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20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

In each of us lies a hidden sweet tooth that may be a remnant of our initial eating patterns (our early ancestors were gatherers and all instincts would point towards fruit because it is a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate food source), or may simply show our culinary evolution.

Whichever the case is, most of us eagerly await for the dessert when attending a meal. And who can’t relate to that? The idea of crème brûlée melting in your mouth, or some crunchy cookies fresh out of the oven is enough to make one’s mouth watery. Here are a few dessert recipes that are both easy to prepare and delicious.

1. Autumn Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake. The texture, the fine taste, the unique blend of flavors. There is something extremely homely and welcoming about a piece of cheesecake with whipped cream.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup Graham Cracker crumbs
    • ½ Cup finely chopped pecans
    • 3 Tbsp white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
    • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • ½ cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ Tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 cups apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans

    Directions:

    In a preheated oven (175 degrees C) bake the cracker crumbs, the 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 3 Tbsp sugar, ½ TSP cinnamon and the butter as the bottom layer. While this is baking in the oven, mix the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl, then add this to the baked bottom layer. Lastly, mix 1/3 cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon, then toss this composition over the sliced apples and add this to the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake for 60 minutes. Done!

    Source: Autumn Cheescake

    2. Creme Caramel

    This is an extremely easy desert to prepare that requires only ingredients found in your fridge and is simple and fun to prepare.

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      Ingredients

      • 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
      • 300 ml thickened cream
      • 1 ½ cups milk
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 6 eggs

      Directions:

      As always, start preheating your oven while you combine ¾ cup sugar and 1 cup cold water in a saucepan and cook over low heat. After the water has evaporated, cook at maximum heat for 5-7 minutes until golden. Pour the mixture into desert forms. The cream, milk and vanilla come together in a saucepan and are cooked while stirring. End by mixing the eggs and sugar in a bowl until smooth and adding it to the desert forms. Bake and cool in the fridge.

      Source: Creme Caramel

      3. Jello Dessert

      This fine looking piece of cuisine will surely please the most demanding of guests, and will look interesting enough to even try this Christmas.

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        Ingredients

        • 2 cups crushed pretzels
        • ¾ cup melted butter
        • 2 tablespoons sugar

        Filling:

        • 8 ounces of cream cheese
        • 1 cup of sugar
        • 1 cartoon frozen whipped topping, thawed

        Topping:

        • 3 ounces each of strawberry gelatin
        • 2 cups boiling water
        • 1/2 cup cold water

        Directions:

        Mix the pretzels, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Put the dough in an ungreased baking pan, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After it is cool, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Stir in the whipped topping and spread over the pretzel crust. Once you are done, refrigerate until cool. The topping can be made in a small bowl. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water, add cool water and chill partially. Pour over the filling with care and refrigerate the dessert for 4-5 hours.

        Source: Prezel Jello Desser Recipe

        4. Mini Cheesecakes

        In all fairness, we have already gone through cheesecakes, but there is simply no justice done where this dessert is concerned.

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          Ingredients

          • Vegetable oil spray
          • 24 plain chocolate wafer cookies
          • 3 tablespoon(s)unsalted butter,melted
          • 8 ounce(s)cream cheeseat room temperature
          • 1/4cup(s)sugar
          • 2/3cup(s)romage blanc (6 ounces),at room temperature
          • 2 large eggs
          • 2 teaspoon(s)pure vanilla extract
          • 1/4cup(s)seedless raspberry preserves

          Directions:

          Place 12 muffin forms in the preheated oven, where you add the chocolate cookies and butter mixed and bake for five minutes. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and white cheese, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour this mix in the muffin forms and bake until jiggly. Spread rasberry preserves on your mini cheese cakes and you’re set.

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          Source: Mini Cheese Cakes

          5. Lemon Layered Dessert

          Simple, delicious, and fast.

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            Ingredients:

            • 15 lemon cookies, crushed
            • 21 ounce can blueberry pie filling
            • 8 ounce frozen whipped topping
            • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
            • 6 ounce frozen lemonade concentrate

            Directions:

            In parfait glasses, sprinkle the crushed cookies, then add die pie filling, whipped topping and lemonade with condensed milk. Repeat layers until ready. Chill and serve.

