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45 Essential Dog Care Hacks That Will Make Their Owner’s Life Easier

45 Essential Dog Care Hacks That Will Make Their Owner’s Life Easier

Pet parents know that their pup is worth every hair tumbleweed and chewed shoe that they must deal with to have the precious pooch in their lives. However, who wouldn’t want an even smoother interaction with man’s best friend? Below are 45 dog-care hacks to prove once and for all that owning a dog in this era of genius ideas and gadgets has never been easier.

1. Dog Crates to Improve Pet and People Sanity

Crates, when used correctly, can be an extremely important tool. They can help you with potty training, keeping your pup from chewing power cords and other dangerous things when you can’t watch them, and can give your dog a safe place to go to take a break from too much activity. Teach your young children to leave the dog alone if he retreats to his crate. Crates are also great to take with you to give your dog a point of reference if you travel, as they will feel safer in a car, plane, or hotel room if they already see the crate as their familiar den. It’s easy to train a dog to love his crate; especially if you feed him in it. Make it comfortable with soft bedding and keep it open in a quiet area of the house, so the dog can utilize it when needed.

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    2. DIY Pet Treats and Pill Pockets

    There are plenty of DIY dog treat recipes out there for those who like to show their pooch a little lovin from the oven! But, if you have a pet that needs daily medication, and you don’t want to spend money on store-bought pill pockets, you can make your own with this simple pill-pocket recipe. Depending on the size of your pill, you can also use frozen blackberries or blueberries if you want to give your pet another healthy anti-oxidant-rich alternative. Just run the berry under water to thaw, and push the pill in! Remember, not all berries are good for your dog to eat!

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      3. Smart Pet Doors Let in Only Furry Family

      Do you ever feel like a doorman for your pet? Have you thought about a pet door, but are worried that a ravaging racoon may wander in at night? Then get a pet door that only unlocks for your fur kid. These wondrous passageways are only unlocked by a signal from your pet’s collar. This way, your pooch has full access to your house and yard, and you have peace of mind knowing that no masked bandits are entering your home.

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        4. Use a Dremel for a Puppy Pedi

        Trimming back your four-legged friend’s nails is an essential part of dog care. Some dogs hate the feeling of regular nail clippers, as they can put pressure on the nail quick and cause discomfort. With a bit of patience, you can train many dogs to accept a Dremel. The Dremel bit does not put pressure on the nail quick like regular dog clippers. Many dogs, once trained to accept the sound and feel of the Dremel, prefer it to regular clippers. Just remember to trim back longer hair that is around the paws so that it doesn’t get caught in the tool. Also, use the sanding drum and constantly put your finger on it to check it when it’s not moving to make sure it’s not building up too much heat, like in this instructional video. This toe tool can then help you create a spa day with your best friend, and easily sand your dog’s nails down for the perfect pedi.

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          5. Chicken and Rice Works Wonders for the Upset Puppy Tummy

          Vets have recommended it for years. If your dog suffers from digestive troubles, and you’ve cleared him of the more serious health issues with your vet, you can help soothe his tummy with a base chicken and rice home-cooked meal.

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            6. DIY Pet Beds From Old Furniture

            Ever wondered what to do with that old T.V. cabinet or vintage dresser? Well, wonder no more! Make it a trendy pad for your pooch with these great ideas!

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              7. Does Your Dog Wolf Down His Food?

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                8. Put an Extra Collar Around Your Leash Handle to Make It Hands-Free

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                  9. Bitter Apple for Problem Chewers

                  If your dog is chewing you out of house and home, Bitter Apple is a safe alternative to deter your pet from taking that next bite. It tastes pretty potent to dogs, but it’s also perfectly safe for them to ingest – unlike your power cord.

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                    10. Pet Evac Kit for Emergencies

                    No one wants to think about disasters, but it’s always good to have a plan in case they happen. It could save your dog’s life!

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                      11. DIY Pet Shampoo

                      You can save money by making your own shampoo from common household items like Dawn, baking soda, and vinegar. Get the recipe here.

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                        12. Baking Soda and Vinegar Remove Urine Smell

                        Soak up the urine with a paper towel, spray the stain with a mixture of half vinegar and half baking soda solution, and let it soak in for 10 minutes. Then, absorb the excess moisture with a paper towel, sprinkle the spot with baking soda, and let it dry. Just keep pets away, as baking soda is toxic to dogs. Once dry, vacuum it up. Remember, dogs will eliminate where they smell their previous markings, so it’s very important to deodorize as well as clean to prevent repeat accidents.

