of exercise, bad eating habits and stress. If you are getting good sleep, exercising regularly and eating healthily but still feel lethargic during the day, then it would be advisable to see your doctor for a check-up. Fatigue is also a side-effect of many health issues such as anaemia, flu, allergies, Vitamin B12 deficiency, and so on.
For the days when you just need a little pick-me-up to make it through the day, here is MissMafia’s list of four inexpensive home remedies for fighting fatigue:
For a really quick, on-the-go fatigue fix, put a couple drops of peppermint oil on a handkerchief and inhale deeply. If you have more time, add two drops of peppermint oil to warm bathwater for a relaxing essential oil soak. Another method is to inhale the vapours from an essential oil diffuser.
No, I don’t mean sleeping. I mean lying down! Lying down with your feet and legs elevated slightly higher than your head is a proven method of fighting fatigue. By elevating the feet, it encourages blood flow to the brain, which makes you feel more awake and alert.
Limes contain citric acid and Vitamin C, which are known to fight lethargy. Vitamin C works to also boost the immune system, thereby fighting off the lethargic feeling that often accompanies a flu or a fever. Furthermore, lime juice is inexpensive and easily made at home.
If the reason for your lethargy and fatigue is due to stress, then it’s possible that what you need is a good, long stretch. More specifically, a downward dog stretch. Yoga, as an exercise, works to boost your energy while stretching and strengthening core muscles. As a spiritual practice, yoga incorporates breathing and mindfulness techniques, which help to clear your mind as well as invigorate the body with oxygen.
If you’re looking to learn the basics of yoga so you can practice at home, why not join our Komune-ity Yoga Session #4, happening on the 7th of April at Komune co-working space in Bangsar South. Follow us on Peatix and Instagram to stay tuned for updates!
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