            Source: Lemon layered dessert

            6. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

            With layer upon layer of chocolate, this will certainly be a treat, especially for the little ones. It is actually one of the easiest dessert recipes around.
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              Ingredients

              • 240 ml Water
              • 125 g unsalted butter
              • 35 g cocoa
              • 300 g plain flour
              • 1 Tsp baking soda
              • 440 g caster sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 125 g buttermilk
              • 1 Tsp pure vanilla extract

              Filling:

              • 100 g unsalted butter
              • 500 g cream cheese
              • 320 g icing sugar
              • 50 g cocoa

              Directions

              Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C and prepare 2 cake tins by greasing them and lining them with parchment paper. Melt together the water, butter and cocoa in a pan. Combine the flour, bicarbonate and sugar, then add the cocoa mixture and whisk. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the composition for the 2 cake tins and bake them in the preheated oven. Allow to cool.

              Mix together the cream cheese and butter until creamy smooth. Add cocoa and icing sugar into the mix and beat until the mixture is fluffy.

              Assemble the cake by slicing the cooled cakes horizontally and adding the filling in between each layer. Enjoy.

              Source: Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

              7. Strawberry Shortcake

              Shortcakes are excellent deserts, refreshing, not too sweet and absolutely satisfying in every way. Here is an easy recipe that will knock your shoes off.

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                Ingredients

                Fruit layer and topping:

                • 8 cups strawberries
                • 6 Tbsp sugar
                • 2 cups whipped cream

                Shortcakes

                • 2 cups white flour
                • 5 tbsp sugar
                • 1 tbsp baking powder
                • ½ tsp salt
                • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
                • 1 egg beaten
                • ½ cup whole milk
                • 1 egg white

                Directions

                Crush 3 cups of strawberries in a bowl until they resemble a puree, while slicing the remainder of the strawberries and mixing them all up with the sugar. Let them macerate for a while. Preheat your oven. Combine the flour with 3 tbsp of sugar, the baking powder and the salt and mix together. Mix the butter in with the flour, then add the beaten egg and the milk. Combine all the ingredients, then prepare a dough (making sure not to overwork it) and cut 6 round dough biscuits. Place them on parchment paper and brush them with beaten egg whites.

                Sprinkle the remaining sugar over them and bake until brown. Prepare the whipped cream, then assemble your shortcakes by cutting your cooked biscuits into halves, then adding a portion of the sugar strawberries and whipped cream in between the two halves. Decorate with strawberries if desired and you’re done.

                Source: Strawberry Shortcake

                8. Angel Cake

                This is an extremely moist, light, fluffy cake that is also diet friendly- what more could the ladies wish for?

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                  Ingredients

                  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
                  • 1 cup flour
                  • 1 ½ cup egg whites (12)
                  • 1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
                  • 1 cup granulated sugar
                  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
                  • ½ tsp almond extract
                  • a pinch of salt

                  Directions

                  Preheat your oven and place the rack in the lowest position possible. Start by mixing your flour and powdered sugar, then mix the egg whites with the cream of tartar separately until foamy. Then add the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and the salt. Continue mixing the ingredients until a meringue forms, then sprinkle the sugar-flour mixture on top until completely incorporated. Put the mixture into a cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, turn the cake upside down and let it cool completely.

                  Loosen the sides with a knife, remove from pan and decorate to your heart’s desire.

                  Source: Angel Cake

                  9. Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                  This tasty desert is extremely easy to make, and a perfect choice for a cool afternoon. It is also healthy and suitable for diabetics.

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                    Ingredients:

                    • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
                    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
                    • 2-1/4 cups grated coconut
                    • 1/3 cups sugar substite
                    • 2 large white eggs

                    Directions:

                    Start by preheating the oven, and then batter together the egg whites and tartar cream until stiff peaks start to form. Add the sugar substitute (you can add more, according to your taste), the almond extract, and finally, the grated coconut. After the mixture becomes stiff, with a teaspoon make cookies on a tray. Add a cooking sheet beforehand and bake for 20 minutes. All done! Enjoy.

                    Source: Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                    10. Strawberry Angel Food

                    Number 10 on our list of dessert recipes is the Angel Food dessert. This recipe has received a lot of positive reviews, and this can only mean one thing: it’s fast and extremely tasty. It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare, and the strawberries mixed with sweetened cream cheese will definitely be a delight for the senses.

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                      Ingredients:

                      • one 10 inch angel food cake
                      • 1 container of frozen whipped topping
                      • 2 packages of softened cream chese
                      • 1 cup white sugar-flour
                      • fresh strawberries
                      • 1 jar of strawberry glaze

                      Directions:

                      Start by crumbling the cake into 9×13 inch dish. Prepare the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl, until it becomes light and fluffy. With your hands spread the cream cheese over the cake. Next you will have to combine strawberries and glaze until everything is covered. Put in the freezer for a few minutes/hours to chill.

