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I Am Just Soooo Tired

It’s Friday Night and I’m totally beat.. Whilst my colleagues are getting ready to go out for the office Pub Night, I can’t wait to go home and get ready for bed. I don’t think I have actually ever actually attended one of the Pub Nights.

Endometriosis takes an invisible toll on my body. Every. Single. Day. I’m lucky enough to be able to work full time, but not to say it doesn’t leave me exhausted. I’m sure many of you will recognize this feeling.

There was once a time it used to bother me that other people seem to have an endless amount of energy to do whatever they want and I don’t. I am sure many of you have had these ‘looks’ from others, as if to say, ‘how boring are you for going home!’ But I’m totally over it. I refuse to waste energy on worrying about what other people think. In fact, my husband, my 5 year old son and I have our own little Friday Night Parties at home that are just as good. We get in bed as early as 6pm, cuddle up and watch the latest DVDs. This may sound boring to others, but I can never think of anything better to do. I’m with the people I love the most, being entertained for free, and totally relaxed and chilled out. What more do I want?

But yes, fatigue is a serious subject and is affecting many us of daily. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to make you feel slightly better throughout the day when it comes to feeling tired and exhausted. Here’s what helps me:

Know your boundaries and don’t put pressure on yourself. Planning to do some exercise, go shopping, do your housework, host a diner for your friends, followed by a night out clubbing? Think again! You know this will probably be too much for you. Make realistic plans and ensure you take some time to rest throughout the day.

Exercise. Yes, again with the exercise, but trust me, moving your body as often as you can will give you more energy throughout the day, but remember to not overdo it. Listen to your body and exercise at your own pace.

Adjust your mindset. Instead of giving in to the knowledge you are fatigued, just take each day as it comes, one step at the time. You can do more than you think if your mindset is positive. The glass is always half full!

Control your carbohydrates intake. If you eat a large quantity of carbs, you could experience a sugar crash which can leave you even more lethargic. The effects, however, can be less if you undertake a lot of physical activity within the next few hours after consumption.

Try Spirulina as a supplement. Spirulina is a rich natural source of vegetable protein, iron, a range of other minerals, multivitamins, and much more. It comes in powder or tablet form and could help you overcome that tiredness feeling. Check with your doctor first if you are planning to use this, as it could interact with your other medication.

Make sure you get enough sleep. I know this is sometimes easier said than done when you’re in a lot of pain, but in general try and aim for 8 hours sleep at night if you can. Check out Tips for a Good Night Sleep.

Do you suffer from fatigue? Let us know what you do to get through the day!

 

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3 Comments

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    Nadine
    April 23, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Thanks what a lovely positive perspective. I too have embraced the lack of energy, accepted it as part of the course of endo. and enjoy lovely early nights and nights in with no guilt and time with my son and husband. X

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    Poppybead
    April 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It’s sometimes hard to explain how fatigue takes it’s toll. This was a lovely way to look at it and won’t worry about the housework after a day’s work.

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    Helen
    August 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I suffer from fatigue on a regular basis. Another thing on the list that endometriosis does to your body. Finding ways to cope with the fatigue can be hard and very depressing when you cannot join friends/family at social events but having endometriosis makes you value your time to spend your energy on the important things in life

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