Ever feel tired and worn out? Now’s a strange time, and many individuals are struggling with these sensations. As it turns out, there may be a way to not only fight fatigue but also control it. At Qualicare Waterloo, we believe in empowering patients and their families with exceptional care, and it’s important to recognize the dangers of getting exhausted. When it happens, not if, the findings of a recent John Hopkins Medicine study may help you get past it.
The Science of Fatigue
The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on August 12. The abstract of the publication indicates that “physical fatigue crucially influences our decisions to partake in effortful action.” – in other words, we can only perform at our peak if we feel sufficiently energized. The research conducted for this study used magnetic resonance imaging to record, identify and analyze brain activity. These findings were focused on testing periods where participants would need to make unexpected decisions before and after sessions of mental and physical exertion. This was important as a regular state of mind, calm and not tired, can more readily adapt to changing conditions, which would have made the testing results inconclusive.
So, What Was Uncovered?
In the end, researchers conducting the study recognized a pattern: continued bouts of physical exertion contribute to fatigue. This only makes sense as, for the body to continually react, the mind needs to keep pace. As mental and physical performance diminishes, the effectiveness of completing these tasks lessens. The study also highlighted the fact that each of us has a different level of exertion tolerance.
What Does This Mean for Us?
For caregivers, nurses and other healthcare staff dealing with ever-increasing demand, burnout is a very real problem. We’re not immune to it as we’re human as well. It’s why we at Qualicare Waterloo work hard to put employee safety and satisfaction first – that way, they enjoy a rewarding career while also performing at their peak when patients count on us. As for the latter, these findings demonstrate why those with mobility impairments and other similar physical limitations must undergo a slow-and-steady recovery process, if possible.
Now more than ever, we need to respect the human element behind caregiving and everyday life. Put your health and wellness first, pace yourself, take those necessary breaks and don’t neglect your fight against fatigue!
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