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Last Updated on February 12, 2018

23 Valentine’s Day Movies People Never Get Bored Of

23 Valentine’s Day Movies People Never Get Bored Of

Valentine’s Day is a great day to cuddle up and watch a movie about love. In fact, they actually made a movie called Valentine’s Day, but it was just a rip-off of Love, Actually. With so many sappy movies out there, it’s hard to sift out the good from just more of the same.

So we’ve done the work for you! Here are twenty-three of the best romantic movies ever made to watch on Valentine’s Day.

23 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    In this moving film, it is slowly revealed that a couple chose to have a procedure that erased memories of each other. Jim Carrey plays Joel, opposite Kate Winslet playing Clementine. As the movie slowly reveals loving and intimate moments in their relationship, you become more and more emotionally involved in the story.

    Best Quote

    Joel: “I could die right now, Clem. I’m just… happy. I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.”

    22 – About Time (2013)

      Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson) discovers a superpower when he turns 21: he can travel in time and change past events. While he could try doing any number of things to make the world a better place, he decides to use his power to…get a girlfriend. His romantic interest is Mary (played by Rachel McAdams), and their relationship endures its share of trials and tribulations.

      This film is from the creators of Love Actually, and it’s worth a try for anyone looking for a well-done romantic comedy.

      Best Quote

      Tim: [voiceover] “We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”

      21 – The Notebook (2004)

        The Notebook is beloved by women everywhere for good reason. Allie (Rachel McAdams) is such a warm and likable character, pursued by the equally charming Noah (Ryan Gosling). Their love story withstands many tests but we realize that it lasts into their old age.

        Wonderful performances by McAdams and Gosling have made this a super-popular and award-winning film. It might be cheesy, but it’s heartwarming and genuine too.

        Best Quote

        Noah: “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

        20 – Love and Basketball (2000)

          While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love & Basketball helps draw male viewers into this “chick flick” genre becuase of its underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids. Their love/hate relationship develops as their lives continually intersect – they’re both pursuing their individual dreams of playing pro ball.

          If you’re young, enjoy sports, or crave passion, this movie’s for you.

          Best Quote

          Monica says, “It’s a trip, you know? When you’re a kid, you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it’s not gonna turn out that way.”

          19 – Cactus Flower (1969)

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            Kate Hudson’s mom, Goldie Hawn, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Toni Simmons, a confused 21-year old woman in a relationship with an older man (Walter Matthau). Although it sort of looks like an Austin Powers film, Hawn’s wit and charm allows you to still get into it.

            The complicated love story is about the various lies a dentist tells to keep a relationship. Interestingly enough, the story was appropriated by by Adam Sandler in Just Go With It (2011).

            Best Quote

            Toni Simmons: “Now why don’t you go back and mind your own business like everyone else in New York City?”

            18 – Lost in Translation (2004)

              Although it’s one of those bleak comedies, Lost in Translation has a great romance at its heart. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) really capture what it feels like to be traveling somewhere completely unfamiliar and wanting a connection. The brief moments of Anna Farris spoofing Cameron Diaz add just the right amount of laughs to tide you over, until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear and they say goodbye.

              Best Quote

              Charlotte: “Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun.”

              17 – When in Rome (2010)

                Although Forgetting Sarah Marshall is Kristen Bell’s most popular role, her performance in When in Rome (2010) is underrated. Bell plays Beth, an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a famous love fountain in Italy during her sister’s wedding. Because of her theft, she’s chased down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are under a love spell.

                The movie is lighthearted, funny, and a great way to create and celebrate a happy Valentine’s Day.

                Best Quote

                Beth: “Dad. When you married Mom, did you ever think that you wouldn’t make it?”

                Beth’s Dad: “Elizabeth Ann. Honey, you cannot learn from my mistakes. You’re going to have to go out there and make your own. Now, you could get your heart broken or you could have the greatest love affair the world has ever known, but you’re not going to know unless you try.”

                16 – 50 First Dates (2004)

                  You’d be hard pressed to come up with a more likeable couple of people than Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 50 First Dates, they’re in Hawaii, and after they meet, Henry Roth (Sandler) turns from a playboy to a devoted boyfriend—the only problem is the girl of his dreams has no short-term memory, so she relives the same day over and over. This movie brings laughs, but it’s also a sappy romance movie as only Sandler can do. It’s a chick flick anyone can enjoy.

