Sometimes, you need to take a break. But in other cases, it would help to move more, not less.
When you're exhausted, you won’t want to exercise. But if you worked out anyway, you might feel more energetic. Studies show that aerobic activity (which makes your heart beat faster) can cut fatigue in people who have an immune system disorder like rheumatoid arthritis.
It also strengthens the muscles around your joints, keeps your bones strong, and improves your mood.
Start with a few minutes of brisk walking. Gradually work up to 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. Swimming or pool exercises are also good options, because the water is easy on your joints.
The Best Way to Rest
Don’t stay in bed. It might make you feel more tired.
Instead, take regular rest breaks throughout the day. Find times that fit in with your life. Are you more productive in the morning? Then schedule some rest at noon. Do you need to regain energy before the kids get home from school? Then take a nap shortly before they get home. Two or three short rest breaks may give you the energy you need.
Check Your Diet
Little changes can make a big difference. Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day, so you don’t feel sluggish because you have low blood sugar.
Go for foods and snacks that include lean protein and whole grains, vegetables, or fruit. Try an apple with peanut butter, or some tuna on whole-grain bread.
Is your idea of breakfast a cup of coffee? Add a hard-boiled egg, a cup of yogurt, or a banana to your morning.
Tell Your Doctor
If you’ve tried everything and still feel wiped out, let your doctor know. He can see what the problem is.