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30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

Modern life can become quite repetitive and may cause a person to feel trapped and stifled by the repetitive routines we tend to slide into. There are few things that can effectively break your routine, like taking trips and spending time somewhere new and wonderful. We tend to forget how beautiful and full of wonders our world really is. Breaking away from our place of residence for a while can make us reexamine our habits and break the pattern that we have grown accustomed to. Furthermore, witnessing a culture vastly different than the one that surrounds you will give you a different perspective and help you grow as a person.

We are going to attempt to bring you the ultimate list of places you can choose to visit and experience. These locations and events are going to take your breath away, inspire you, and bring out a better version of you upon the journey’s end.

1. Find out why all roads lead to Rome, Italy

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    Italy is one of the biggest cultural centers in human history, with breathtaking architecture, great museums, art, performers, and an atmosphere you can’t get anywhere else. Nobody leaves Rome with a sense of indifference. Merely walking its streets will be a feast for your senses.

    2. See the mystical beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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      The temple of Angkor Wat is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, and for a good reason too. This architectural wonder was built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer civilization. It is one of the most enduring architectural achievements of humankind.

      3. Discover the comfort and relaxation aboard The Orient Express

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        Although the route of the Orient Express has changed many times in the past, it is still as luxurious and beautiful as ever. Even though it doesn’t take you all the way to Istanbul, you can still see a big chunk of Europe riding on this classic train.

        4. Stand in awe of the magnificent Fuji mountain in Japan

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          If you are feeling adventurous you can book an overnight stay and climb the mountain. If not, you can easily take a train to one of the many sightseeing spots. We wholeheartedly recommend the Five Lakes of Fuji.

          5. Witness the magnificence of the prides on a Botswana safari

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            You can go for a public safari or, if you prefer to have more exclusivity, you can opt for a private one. The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are the two most popular parks. They feature a wide range of wild animals that include lions, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and many other not-so-popular, but no less exotic animals.

            6. Climb the Alps and witness Europe’s beauty from a different perspective

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              Being that three very unique and very powerful countries; Italy, Switzerland and Germany, hold the Alps, the experience you can get can vary significantly. Also, the Alps have a lot of different options for tourists, so you can really find the type of vacation that suits you best.

              7. Find your way through the Devil’s Town in Serbia

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                A nominee for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Devil’s Town is a very impressive rock formation that has two natural springs located within, called the Devil’s Water and the Red Well. These rocks are between 4 and 15 meters high and were created by erosion.

                8. Get familiar with Petra, the rock city in Jordan

                El Deir or The Monastery at Petra, Jordan

                  A miraculous and truly unique rock city located in southern Jordan, Petra stands as one of the great historical and architectural wonders, with parts that were built more than 2000 years ago. While the site has suffered from the elements, and has been target practice to the Bedouin of the Arabian Desert, it is still absolutely astonishing to behold.

                  9. Enjoy classical music performed at the magnificent Aspendos, Turkey

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                    For those that are fans of classical music, travel, and history, we recommend traveling to Aspenodos in spring or early summer. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival offer annual events, which are worth preparing for in advance. This Greco-Roman city is believed to have been built somewhere around 2000 B.C. It is a true historic site.

                    10. Feast your eyes on the beautiful Grand Canyon

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                      It is hardly even worth introducing the Grand Canyon, since it has become such a large part of popular culture, including movies, music videos, album covers, and a variety of other forms. It is more than obvious why it would be an awe-inspiring experience gazing across the magnificence of its landscape.

                      11. See the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

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                        Egypt, one of the dominant empires in early human history, has left an abundance of archaeological wonders from various eras of its existence. Of course, the most famous one is the Great Pyramid of Giza, located in contemporary El Giza.

                        12. Take a bite out of the Big Apple

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                          New York is a pop icon all by itself. It is the setting for a sea of sitcoms, the Avengers movie, and a whole lot more. It is also the scene which brought us Hip-Hop, NYHC, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Broadway theaters are another good reason for spending a week (or a month) in NYC.