                  Best Quote

                  Dr. Keats: “Tom was in a hunting accident and he lost part of his brain. His memory lasts only ten seconds.”

                  Ten Second Tom: “I was in an accident? That’s terrible.”

                  Dr. Keats: “Don’t worry, you’ll totally get over it in about three seconds.”

                  15 – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

                    A testament to just how far a man will go to win over the woman he loves. Slumdog Millionaire portrays a poor man being tortured by the police for being suspiciously good at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dev Patel plays one of the most lovable characters on film.

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                    This compelling film won no fewer than eight Oscars and garnered a lot of critical acclaim. The mixture of love, violence, and socioeconomic messages makes for a great date night screening. It’s a great pick to watch with someone who appreciates good films and with whom you want to share an intelligent conversation.

                    Best Quote

                    Jamal Malik: “I’ll wait for you at the train station every day at five.”

                    14 – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

                      Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) always has problems—the media hates him, the police hate him, other superheroes hate him, and he’s constantly struggling with his love life because of it. Regardless of how you feel about the new Spider-Man series, they made the right move dropping Mary Jane for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Their romance is one of the most memorable in comic book history.

                      Best Quote

                      Peter Parker: “We all have secrets: the ones we keep… and the ones that are kept from us.”

                      13 – The Tourist (2010) (Runner Up: Original Sin)

                        It’s not just that Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are beautiful people; the location shots in Paris and Venice are simply stunning. This cat-and-mouse tale has enough thrills going for it to satisfy your intellectual needs, and it has some nail-biting action scenes to boot. You’re never quite sure who to believe, but you can’t deny there’s chemistry between the two—if there’s anyone who could steal Jolie from Pitt, Depp seems like the type.

                        Best Quote

                        Hotel Waiter Guido: “Bongiorno!”

                        Frank Taylor (Depp): “Bon Jovi!”

                        12 – This Means War (2012)

                          Reese Witherspoon is omnipresent in chick flicks – for good reason! All of her romantic comedies are enjoyable, but This Means War wins for mixing spy-versus-spy action into the mix. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy do a great job of keeping men distracted from Reese’s message that it’s OK to date multiple people. Adventurous couples will love this action-packed romp.

                          Best Quote

                          Trish (Chelsea Handler) “Don’t go with the better guy, go with the guy who makes you better.”

                          11 – (500) Days of Summer (2009)

                            Zooey Deschanel is that quirky and beautiful girl everyone wants to be or be with. In short, the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets the girl (Deschanel), and falls in love, but she’s just that into him. The movie highlights their relationship in a non-linear fashion, and is a great portrayal of modern love and relationships. (500) Days of Summer isn’t your traditional romantic comedy, and maybe that’s a good thing – unlike all the others, it’s a thought-provoking film about love.

                            Best Quote

                            Rachel Hansen: “Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate.”

                            10 – Walk the Line (2005)

                              This portrayal of Johnny and June Cash is an epic biopic. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon beautifully capture the essence of the romance. Johnny loved June Carter so much, he knew he had to marry her. Seeing their love blossom over the course of their lives is a great way to celebrate life and a relationship with someone you truly love beyond anything. These two real life people even died around the same time. It’s said Johnny died of a broken heart after June passed.

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                              Best Quote

                              June Carter: “Well, then start loving yourself, so we can go back to work.”

                              9 – Ghost Town (2008)

                                The cynical among us love Ricky Gervais. In Ghost Town, he plays a man who can see dead people and is now doomed to help them with their love problems. It’s a wonderfully unique Valentine’s Day romance story. Everyone’s tired of people bragging about their relationships on Facebook, and Gervais portrays this feeling perfectly. Love isn’t always as much fun as it sounds; sometimes, you just end up involved in other people’s drama.

                                Best Quote

                                Bertram Pincus (Gervais): “All work and no play makes Jack- a vital member of society.”