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                          13. Know Dog CPR

                          Knowing dog CPR could save your pet’s life. Keep instructions in an easily-accessible place, in case you need to access them quickly.

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                            14. Re-purpose Old Clothes into Pet Clothes

                            You can use sweater sleeves, socks, and tee shirts to create adorable outfits and trendy clothes for Fido.

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                              15. Crib Mattress with Fitted Sheets for Pet Bed

                              Unlike regular pet beds, you can easily wash the sheets!

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                                16. Did Your Sunglasses Break? Make DIY Sunglasses For Fido

                                Bright sun can be tough on doggie eyes too! Make some trendy DIY pet shades here.

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                                  17. DIY Refill Water Bowl

                                  Tired of filling up your dog’s bowl? Make this cute contraption to make sure your pup stays hydrated.

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                                    18. Freeze Attachable Water Bowls in Crate When Traveling So Your Pet Won’t Spill

                                    If you fly with your dog in a crate under the plane, make sure to fill the attachable water bowl with water and put it in the freezer the night before your flight. Take it out right before you leave. The water will slowly melt, and not spill in transit. This way, the water won’t splash out during the hassle of getting on the plane and wet their bedding. Your pet will also have plenty to drink on the long flight, and the ice will keep them cooler in case the temperature is a bit warm on your travel day.

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                                      19. Keep pet paws clean

                                      Easily wash dogs paws when coming in with the Paw Wash. You can also keep baby wipes handy to make sure your pet doesn’t track in dirt from the great outdoors.

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                                        20) Stop Houdini Hounds

                                        If your dog is small enough to squeeze through your gate, buy this ingenious little harness. Your dog can move freely, but will be slightly less squeezable when it comes to fences. Make sure your harness still lets your pet come in through your pet door.

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                                          21. Have a Fail-Safe Word That Brings Your Dog Back Every Time

                                          Does your dog run come barreling to you at the word “cookie?” If you haven’t trained your dog to come to you, and you should for their safety, make sure you at least have a word that they recognize, like “treat,” that you can use if they get loose.

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                                            22. If You Don’t Have a Recall Word, Try Drama

                                            If your dog gets loose, and they haven’t learned a word that brings them back to you, they may still respond to some clever acting. Whatever you do, don’t chase after them. They are probably faster than you. However, if you fall down and pretend to be hurt, they may run back to check on you. You can also run away from them calling happily in an excited voice. Dogs naturally chase things that run away from them. Then, when they “catch you,” you’ve actually caught them.

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                                              23. Cargo Pants Convert to Dog Cooling Vest

                                              Does your dog get hot easily? You can create this cute cooling vest by cutting up old cargo pants.

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                                                24. For Puppy-Kissable Breath

                                                If you dog suffers from bad breath, but doesn’t enjoy the tooth-brushing experience, you can put dog toothpaste on a lint brush and have your dog lick it off. Much of the bacteria that causes that foul smell is on the tongue. Another trick is to add parsley to their food. It’s full of good vitamins and naturally eliminates stinky breath.

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                                                  25. Everyone Loves Pool Time

                                                  You can create hours of entertainment for your pet, and also help them stay cool by buying a kiddy plastic pool. Just fill it with water and enjoy your puppy playtime show.

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                                                    26. Turmeric Can Help with Pain And Other Ailments

                                                    Turmeric has shown, in recent studies, to help fight cancer, detoxify the body, reduce anti-inflammatory issues, and lower or even eliminate pain. All of the benefits seen in humans are also found to be true in our four-legged furry friends. However, Turmeric also is a blood thinner, and may react with medications. So always check with your vet before adding it to your pet’s diet. You can normally feed 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.

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                                                      27. Vaseline on Paws Protect Puppy Pads From Snow

                                                      Snow can scrape up sensitive paws. A little Vaseline on your pup’s pads before a snowball fight goes a long way to making sure the game stays fun for everyone.

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                                                        28. The Vacuum Isn’t the Enemy

                                                        Many dogs hate the vacuum, but with a bit of positive training, you can teach your dog that the vacuum only brings good things – like praise and treats. Then, you can use grooming tools like the Dyson Grooming Tool or other vacuum attachments to suck up your dog’s dander and hair before it ever hits the floor.

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                                                          29. DIY Frozen Dog Toys

                                                          Is your pet the coolest kid on the block? To help him keep him in that status, freeze some of his toys and treats in water or chicken broth, and watch him go to town. He will be occupied for hours getting to all of the hidden treasures, and will be too busy to get into other mischief.