                          13. Experience the scorching heat of the Sahara desert

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                            With camels and the scorching desert, this isn’t an adventure for everyone. However, if you consider yourself an adventurous spirit, you should definitely set out on this journey. It is filled with historical sites, fun activities, and really leaves a lasting impression.

                            14. Bask in the beauty and cultural achievements of Paris

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                              The City of Lights is a must visit travel destination for anyone. It has something for everyone: museums, architecture, music, theatre, architecture, and Disney World. This is an oversimplification of one of the most famous cultural centers in Europe, but it’s the most I can do in these few lines.

                              15. Get to know the Medieval charm of Kathmandu, Nepal

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                                Established in the 900s BC, the capital (as well as the largest city of Nepal) is one of the places that really takes your breath away. As a place where Indian and Tibetan cultures mix and coexist, and a place with rich and well-preserved cityscapes, it really is a unique location to visit and explore.

                                16. Witness the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

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                                  The Galapagos Island national park and biological marine reserve is home to many endemic species of animals. It is considered to be crucial for Darwin’s theory of evolution. The island is a sight to behold! You will definitely enjoy your stay.

                                  17. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Great Wall in China

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                                    Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. However, it is well worth seeing up close and personal. This architectural wonder was built as a defense against the powerful Mongols, and has stood the test of time quite admirably.

                                    18. Experience the stunning beauty of the Himalayas

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                                      Here’s another one for the true adventurers. Braving the journey to see the Himalayas is a daunting task and takes some preparation. This mountain range didn’t earn its nickname, The Roof of The World, for nothing.

                                      19. Marvel at the lush beauty of Taj Mahal, India

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                                        If your goal is to visit all the prominent cultures around the world, you can’t miss India. The great Taj Mahal stands as an architectural monument to Indian culture, originally envisioned as a mausoleum for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz mahal.

                                        20. Find peace in the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Japan

                                          Back to Japan we go, and this time we are visiting its former capital, Kyoto. The zen gardens in Kyoto have been praised through literature, paintings, and other arts. However, no amount of praise is equal to the experience of walking through them.

                                          21. Get lost in the beautiful landscape of Iceland

                                            Iceland is a small and weird island country that gave us Bjork, Sigur Ros, and a lot of other talented musicians. It has beautiful landscapes and a unique culture impacted primarily by the Norse Viking culture, which is also reflected by its language.

                                            22. Feel the music at Tomorrowland, Belgium

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                                              Tomorrowland is scheduled to open on September 27th. You can probably still manage to find tickets if you are willing to make an effort. It is an electronic music festival with top-notch reviews, and for good reason too.

                                              23. Walk the ancient streets of Athens, Greece

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                                                Don’t let recent political developments scare you. If there is one thing modern Greeks are good at it’s tourism. No matter the state their country is in, they always find a way to be hospitable to tourists. Previously a city state, Athens is considered to be the cradle of modern democracy. It has a lot of historical sites you can visit in order to witness the power of ancient Greek culture.

                                                24. Find your spirituality in Jerusalem, Israel

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                                                  Even if you are not a religious person, Jerusalem is more than worth the visit. It has been a religious and cultural crossroads for centuries. Much of that can be seen in the legacy left behind by different cultures in its architecture, religious buildings, museums, and so on.

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                                                  25. Experience the ancient Incan culture in Machu Picchu, Peru

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                                                    An ancient citadel located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an astonishing architectural achievement of a powerful culture, which was destroyed by the European conquistadors. You can take a magnificent train ride to Machu Picchu, as I already mentioned in a previous article.

                                                    26. Party hard during the festival in Rio, Brazil
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                                                      This is one of those festivals that hardly needs an introduction. It is known as one of the greatest parties in the world. Each year, people from various corners of the globe gather to enjoy the festivities. It hosts somewhere around 2 million people per day, just to put things into perspective.

