According to WebMD, fatigue is explained as “a daily lack of energy; it’s marked by an unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness that can’t be relieved by sleep.
It can be acute (lasting a month or less) or chronic (lasting from one to six months or longer). Fatigue can prevent a person from functioning normally and affects a person’s quality of life.”
If you feel helpless and unable to tackle fatigue all by yourself, you need help and going to see a doctor is a good option to handle it in conjunction with any medications prescribed for you.
You can reduce fatigue by doing the following;
- Sleep: This is hard to do especially when you look at your to-do list and you still have so much to do. This is easier said than done, but it can be done if you look at the benefit that comes with it. When you rest and sleep you’ll have more strength to do the work even at a quicker pace than if you had not slept. New mums should focus less on chores and take a nap when your baby does.
- Don’t Stress Yourself: you do not have to do all the work in the house in one day. Set a realistic plan on housework, do the ones you can and take short breaks for rest.
- Do Nutrition Check: What are you feeding on? You need to cut down on your intake of foods containing sugar, fat, salt, refined flour, coffee, alcohol, fizzy drinks. Go for healthier options like fruits, vegetables and lots of water.
- Get Out In The Open: get some fresh air, visit friends, parks, and gardens. Good outdoor points, apart from being indoors. This would help to rejuvenate you and break the boredom.
- Delegate Responsibilities: If you are fatigued then there are chances that you are taking too much on yourself which is not supposed to be. List out all the daily chores assign it to different people who are available such as your husband, kids, friends, and family to help out. If your kids are the ones not giving you time to rest, get someone to watch them even if it is for some hours while you take a nap.
- Look Out For yourself: sadly, mama has everyone’s back but only a few times does anyone ever ask how you are doing or to relieve you of some work. If that is your reality, then you have to take time out for yourself. Give yourself a treat, have a massage, go on a short trip away from home. Heaven will not fall if you are not at home, your spouse and the kids will cope without you and maybe in your absence, they may begin to appreciate what you do.
- Seek for Help: If your fatigue level is high and you continuously feel tired for weeks, nothing seems to naturally to cure it then you need help. Go see a doctor.