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10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

There are two types of people in this world: people who love cookies, and liars. Have you ever met someone who flat-out hates cookies? Me neither.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner, attending a party, or embarking on a binge sugar diet, you can never go wrong with cookies. The world is aplenty with cookie recipes. Some are better than others, but a few are completely mind-blowingly delicious.

I managed to find 10 that fall in the latter category. Let’s check them out!

Butter Snow Flakes

Butter Snow Flakes

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    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

    In a medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are golden brown on the peaks and on the bottoms. Remove from cookie sheets at once to cool on wire racks.

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

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      • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
      • 2/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 cup brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 2 2/3 cup flour
      • 2 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp salt
      • Heaping 1/3 cup Nutella

      Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla together until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Add Nutella in dollops over the top of the dough. Use a butter knife to swirl the Nutella through the dough. Do not over mix. Chill the dough in fridge for 15 minutes before spooning onto cookie sheet to firm the Nutella. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Bake until slightly brown at edges. Let cool a few minutes on cookie sheet before transferring.

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      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 pound unsalted butter
        • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
        • 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
        • 4 large eggs
        • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
        • 3 cups bread flour
        • 1 tablespoon salt
        • 2 teaspoons baking powder
        • 2 teaspoons baking soda
        • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
        • 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
        In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
        Reduce speed to low and add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
        Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft, about 20 minutes for larger cookies and about 15 minutes for smaller cookies.
        Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

        Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 cup softened butter
        • 1 cup brown sugar
        • 1 cup granulated sugar
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla
        • 2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 teaspoon baking soda
        • ½ teaspoon salt
        • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
        • 2 eggs
        • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
        • 1 cup chocolate chips

        Cream butter and sugars together until nice and fluffy. Whisk the eggs a bit with the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, oats, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

        Leave this mixture in the fridge for about an hour so the dough balls can be formed easily. After the dough has been refrigerated preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. If you grab clumps of dough the size of a ping pong ball you will end up with about 36 cookies.

        Golden Peanut Butter Cookies

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          • 2 oz soft light brown sugar
          • 2 oz superfine sugar
          • 2 oz unsalted butter, softened
          • 1 medium Easter egg
          • 1 teaspoon honey
          • 1 teaspoon vanilla
          • 7 oz crunchy peanut butter
          • 4 oz all-purpose flour
          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
          • 1 teaspoon salt

          Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure out and combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugars until mixed. Add in the egg, vanilla, honey and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. The batter is so thick that you’ll know it’s mixed well when your arm starts to hurt! Using generous rounded tablespoonfuls, place the dough into roughly circular shapes on a baking tray. (You should get 12 exactly.) Bake for 10-12 minutes.

          Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

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            • 1 cup softened butter
            • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
            • 1/4 cup brown sugar
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1  7.4 oz. box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix
            • 2 eggs
            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
            • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            • 3 cups all-purpose flour
            • 1 14 oz. bag soft caramels

            In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and all ten packs of apple cider mix until fluffy. About three minutes.

            Beat eggs, one at a time, and add with the vanilla to the butter mixture. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three portions, mixing each just until incorporated.

            To make forming your cookie a bit easier, refrigerate for about an hour. This step is not required, but recommended. When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels.

            Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper (not waxed paper!). Begin by rolling about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. A little more dough is better than less as the caramel will seep out the sides during baking.

            Next, flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. Press the caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place two inches apart on parchment-covered cookie sheets.

            Bake 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. As soon as you notice the cookies are starting to lightly brown, remove them from the oven.

            Once the cookies are done, slide the parchment off the baking sheet right onto the counter. Allow cookies to partially cool on the parchment. When cookies are cool enough to be firm but still slightly warm, carefully twist them off the parchment and allow to finish cooling upside down.

            White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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              • 1/2 cup butter, softened but still chilled
              • 1/2 cup shortening
              • 3/4 cup brown sugar
              • 3/4 cup sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 2 tsp vanilla
              • 1 tsp sea salt
              • 1 tsp baking soda
              • 1 Tbsp hot water
              • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
              • 2 cups white chocolate chips
              • 4 oz macadamia nuts

              Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth. Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions. Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt. Add the flour and mix until dough forms. Mix in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts using a wooden spoon or spatula.

              Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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              Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

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                • 1 cup unsalted butter
                • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
                • 2 eggs
                • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
                • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                • 1 (11-oz.) bag caramel bits
                • 1 cup coarsely chopped White Fudge Covered Pretzels

                Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone mat. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs and vanilla and beat another 1 to 2 minutes.

                In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in caramel bits and pretzels.

                Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and press slightly to flatten.

                Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

                Cinnamon Roll Cookies

                Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Baked Perfection

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                  • 3 cups flour
                  • 1 tsp baking powder
                  • 1/2 tsp salt
                  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
                  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
                  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
                  • 1/2 almond extract
                  • 2 eggs

                  Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until fully absorbed. Separate dough into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

                  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
                  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
                  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. milk

                  Divide the dough into two halves. On a floured surface, roll each half of dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Brush with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over dough. Begin to roll up dough, starting at the long side. Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes (until firm – not hard).
                  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

                  Take dough out of freezer and begin cutting into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
                  Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely.

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                  In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies (making sure you have aluminum foil or waxed paper underneath cooling racks to catch excess icing).

                  Samoas Cookies

                  Samoas Cookies

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                    • ¾ cup butter, softened
                    • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
                    • ¼ cup sugar
                    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
                    • 1 egg
                    • 1 tsp baking soda
                    • 2 tsp cornstarch
                    • ½ tsp salt
                    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                    • 1 cup Samoas cookies, chopped
                    • ½ cup Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses, roughly chopped
                    • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut
                    • 1 bag caramels, unwrapped
                    • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

                    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine. Stir in the baking soda, cornstarch, salt and flour until mixture resembles a soft dough. Stir in the chopped cookies and Hershey’s Kisses by hand.

                    Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight.

                    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop rounded, tall tablespoonfuls of dough about 1-2″ apart on lightly greased or silicone-lined cookie sheets. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Allow cookies to cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rick to cool completely.

                    While the cookies cool, reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Reusing one of the greased or lined cookie sheets, spread the coconut in an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn the coconut, then bake another 5 minutes. Turn once more, and bake another 5 minutes or until coconut has toasted to a light golden brown color. Cool the coconut.

                    After cookies and coconut have cooled, in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the caramels for 45 seconds on HIGH. Stir, add a splash of milk or water, and continue melting another 30 seconds, stirring after each heating. Once smooth and melted, gently fold in the toasted coconut and toss to coat.

                    Using a greased spoon (or greased fingers), drop tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto the tops of the cooled cookies– careful, the mixture will be hot, but you must work carefully while the caramel is still soft and pliable. Gently smear the mixture around the circumference of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Once cookies have been topped with the coconut caramel mixture, heat the chocolate chips to melt. Drizzle the tops with melted chocolate; allow the chocolate to set. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for several days.

                    One final piece of advice: If you are trying out any of these recipes make sure to follow Nigella’s excellent advice on baking and on how to make crunchy cookies. Nothing’s better than sweet, delicious, crunchy cookies. Yum!

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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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