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                                                            30. Use a Dryer Sheet to Calm a Dog During a Storm

                                                            Many times, it’s the electric charge in the air and not the actual storm that upsets dogs during bad weather. Some dogs just don’t like the noise, but if your dog just hates the electricity in the air, take a dryer sheet and rub it over him to make him feel better.

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                                                              31. Remove Pet Hair with a Wet Rubber Glove

                                                              If you don’t have access to a lint roller, take a wet rubber glove and rub your hand over furry furniture. You can easily pick up the hair.

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                                                                32. Soften Dry Kibble in Warm Water

                                                                If you have a finicky eater or an older dog, add warm water or chicken broth, and let the kibble soften for about 15 minutes. You may notice a renewed interest in their appetite. This also helps your dog stay hydrated.

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                                                                  33. Know Your Dog’s Body Language

                                                                  Dog’s can’t talk like humans. If you know how to read their body language, they can communicate very effectively to you how they are feeling. Many dog bites happen from humans not tuning into the signals the dog is screaming through their body posture. Most dogs bite when that’s the only recourse left to get their point across.

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                                                                    34. Use Classical Music to Calm

                                                                    You may enjoy relaxing to a good Bach concerto, but did you know that studies also show that classical music soothes your pet too?

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                                                                      35. Tire Out Your Energizer Bunny

                                                                      If you have a high-energy dog, have them wear a vest and carry water, waste bags, and other supplies on walks. It gives them a job to do that challenges them mentally and physically, you don’t have to carry anything, and you also don’t have to run a marathon with them to tire them out.

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                                                                        36. Beat the Street Heat

                                                                        Remember, if you can’t walk barefoot on the pavement without it burning, then neither should your dog. Always walk them early in the morning or later in the evening if they have to walk on pavement to prevent burned paws.

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                                                                          37. For Cleaning Those Puppy Pearly Whites

                                                                          Some dogs don’t tolerate people brushing their teeth. If your pup is a bit reluctant to do his dental diligence, squeeze some doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy. They can happily chew on it, while unknowingly brushing their teeth.

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                                                                            38. DIY Pet Paw Ornaments

                                                                            These cute ornaments will give you a lasting memory of your pet, and let them contribute to the Christmas decorations. Learn how to make them here!

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                                                                              39. Lost Dog Tip

                                                                              First, you should exhaust all other options to find your dog, such as putting up posters, posting adds online and in the paper, checking animals shelters, and personally searching. However, if you have some idea where your dog was last seen, leave something that smells like you, such as a used article of clothing, with some food and water.  Leave a note asking people not to take the items. Leave your phone number on the note so that people can call you if they see your dog staying in that spot. Then, keep checking that location. If your dog is still nearby, he will be drawn to your scent, as well as the food and water.

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                                                                                40. Microchip and Register your Pet

                                                                                A registered microchip on your dog could save his life if he ends up in a high-kill animal shelter. Keep your records current with the microchip company and your vet.  There are so many stories of families who would have never been reunited with their pets, except for their decision to microchip.

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                                                                                  41. Pet Credit Card for Emergencies

                                                                                  If you choose not to carry Pet Insurance, having a pet credit card like Care Credit will allow you to make payments interest free for a year on big veterinary expenses.

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                                                                                    42. Car Insurance That Covers Your Entire Family

                                                                                    Some car insurance companies, such as Progressive, offer to pay medical bills for your pet in the event of an accident.

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                                                                                      43. Travel in Style

                                                                                      You don’t have to leave your pet with a sitter. Utilize free travel sites that show what hotels welcome your furry family. For example, the hotel chain La Quinta doesn’t charge a pet fee for your dog to join you in your room.

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                                                                                        44. Keep Your Dog Trim and Get More Time!

                                                                                        Feeding dogs extra treats may make them extra happy, but it shortens their life if they become obese. In fact, dogs at a healthy weight lived almost two years longer in a recent study. That’s a big number to a dog! Keeping your pet lean can also help them live a more active lifestyle by reducing their risk for joint problems and diabetes.

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                                                                                          45) Never, Ever Leave Pets in Your Hot Car

                                                                                          The temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes according to a recent study! Cracking your windows makes little difference in the power of the sun to turn your car into a death oven. Take your pets with you or leave them at home, but don’t lock them in your car!

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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.

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                                                                                            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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