Fatigue

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Fatigue

Avoid fatigue by resting on the trail.

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We've all been there -- tired and worn out from a long day of physical activity. In a survival scenario, fatigue is a little more dangerous than being tired. You might also find yourself short on food and water and dealing with mental stress and anxiety. All of these factors will only worsen your fatigue. Aside from just feeling tired and weak, you could experience the following:

  • feeling like you might pass out or passing out
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness
  • vertigo
  • shortness of breath

Your best survival tool is the good health of your brain and your body. Fatigue can put a dent in both of these. If you're lost and hiking toward civilization, take more frequent breaks or suspend your hike for a full day or two in order to regain energy. Camp as close to a food and water source as possible to decrease the level of energy you need to get both. While you're taking your break, try to relax your mind as well. Keeping a positive outlook and avoiding panic and anxiety will restore your energy levels as well.

Sleep is very important in combating fatigue, so make sure your bedtime situation is as conducive to sleep as possible. Relax and give gentle massages to your overworked muscles. Stay horizontal as much as possible until you feel your energy levels increase. From that point, take more frequent breaks until you feel completely restored.

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