7 Ways I Deal With Fatigue as a Leader

I posted recently on what happens when I’m tired. It isn’t pretty. (See that post HERE.)  I hear someone say every day “I’m so tired”.  It’s epidemic it seems. There appears to be a lot of fatigue in our world these days. I know it’s true of those in ministry. Someone asked me how to deal with the issue, besides the simple answer of rest.

Here are 7 ways I have for dealing with fatigue:

Check-up – Make sure you are routinely getting medical check ups from your physician. Many health issues have fatigue as a symptom. Make sure something isn’t physically causing your fatigue.

Exercise  and Weight Control – For me, this is number one. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight helps me stay energized and feel better.  I wrote an extensive post about that HERE.

Watch what you eat – Junk food slows you down. Healthy foods build you up. I’m not an expert here, and don’t practice this as I should, but there are plenty who are equipped to help know what to eat.  What you eat does make a difference in how you feel and most of us know what foods slow us down Learn to fill your body with foods, which help you feel more alive.

Rest – It had to be on the list. Rest is the ultimate solution to coping with fatigue. The body signals that it has reached a point where rest is needed. Sometimes a short nap or extended night’s sleep is the needed response.  Sometimes NOT watching the last television show before you go to bed is a better option.

Mind-breaks – If your job requires you to think deeply, taking short mind breaks is often helpful. One reason I break to Twitter is to give me a quick break from the heaviness of thought. I also change projects throughout the day to keep my mind from wearing me out physically.  Sometimes I step outside and breathe the fresh air or, depending on the type of the fatigue, even go for an afternoon run.

Preparation – Having a plan for your day and week helps to cut down on unnecessary time wasters. You’ll work smarter and feel less exhausted when you begin prepared. Take time to organize yourself for efficiency. (Read a similar post HERE.)

Prioritize – You can’t do everything. Remind yourself that you’ll do better quality work if you aren’t trying to do it all. Try to complete the most important things on your list first, before your energy is drained for the day. Say no to things someone else can do.

Leading today (actually life today) requires a lot of energy. I meet so many people who don’t have the energy they need to get through the day. I realize there are seasons in life where this is unavoidable, but we should strive to keep ourselves healthy enough to be productive and enjoy life.

What advice do you have? What slows you down? What helps your fatigue?

Which of these do you most need to implement?

For a similar thought, read my tips for managing stress HERE.

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  2. I feel fatigue after reaching home doing works in office. It's indeed a bad feeling but real ways provided here seems very inspiring to get rid of such boring sickness. Thanks mate for helpful suggestions.

  3. Ron

    Much agreement with…
    “I hear someone say every day “I’m so tired”. It’s epidemic it seems.”
    “I know it’s true of those in ministry.”

    In my experience, most of the fatigue that comes to those in ministry is spiritual. Man doing his own works. Creating their own difficult yokes and picking up heavy burdens that Jesus never asked them to. They wind up in bondage to the “Traditions of men,” that make Void the word of God. They have “Titles” that place heavy burdens on shoulders that Jesus never asked His Sheep to carry.

    Instead, God asks WE, His Ekklesia, go to Him to give us rest, to labour to enter into His Rest…
    By ceaseing from our own works. And taking His Yoke which is easy and His Burden which is light.

    Heb 4:9-11 KJV
    There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
    For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
    Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    Mat 23:28-30 KJV
    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I (Jesus) will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; (Follow His Example)
    for I am meek and lowly in heart: (Could His Rest come when you’re meek and lowly in heart.)
    and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    How many today, in ministry, are meek and lowly in heart? Clothed with humility? 1Pet 5:5 KJV.
    Humility – Dictionary – a modest or low view of one's own importance.

    Man becomes busy setting goals, thinking they are important, and labouring to meet those goals. To impress. To achieve. To be recognized. To be known as successful. To feel good about ones labors. To feel significant. To produce. All those things highly esteemed among men but abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15 KJV.

    And when Man does NOT live up to our own expectations, or the expectations of others…
    When the dream, the goals, become overwhelming, NOT working, people NOT following…
    Discouragement becomes a constant companion and Fatigue sets in…

    Whose yoke and burdens are you under? If it’s NOT easy? If it’s NOT light?

    Jesus said – “My yoke is easy. My burden is light.

    When you believe the lie you start to die…