                                8 – Shrek (2001)

                                  It’s hard to believe it’s been over a decade since Shrek came out (!). This is a fun, backwards fairy tale where the ogre gets the girl. Featuring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, Shrek is a feel-good movie that’s perfect for the young – and mature – at heart.

                                  Best Quote

                                  Shrek: “For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.”

                                  7 – Seems Like Old Times (1980)

                                    Ahhh, the classics. One of the best movies from the 80s, Seems Like Old Times is a Neil Simon film that still maintains its charm. Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn are a divorced couple, and, after being forced to take part in a bank robbery, Chase hides out at Hawn’s house. The only problem is Hawn’s husband (Charles Groden) is the district attorney, so a lot of hijinx ensue. If you pine for an old flame, Seems Like Old Times is the Valentine’s Day romantic comedy for you.

                                    Best Quote

                                    Glenda (Hawn) “Chester. You just went through a stop sign.”

                                    Chester (Chase) “I can’t help it. I don’t like to read when I drive.”

                                    6 – About a Boy (2002)

                                      You’d think watching a man hang out with an unrelated boy would be a little weird – and not great romantic-film fodder. But in About a Boy, it plays out beautifully. This is a buddy flick and a romance rolled into one, and it teaches men that parenting isn’t scary. If you’re a slacker who still hasn’t grown up, About a Boy is for you.

                                      Best Quote

                                      Marcus: “After a few visits, Will seemed to think he had to ask me serious questions, when I knew he really wanted to watch Xena Warrior princess.”

                                      5 – True Romance (1993) (Runner Up: Natural Born Killers)

                                        Quentin Tarantino isn’t exactly known for the romance in his films, but True Romance, which he wrote, is an epic romantic crime drama. There are drugs, hookers, and all sorts of guns. The love between Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is something we all wish we had. By the time this movie reaches its bloody climax, not only will you be in love with Elvis, but you’ll know the origin of Sicilians.

                                        Best Quote

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                                        Clarence Worley: “You just said you love me, now if I say I love you and just throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall where they may and you’re lying to me I’m gonna fuckin’ die.”

                                        4 – Titanic (1997)

                                          If you’ve never seen Titanic, you must! And if you have, consider watching it again for Valentine’s. This classic romantic-disaster film won eleven Oscars, because of its superb cast, plot, and music.

                                          Spoiler Alert: The ship sinks, and it takes like half the movie. Before it happens though, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) steals Rose (Kate Winslett) from her rich husband-to-be. Titanic is a tear-jerker with an epic romance that is fated to failure.

                                          Best Quote

                                          Jack Dawson: “Where to, Miss?”

                                          Rose DeWitt Bukater: “To the stars.”

                                          3 – Bride and Prejudice (2004)

                                            This Bollywood take on the classic “Pride and Prejudice” is a musical delight. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may not be well-known in majority-English-speaking countries, but she is beautiful and talented – her acting, singing, and dancing expertise is on full display. This movie is beautiful, tells an old story; and you’ll look sophisticated for suggesting it. The colorful costumes and set designs are like taking an exotic vacation from your couch.

                                            Best Quote

                                            Lalita Bakshi (Rai): “You should be stirring your husband’s dinner not trouble.”

                                            2 – Love, Actually (2003)

                                              Love Actually follows the intertwining stories of eight British couples dealing with love in very different ways. It’s a romantic comedy and a Christmas film, but its sappiness is matched by genuine and heartwarming moments. It’s impossible to watch this movie without laughing, crying, and falling in love with at least one character! Love Actually may be the best romantic comedy ever written.

                                              Best Quote

                                              Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”

                                              1 – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

                                                This Oscar-nominated flick might not come to mind as a movie perfect for Valentine’s Day. But you and your Valentine’s Day date just might find that refreshing!

                                                Martin Scorsese is known for his thrilling films, and Wolf of Wall Street does not disappoint. It’s a raw and emotional movie, with some violence, nudity, and drug use – all to show the underbelly of the high-octane world of finance. DiCaprio’s performance is compelling and exciting – this movie is worth your time!

                                                Best Quote

                                                Jordan Belfort: [to the waiter] “Oh, I’m good with water for now.”

                                                Mark Hanna: “It’s his first day on Wall Street. Give him time.”

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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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