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Dos and Don'ts of Coping with Fatigue and Dizziness

Whilst everyone has 'off' days for some fatigue and dizziness are daily struggles that make everything else seem harder. The good news? Thankfully, the symptoms are treatable. Read on for the dos and don't's of fatigue.

DO: Drink Enough Water

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Fatigue can start from the inside as dehydration slows down cellular function. Without enough water in the body this can, in turn, have an impact on how quickly blood flows to the brain, and if blood flow is too slow, dizziness can occur. Drink four 16-ounce glasses of water a day to stay as hydrated as possible.

DON'T: Indulge in Bad Habits

Too much alcohol and tobacco consumption is known to trigger fatigue and dizziness. In addition to contributing to other, more serious conditions, bad habits can make it harder for people to maintain a balanced diet and stay motivated to exercise regularly. Reduce your intake or quit altogether to improve your overall fitness levels.

DO: Get up and Moving

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It may seem counterintuitive to spend energy if you're tired, but regular aerobic exercise really can help reduce episodes of chronic fatigue and dizziness. Increased movement can make the body tired enough to sleep through the night and provide lasting energy throughout the day. Join a fitness class or go on a walk with a friend to get your heart rate going.

DON'T: Forget to Eat Well

Poor and insufficient diets will have a major impact on fatigue and dizziness because low blood sugar levels can be the cause of vertigo, and processed food can weigh a body down. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will provide boundless energy.

DO: Avoid Stress

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Psychological pressures often take a physical toll: excessive stress, which can lead to panic or anxiety disorder, is a leading cause of both fatigue and dizziness. Find an outlet that will help you unwind such as yoga. Breathing techniques could also help reduce recurring symptoms, and they can be practiced at any moment for a quick burst of relief.

DON'T: Ignore the Problem

Though fatigue and dizziness are not often serious in themselves, these disorders are often symptomatic of a larger problem. For women in the later stages of life, the problem is usually hormonal imbalance, and healthy lifestyle choices plus natural supplements can often help the body find equilibrium. However, if these conditions start to affect daily life, it's time to check with a doctor to make sure there's no other underlying cause.

Fatigue and dizziness don't have to stop you from living life the way you always have. By following the advice above and learning more about your body's internal changes, you can stop these problems before they start.

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Sources:
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. (n.d.). Assisting families in managing fatigue. Retrieved August 23rd, 2013 from http://www.hpna.org/pdf/TeachingSheet_assistingfamiliestomanagefatigue.pdf
  • National Health Service of East Midlands. (2007) Pacing Information for Chronic Fatigue Patients Leaflet. Retrieved August 23rd, 2013 from http://www.tin.nhs.uk/local-networks/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-network/management-information/