                                                      27. Get stunned by the cultural riches of Barcelona, Spain

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                                                        Well, it is quite challenging to try and sell Barcelona to you in a couple of sentences. Let’s just say it has everything. The seaside? Yup. Culture? You better believe it! Nightlife? Oh, yes! I mean, the work of Antoni Gaudi alone makes the trip worth it, let alone the entire package.

                                                        28. Enjoy the 24/7 parties in Ibiza, Spain

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                                                          A music scene sprouted on the Ibiza Island and never actually left it. This is one of the best places to go partying, and arguably one of the more beautiful. The Ibiza Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip to Ibiza will surely remain one of the more memorable events in your lifetime.

                                                          29. Find your way around Hong Kong, China
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                                                            Hong Kong has a very unique cultural environment with a lot to offer. It has a beautiful cityscape, a magnificent harbour, you can go hiking, and much more. This small paragraph doesn’t do this great city justice. You should definitely inquire more about its great culture.

                                                            30. Find out why the Nile is the cradle of Egyptian culture

                                                              The Egyptian empire spanned across three millennia. It was built around the Nile river – its greatest source of resources and wealth. There are tons of cruises that you can take to get close and personal with the ancient Egyptian culture while witnessing some of the best sites along the way.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Whew! The world really has a lot to offer. If you are seriously considering starting a journey as ambitious as this one, it would be a shame not to leave some record of it. Travel blogging is quite fun and can also earn you more than a few bucks along the way if you know how to do it right. Make sure to plan ahead, since bad planning can destroy even the best of journeys. Research the places you decided to visit before you set out, so you know what to expect and how to find your way around.

                                                              Happy traveling!

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                                                              Published on November 14, 2018

                                                              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                              With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                                              For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                                              In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                                              Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                                              Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                                              It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                                              For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                                              Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                                              Symptoms of Fatigue

                                                              Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                                              • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                                              • mental blocks
                                                              • lack of motivation
                                                              • headache
                                                              • dizziness
                                                              • muscle weakness
                                                              • slowed reflexes and responses
                                                              • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                                              • moodiness, such as irritability
                                                              • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                                              • reduced immune system function
                                                              • blurry vision
                                                              • short-term memory problems
                                                              • poor concentration
                                                              • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                                              Causes of Fatigue

                                                              The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                                              • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                                              • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                                              • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                                              • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                                              Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                                              Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                                              If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                                              Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                                              Anemia

                                                              Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                                              Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                                              There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                                              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                                              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                                              This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                                              Diabetes

                                                              Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                                              Sleep Apnea

                                                              Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                                              Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                                              Thyroid disease

                                                              An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                                              Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                                              • Lack of sleep
                                                              • Too much sleep 
                                                              • Alcohol and drugs 
                                                              • Sleep disturbances 
                                                              • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                                              • Poor diet 

                                                              Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                                              • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                                              • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                                              • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                                              • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                                              Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                                              Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                                              • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                                              • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                                              • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                                              How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                                              Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                                              1. Tell The Truth

                                                              Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                                              To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                                              Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                                              The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                                              One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                                              • How you feel
                                                              • What time of day it is
                                                              • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                                              • How your mind and body reacts

                                                              This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                                              2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                                              When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                                              If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                                              When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                                              Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                                              3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                                              If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                                              Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                                              If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                                              Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                                              Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                                              4. Express More Gratitude

                                                              Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                                              It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                                              Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                                              5. Focus On Yourself

                                                              Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                                              There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                                              But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                                              We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                                              6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                                              Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                                              Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                                              The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                                              Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                                              7. Take a Power Nap

                                                              When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                                              Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                                              This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                                              8. Take More Exercise

                                                              The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                                              Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                                              The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                                              You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                                              9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                                              To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                                              Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                                              My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                                              10. Improve Your Diet

                                                              Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                                              Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                                              On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                                              To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                                              Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                                              Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                                              11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                                              Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                                              When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                                              Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                                              My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                                              12. Get Hydrated

                                                              Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                                              Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                                              If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                                              The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                                              If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                                              Reference

                                                              [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                                              [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                                              [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                              [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                                              [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                                              [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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