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7 Romantic Getaway Gifts To Surprise Your Boyfriend

7 Romantic Getaway Gifts To Surprise Your Boyfriend

There are a multitude of things you can do to surprise the love of your life. One thing that I find so romantic is by taking him to some places that are luxury-styled properties – from the ocean cruises to ocean-front properties and even places overseas on various islands. When you’re in a relationship, sometimes it’s fun to take him away from his job or his friends so you can spend some of that quality time with just you and your man. However, the choice is entirely up to you – either you want to waste your time trying to figure out what to buy your boyfriend for his birthday or you can just hop into the getaway wagon and go to a place where both of you can enjoy. If you’re interested in the second route, then here are some of the getaway places I suggest you go.

Playa Fiesta Beach Club and Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A calm, peaceful and quiet beach getaway for a couple who desires that quality time together. This place will give your boyfriend goosebumps. The rooms are both great and spacious enough to put you in a relaxed mood. Their pools are amazing because of the views. Your boyfriend will be surprised by the stunning and mesmerizing beach experience too. The fine cuisines at the resort, the lively music, and the nightlife around town will be unforgettable. You and your man will spend some of that long overdue quality time you’ve both been waiting for while enjoying each other. There are seasonal discounts as well where the rates are cheap and the romantic moods are high. The places that you can explore are historical and hidden gems. For example, there’s a magical place to walk down hand in hand and that’s the Puerto Vallarta’s el Malecon Boardwalk. Explore the boardwalk, such as sculptors, various artists’ crafts, and food vendors where you both can grab a bite to eat and a beverage as you enjoy your romantic stroll. You also have the option to hire a tour guide.

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Newport Beach Cruise in California

Ideal for those sunsets and the adventure of hugging with your boyfriend while you enjoy the backdrop of Newport Beach. The cruise tickets aren’t expensive at all and there’re even the unlimited drink package tickets that can be purchased online. Take the entire cruise while you enjoy the endless quality time. The cruise departs out of Newport Bay and will cruise on by the coastline while you both view the immense bonfires which will be sparkling off the sandy beach. The skyline also lights up because of the beach coastline. The cruise will dock back but you will spend a nice romantic getaway with you and your man in such a romantic way that will definitely be unforgettable.

The Mandala Beach Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

It is located on a man-made beach of 1.6 million gallon wave pool. There are tons of cabanas and your boyfriend will truly enjoy the relaxation of the resort in one of Nevada’s splendid places to stay in. It’s any couple’s playground with all the lights, glitz, and gambling taking place, but it’s also a romantic getaway that you’ll both enjoy as a couple. Staying at any of the top hotels and resorts will be a decision you’ll have to make because there are a multitude of them around the city. Singing, dancing, and dining are the choices, as well as the “gamble” you’ll both have to take while visiting the 24-hour entertainment of Las Vegas. There are rooftop roller coasters, magic shows, slot machines and naturally the wedding chapels. But don’t get carried away just yet; enjoy the fine dining and the luxury spas at one of the dozens and dozens of resorts that you’ll stay at as you embark in the romantic getaway. Relax and enjoy the Strip as you walk hand-in-hand because there’s always something to do in Las Vegas. It’s the gift of gifts for a great romantic getaway.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii

Get your luggage and packing cubes ready and visit this resort that has every amenity you both need. With all the restaurants, bars, pools, and shops, plus, movie rentals. But you’ll enjoy the perfect, scenery and picturesque beachfront, that you’ll love as you venture off. One of the most popular things to do is strolling down the beaches. The white sand and clear blue water with the opportunity to surf the best waves, if that’s what you or your man is into. Sunbathe or dine on the beach, enjoy the live entertainment, and immerse yourself with the local shopping extravaganzas. Although you have to remember that this is Hawaii so it’s a little pricier compared to other getaways. You can always enjoy the romantic candlelit dinners on one of the beachfront restaurants while listening to the live entertainment.

La Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico

It is definitely not just another beachfront property to venture to. It’s the exclusive romantic getaway for those who need a great place to bond. Your man will love this place! Having a dreamlike place to stay at with your boyfriend will do wonders for both of you. A getaway for a couple looking for love in all the right places. It’s a popular tourist destination for any couple, so your man will be surprised he’s included as well. There are all-inclusive resorts to stay at and the great thing is that Cancun has plenty of hotels, there are even bed-and-breakfast places you both can stay at. Some of the water sports, which are the most popular, to say the least, are snorkeling, swimming, jet skiing, and fishing… to name a few. These are just the tidbits of what you both can do as a couple when you go on a getaway to Cancun.

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Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

A place for those that need that enjoyment away from everything. If you’re wealthy enough, you can rent or buy any of the ocean front properties on the Hilton Head island. There’s the Forest Preserve Trail Rides that are available year round. You and your loved one can go trail-riding for an hour and experience the joys of horseback riding which goes on daily. Romantic getaways such as immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the lower countryside can benefit both of you. What’s more is the bonding between you two over drinks and live music, dining and enjoying the island can do wonders for both of you.

Settlers Crossing Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas

Outside in a dry desolate area of Texas, it’s a special part of Texas where millions travel through. It’s part of history and will be a wonderful surprise for your man. It’s where cowboys once traveled through, settled for awhile and moved on. But the best part is that you can go to various areas and hot spots which are the most popular for tourists to go to when they head down South. The Texas Hill Country is the “gem” of the Southwest. There are a lot of things to enjoy in the cities of Austin, Fredericksburg and San Antonio and everything in between. They are filled with vineyards, lakes, meadows, streams, very interesting towns and rolling hills. A special spot to go is the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail (16 wineries). There’s special events, wine samplings and tastings, and a lot more.

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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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