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I’m a GP and that’s how I stop feeling tired all the time

Dragging yourself out of bed, yawning incessantly and craving caffeine to get you through the day…

Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

Many Brits report feeling tired all the time and aren't sure why - here are some tips

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Many Brits report feeling tired all the time and aren’t sure why – here are some tipsPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Doctors see the problem so often they have a medical acronym for it – TATT, Tired All The Time.

One in five of us visits our family doctor and suffers from tiredness and exhaustion.

A blood test can rule out a medical cause like an underactive thyroid or anemia, but it’s uncommon for GPs to find something physical wrong.

dr Sara KayatThis Morning’s GP sees many patients suffering from fatigue.

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She says: “There are many conditions that can cause fatigue, but usually when I’m looking at a person’s lifestyle, stress is the underlying problem.

“We as a society make us feel drained because of the way we live if we survive in the modern world.”

Our adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol, which is vital for the body to function properly.

But during times of high stress, cortisol spikes and when it stays high, it can wreak havoc on us both physically and emotionally.

Sara says, “Stress tends to wear off and slowly wear us out.

“Evolutionally, we all need something specific lot of stress to motivate us and set us in search of a ‘better life’ each day, but there can come a point where stress becomes harmful.”

Here Sara shares her tips on how to manage stress and how to keep yourself from feeling TATT…

YOU TIME

It is imperative that we learn to take time for ourselves. Without them, we stand little chance of reducing the daily stress that weighs on us.

Take time out once a week to read a book, get a manicure, draw or just dance like nobody’s looking!

It’s gotten so easy to spend your free time scrolling through social media, and while you think you’re relaxing, your mind isn’t.

It flips through hundreds of pictures and thinks, ‘Do I look as good as her?’ or “I wish I had so much fun.”

Take the time to think about what makes you feel happy, calm, and in the moment, and close the door on the outside world—at least for a while.

SLOW DOWN & DO LESS

Ever heard of the saying “less is more”? Doing less will make you happier because you will ultimately have less stress.

Life is more enjoyable when you slow down and take a moment to appreciate the little things.

Try switching to slow mode for everyday activities like driving, walking, and eating. Focus on one thing at a time and try to avoid multitasking. Nothing can be done efficiently if you are juggling 10 things at once.

Another tip is to try to cut your to-do list in half. We often pretend that we need to fit as much as possible in a limited amount of time, but that’s not realistic.

Stick to the things that matter most. This puts you under less pressure and gives you the feeling that you have achieved something.

SLEEP

Poor sleep is still one of the biggest stressors. We’re working longer and harder than ever, and we’re always available on our phones.

But without sleeping more, something has to give up. No wonder we feel tired all the time.

A bad night’s sleep can wreak emotional havoc on you and make it harder to deal with. You also tend to eat more sugary foods when you are sleep deprived, which only makes you feel worse.

Don’t sit on your phone and let the minutes or hours pass. Start by creating a bedtime routine that puts your head on the pillow around 10 p.m.

Sleep around the same time every night, create a dark, orderly, and quiet space in your bedroom, and give yourself time to relax.

When the clock strikes 9 p.m., turn off your phone to prepare for a healthy bedtime.

FOOD

If you make poor choices when it comes to eating and drinking, you will only run out of energy.

Caffeine and sugary foods only make your blood sugar levels fluctuate and cause it feelings of stress and anxiety.

Instead, choose slow-release carbohydrates and seasonal fruits and vegetables that are still fresh and packed with nutrients to help you feel happier and more alert.

Preparation is also key to feeling less stressed despite a hectic lifestyle.

Embrace what this modern world has to offer in terms of ordering your groceries to your door and avoid hours of chaotic rushing through supermarket aisles.

And when you make dinner, remember to make some more for your lunch the next day to avoid the crazy sandwich-buying at peak times.

It’s also a good idea to drink a bottle of water throughout the day. Without enough water, we become dehydrated, which can cause stress.

THE EXERCISE

When you’re tired, it’s very tempting to skip exercise, but being active for just 20 minutes a day can reduce fatigue, improve alertness and focus, and pack a punch emphasize.

This is because regular exercise helps your heart work more efficiently and distributes oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.

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It also produces chemicals in the brain called endorphins that improve the ability to sleep.

Next time you’re tempted to stretch out on the sofa, Go for a brisk walk or do some yoga stretches to increase energy, improve sleep and reduce stress.

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