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Tips to deal with fatigue

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Dr Trideep Choudhury, consultant psychiatrist, Department of mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis healthcare, said, "Fatigue can be physical exhaustion or mental exhaustion. Over exerting ourselves at work beyond a certain point can cause deterioration of physical health, decreased productivity and other psychological issues and maladaptive coping mechanism.

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To deal with fatigue, firstly there has to be a good work life balance, take all breaks between works, it is said that the mind works best when it can take atleast 5 to 10 mins break after every 49 to 45 mins of work so that we can put optimum concentration. 

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When we take breaks, we should not be hooked to our gadgets, try to engage in other light activities like talking with our colleagues about something unrelated to work, listening to music, come out of the working environment for some minutes etc.

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Moreover we can practise mindfulness i.e. living in the present without worrying about the future or thinking over the past, e.g. when we are drinking a up of tea, we should put all our attention on tasting the cup of tea and not thinking something else.

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Different mindfulness activities like yoga can be practised to inculcate this habit in our daily lives, it decreases our psychological distress and fatigue.

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Good uninterrupted sleep at night for 6 to 9 hours is necessary to feel refreshed the next day. 

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Too much of caffeine, other substances like alcohol, smoking should not be used for to get rid of the fatigue. Nutritious food with lot of fruits and vegetables give us the much needed anti oxidants which help us against fatigue. 

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