Does dehydration affect fatigue? Are you drinking enough? (a chart to tell you)
Tips for easy eating when you are unwell
What you need to know about keeping hydrated.
Making sure that you are drinking is important for health and prevents dehydration. You should aim to drink at least 1.6 to 2 litres (approx. 3 to 4 pints) of fluid per day to stay hydrated. This is the same as about eight glasses or mugs of fluid.
Sometimes people are not aware that they are mildly dehydrated and by the time they feel thirsty they may be more moderately affected. Don’t forget that with warmer weather the fluid you will lose through sweating will be higher.
Checking the colour of your urine is an easy way to assess your own hydration level. Use this urine chart to see if you need to drink more.
Cracking smartphone addiction (to help prevent postural pain issues, fatigue and poor sleep)
When you are feeling unwell it is far more challenging to eat well. Having the energy or inclination to spend time preparing food can seem daunting. Many people find that they lose their normal appetite and enjoyment of food and eating can become a chore. Some people also feel less like eating if they are low in mood or concerned about their health.
The importance of pleasure (Why it matters)
As an experiment recently, I decided to pretend that I was alien from Mars (as you do) landing on planet earth and just observing how human beings behave. During one short journey by car through North Bristol, I was astonished by the numbers of people using their smartphones. There were delivery drivers texting in cars, kids gathered on a bench all on their phones, people walking along the road either alone or with others looking at or talking on their phones, people sitting on buses starting at their phones, passengers in cars on them... you get the picture! As a child of the seventies who has spent most of her life without such 24/7 access to everything at the touch of button, I can’t help wondering what costs (amongst the benefits) might be incurring as we (and I include myself) become more and more attached and dependent; dare I even say; addicted to our phones. I wonder this at the personal level and collectively as a society especially the impacts on the younger generation who don’t have any experience of anything else and wonder as to the impacts on them? Certainly, from our perspective as specialists working in the field of chronic pain and fatigue, the overuse of smartphones has negative effects.
How to handle stress (a practical guide)
How many times do we hear the words ‘it’s all about balance’. ‘Balance is key’. ‘All things in moderation’. Etc etc.? In fact, if we look at the definition of ‘balance’ we see that it’s ‘a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions’.
Broadly speaking we may find that our lives are split into different areas: Self care, achievement, connecting with others and enjoyment. Whilst Self care includes exercise, healthy eating, rest, sleep and treating illness; Achievement can include work, chores and study. Humans are, in general, social animals; we like to be surrounded by friends and share our personal experiences with others. But the bit that sometimes gets forgotten: enjoyment. Time to think about the activities that are fun, give pleasure and may be playful.
Explaining pain to friends and relatives (tips provided)
It’s unlikely that we’ll pass through life feeling little or no stress at all. (Although many of us can recall a friend or family member who’s “so laid back (s)he’s almost horizontal”!) Stress is linked to the ‘fight flight’ response; a primitive, normal and natural response that keeps us safe from any perceived threat.
Is fatigue the same as sleepiness? (how to tell the difference)
When you have an ongoing pain condition it can be such a struggle to talk to others about what its like to live with and what practical and emotional support they could give you. In this article, Vitality360’s specialist Occupatonal Therapist and lead Clinician, Beverly Knops who has decades of experience of supporting people in this situation, shares her advice on this topic.
Low FODMAP diet for IBS
It is easy to make assumptions about others based on their appearance or behaviours, but do we also make assumptions about ourselves when we feel fatigued?
The first thought for most people experiencing fatigue is, “I must get some more sleep”.
However, if you are already getting 7 – 8 hours reasonable sleep this is unlikely to make you feel better.
Make the most of natural light in winter
We have known people with fatigue and pain conditions, who also have IBS, where their main barrier to returning to work is not fatigue and pain but is in fact their gut symptoms.
It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the days are shorter, the weather has changed. Time to dive under the duvet and hibernate.
It can be a challenge to do the activities that are important to us when sunlight is in such short supply at this time of year; especially when we know how vital sunlight can be in so many ways.