                      Source: Strawberry Angel Dessert

                      11. Caramel Crunch Ice-Cream

                      The caramel crunch ice-cream is the easiest, most delicious ice-cream recipe you could find. It’s the ideal choice for a warm summer day.

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                        Ingredients:

                        • 1 litre low-fat vanila caramel swirl ice-cream
                        • 125gr chopped butternut snap biscuits
                        • half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
                        • chopped dry roasted pecans
                        • wafle cones for serving

                        Directions:

                        Put the ice-cream in a bowl to soften up. Once it is soft enough, add the biscuit crumbs, cinamon and pecans. Place back in the ice-cream container and freeze for a few hours. Serve in scoops and add some syrup if you like.

                        SourceCaramel Crunch Ice-cream

                        12. Hummingbird Pudding Cake

                        The hummingbird pudding cake is filled with wonderful fruits like pineapple and banana, and its creamy cheese frosting works perfectly with the pecans. It is advisable to use deep yellow, ripe bananas.

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                          Ingredients

                          For Cake

                          • 2 large eggs
                          • 1 cup (7 ounces) firmly packed light brown sugar
                          • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                          • 1 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
                          • 1/2 cup canola oil
                          • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                          • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple in syrup
                          • 1 1/4 cup (6 1/4 ounces) all purpose flour
                          • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                          • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                          • 2/3 cup pecan halves, chopped, plus extra for garnish

                          For Cream Cheese Frosting:

                          • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
                          • 1/3 cup (1 1/3 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
                          • 1 tablespoon dark rum (or milk)

                          Directions:

                          Granted, it requires a few extra ingredients, but it only takes 15 minutes to prepare, so it is super easy. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-by-9 inch baking pan and prepare the eggs, sugar, salt and banana in a large bowl. Stir until completely combined, then add he pineapple juice.

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                          Once you are done, also add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and chopped pecans to the bowl, and whisk until completely combined. Transfer the mixture to wire rack to cool off , after baking for 35 minutes. The cream frosting can be done in another bowl, by stiring cream cheese with sugar. Add some rum or milk, and spread over cooled cake.

                          SourceHummingbird Pudding Cake

                          13. One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                          Sometimes we feel the need to eat something delicious, luckily for us there are countless dessert recipes around to enjoy, but we simply don’t have time to waste preparing them, and we all know that home made treats are better than the ones we can find in stores. Here’s how you can make the One-Bowl chocolate cake:

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                            Ingredients:

                            • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                            • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
                            • 1 ½ cups of sugar, and 1 ½ teaspoons of bakind soda
                            • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
                            • ¾ teaspoon salt
                            • 2 large eggs
                            • ¾ cup buttermilk
                            • ¾ cup warm water
                            • 3 tablespoons saf flour oil
                            • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                            • chocolate frosting

                            Directions:

                            Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare the cake pans with butter (2 inches deep). After you butter the pans, dust them with cocoa. Put flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa in the mixer, and beat until fully combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla and prepare until the mixture is smooth. Divide the content between two pans, bake for 35 minutes and let it cool. Add chocolate frosting on one of the cooled layers, add the second layer, and use frosting for the finishing touches.

                            SourceOne-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                            14. Quick Brownies

                            This is undoubtedly the easiest, fastest, and tastiest brownie recipe ever. I love brownies, and there are many people who share my opinion.

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                              Ingredients:

                              • 2 cups of white sugar-flour
                              • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
                              • ½ teaspoon salt and baking powder
                              • ½ cup walnut halves
                              • 1 cup of buttermilk and 4 eggs
                              • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
                              • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                              Directions:

                              Melt the butter and then mix all of the ingredients together in the following order: sugar → butter → cocoa powder → vanilla extract → eggs → flour → baking powder → salt → walnut halves. Bake the mixture in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Done!

                              Source: AllRecipes.com

                              15. No-Bake Cookie Bars

                              Number 15 is an amazing recipe that takes a little under 30 minutes to finish. The whole idea is not to bake anything, so it’s really fast. We recommend using Oreo cookies for this dessert.

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                                Ingredients

                                • 2 ½ cups of crushed vanilla sandwich cookies (or Oreo cookies)
                                • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
                                • 10 oz chopped white chocolate (or black chocolate)
                                • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                                • ½ cup mini chocolate chips for decoration

                                Directions:

                                Add foil to a baking dish, and spray it with cooking spray. Crush the cookies in a food processor or manually, and combine with chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Melt everything together by stirring frequently. In a separate bowl stir cookie crumbs with melted chocolate mixture until everything is completely mixed. Wait two minute then add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Put everything in a pan, sprinkle mini chocolate chips, and let it chill for 30 minutes.

