Feeling fatigued?

How to cope with tiredness when you need to be on top form..

Models sometimes have a hectic lifestyle. Sticking to a busy work schedule is undoubtedly difficult, but actually keeping busy is part of a natural, healthy life. The question is: how do you balance a demanding timetable so you don’t get exhausted? And how do you overcome fatigue once it hits you?

Fatigue has a nasty habit of sneaking up on individuals who like to live life to the full. Bizarrely, in stages of inactivity, you may also feel weary and sluggish. How can that be? The good news is that fatigue is fairly common in healthy people. Most of us consider ourselves to be in fairly good physical shape, and we’re all prone to bouts of exhaustion. The crucial aspects are finding the cause of fatigue, and taking steps to reduce the condition. 

Have you ever heard someone state they’re too tired to exercise? Again, this is not unusual – indeed, it’s completely understandable. But if this excuse is used too often, the person is in danger of falling into a cycle of lethargy, and this will only increase fatigue. Being active promotes a balanced lifestyle and can enhance energy levels. If you’ve promised yourself to exercise after work (even for fifteen minutes), have the willpower to do exactly that. It’ll be hard at first, but after the first few days, you’ll congratulate yourself for taking the first step, and this will automatically give you the drive to continue exercising. In no time at all you’ll feel the difference.

Check that you go to bed at pretty standard times throughout the week. Going to sleep at random hours will affect your body clock; in effect your body will be confused. The “standard” of eight hours’ sleep per night works for some people, but not in others. Maintain the same number of hours’ sleep for a period of time and see how you feel. If you’re still tired, get an extra hour of shut-in. Long-term sleeping difficulties could be a symptom of other conditions, so don’t be afraid to see your doctor or GP. 

Don’t skip meals! Most people need about 1,100-1,300 calories per day to prevent a reduced metabolism. Breakfast is a key meal; eat slow burning meals like porridge to start the day right. Speaking of food, increase your protein intake, and drink more water. Also, avoid the temptation to bulk up on quick fixes like sweets, chocolate or other sugary treats. Enjoy them sparingly…

As tempting as it is, avoid sleeping during the day. A quick “power nap” works for some, but generally a lengthy daytime siesta is detrimental to your night-time sleeping pattern.

In conclusion, follow these steps and see your energy levels soar, allowing the dreaded fatigue to wear off:

  • Try to exercise at least three times weekly.
  • Maintain a regular bedtime, as well as setting your alarm clock at the same time. And don’t snooze!
  • Avoid excess caffeinated drinks.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption.
  • Make time for moments of relaxation – a sound mind will work wonders for your sleeping patterns and increased energy levels.

Models can be on set for long periods of time. It’s good advice to know as much about your assignment before arriving, so you can plan accordingly. Just a few tweaks could lead to a marked improvement in your energy levels. Stick your game-plan and watch your energy levels soar.