Every year, Safe Work Australia presents a month-long awareness campaign through National Safe Work Month. National Safe Work Month introduces the opportunity to have more open and deeper conversations around understanding how we work, the hazards we face, and how we manage the risks to keep everyone safe. Safe Work Australia
At Glad Group, we regularly communicate about safety topics and support our teams to ensure their wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do. In October, we focused on fatigue management and the impacts fatigue can have on our lifestyle.
What does feeling fatigued mean
When you are fatigued, you feel exhausted all the time, to the point where you are sometimes unable to perform normally. Fatigue can affect our mental, physical, and subjective states, impacting your day-to-day life, including how you perform at work.
Fatigue can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their lives. If you are eating well, exercising regularly, and getting sufficient good quality sleep, but still finding it difficult to concentrate, complete everyday activities or be motivated to your usual level, you may be experiencing fatigue.
How can we manage fatigue?
The good news is that with a few simple lifestyle changes, you have the power to put vitality back into your life. Consider these three different ways you can boost your energy levels.
- Be conscious of what you eat and drink
- Improve your sleep quality
- Live a healthy and active lifestyle
Be aware of psychological issues and fatigue
- Reduce stress – Stress uses up a lot of energy, so introduce relaxing activities into your day. This could be working out at the gym, meditating, doing yoga, listening to music, or reading. Whatever relaxes you will improve your energy.
- Assess your lifestyle – For example, are you putting yourself under unnecessary stress? Are there ongoing problems in your life that may be causing prolonged anxiety or depression? It may help to seek professional counseling to work out family, career, or personal issues.
- Learn to do nothing – Carve out a few hours in your week to simply relax and hang out. If you can’t find a few more hours, it may be time to rethink your priorities and commitments.
- Have more fun – Maybe you’re so preoccupied with commitments and pressures that you don’t give yourself enough time for fun. Laughter is one of the best energy boosters around.