                                Source: No Bake Cookies

                                16. Basic Crepes

                                This Basic Crepes recipe can be made from ingredients that regular people have lying around in their house, it only takes 30 minutes to complete, and it tastes delicious. It is one of the most versatile dessert recipes because you can combine it with any type of filling.

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                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
                                  • ½ cups of water
                                  • ¼ teaspoon salt
                                  • 2 tablespoons melted buttermilk
                                  • 2 eggs
                                  • ½ cups of milk

                                  Directions:

                                  Whisk together the flour, and the eggs. Gradually add milk and water, while stirring continuously. Next add the salt and butter, and beat until smooth. Heat the pan a bit, and scoop the batter onto the griddle. Tilt the pan with a circular motion for better coverage. Cook the crepes for 2 minutes until the bottom becomes light brown. Let it cool off, and serve with fruit, jam, or finetti.

                                  Source: AllRecipes.com

                                  17. White Chocolate and Raspberry Sundae

                                  I can feel my senses heighten at the mere site of the Raspbery Sundae. This super easy recipe is a great choice for after meal, or a healthy solution for your little ones.

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                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 liter vanila ice cream
                                    • chocolate Tim Tam white biscuits
                                    • 2/3 cup caster sugar-flour
                                    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
                                    • 300g packet frozen raspberries
                                    • white chocolate curls

                                    Directions:

                                    Put the ice-cream in a large bowl, and let it soten for 10 minutes. Don’t let it melt. Next fold biscuits through the ice-cream and spoon the mixture into a 7cm-deep. Freeze over night until firm.

                                    18. Easy Pudding Cookies

                                    What’s the best secret to a perfect party at home? Tasty deserts of course. But this time you won’t have to cook all afternoon in order to create the perfect deserts, because you can make pudding cookies really fast and easy.

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                                      Ingredients:

                                      • 1 cup of butter
                                      • 1 cup packed brown sugar-flour
                                      • 1 pkg. JELL-O Chocolate instant pudding
                                      • 2 eggs
                                      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                                      • 2 cups of flour
                                      • 1-1/2 pkg. BAKER’S White chocolate, chopped

                                      Directions

                                      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl (until fluffy). Add dry pudding, and whisk until fully blended. Add the eggs and baking soda, then sprinkle flour gradually. Last but not least, add the chocolate to the mix. In a pan with baking sheets add tablespoons of dough, and bake for 12 minutes.

                                      Source: Easy Pudding Cookies

                                      19. Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                      This dessert is extremely refreshing and tasty. It only takes five minutes to prepare, but it must be cooled in the freezer for approximately five hours.

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                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (make sure it is sweetened)
                                        • ½ cup lemon juice
                                        • 2 cups of assorted fresh berries
                                        • 1 tub of frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
                                        • 1 Pie crust

                                        Directions:

                                        In a bowl add the condensed milk and lemon juice. Stir in the berries, and fold in whipped topping. Spread the crust and leave it to freeze for five hours until firm. Serve after the dessert stays for 30 minutes at temperature room, and garnish for an extra artistic effect.

                                        Source: Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                        20. Fruit and Almond Tart

                                        Fruits are really healthy, and so are almonds, and somebody has kindly created the most delicious recipe with both. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, and an hour to chill.

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                                          Ingredients:

                                          • 1 ½ cups of Multi-Grain crackers, crushed
                                          • ¼ cup granulated sugar
                                          • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
                                          • ¼ cups of butter, melted
                                          • 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
                                          • 1/3 cups of firmly packed brown sugar-flour
                                          • ¼ cups milk
                                          • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
                                          • ½ cup finely chopped almonds (toasted)
                                          • 3 cups of strawberries, seedless grapes, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges etc.
                                          • ¼ cup red currant jelly, melted

                                          Directions:

                                          In a bowl, mix the multi-grain crackers, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Next you have to add the butter and mix until combine. Add the dough to a 9 ½ – 10 inch tart pan with a removable button and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool completely. Separately, beat cream cheese with brown sugar, milk and almond extract until fluffy.

                                          Add the almonds. This mixture will be put on top of the cooled dough. The last step is to top with fruit and drizzle jelly. Put in the freezer for one hour, and serve.

                                          Source: SnackPicks

                                          I hope you liked our tasty and simple recipes, and we hope you enjoy them on a wonderful afternoon with your family or friends.

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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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