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Overcoming fatigue at year-end

Studies have shown that fatigue is a very common complaint, especially towards the end of the year, and it is believed that 10 per cent of all patients attending a general practice complain of fatigue each year. A study published in The British Medical Journal found that the main causes of fatigue were due to:

• Psychosocial factors: work, family, and lifestyle matters.
• Psychological factors: anxiety or depression.
• Physical factors: long illness or recent surgery.
• Environmental factors: pollution and weather.

Tips to curb fatigue

Spend at least a half an hour every morning and night in quiet thought or meditation. Have a warm bath or shower and a cup of herbal tea (such as chamomile) at night. During this time, relax and think about the small steps you can take the next day to reduce your stress. Try to be positive as amazing things can be achieved by attitude.

You can also speak to your doctor about embarking on a mild exercise programme, building up your strength, and fitness slowly with walking, swimming, or another exercise you can control your own pace with. Also, try a customised eating plan – dietitians offer valuable assistance with meals that provide energy and don’t slow you down.

If, however, you are feeling excessively fatigued it may be a good idea to consult your doctor.