The Fatigue Epidemic
Updated: Sep 3, 2019
In today's overstimulating and busy modern society, it's rare to find someone who doesn't feel run down. Work, school, family, traffic, chores, bills you name it, are constantly reminding us to stay hyper-vigilant in our day to day responsibilities. Unfortunately, the physical time plus the mental endurance that each day requires is at the cost of our own well-being. However, most people don't understand there ARE ways to combat that fatigue and work around those energy sucking obstacles of our daily lives.
Fatigue is experienced uniquely by everyone, some people are exhausted the moment they open their eyes and others only in the afternoon, while some may find they're so exhausted they can't sleep at night. Tuning in and listening to the body is the first step to understanding how we can start feeling better, and more than likely needs to be shared with a health professional to help you identify what those factors are and how you can individualize a health plan of your own. In the mean time, try some of these simple day-to-day tasks to help ease your fatigue and boost your energy naturally!
1. Optimize your diet - it's well known that food plays a roll beyond our digestive system but in our mental emotional body as well. Many of our mood stabilizing hormones reside in our intestinal linings and digestive tract. The affects can be felt immediately after any snack or meal. Removing processed and fast foods, sugars, dairy products, and adding in whole foods such as fruits, veggies, and high protein and high fat snacks and meals like tree nuts, fish, dark leafy greens and apples can immediately help boost your energyand rid of the sluggish feeling that we carry around our ankles like a ball and chain.
2. Vitamin D - is the only vitamin in our body that acts as a hormone! It's ability to uplift our spirits, clear our skin, and support the absorption of other nutrients is no coincidence. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D can be felt immediately! 30 minutes of safe sun exposure, highly nutrient dense foods and supplementing with a liquid form at a minimum of 1,000 IU per day can be so helpful in taming our energy levels and mood adaptation.
3. Self care- we know this phrase is buzzing and tossed around casually in the healthcare
field and there's a reason: it simply works. Empowering yourself to control your health and mental and physical balance is a process created through mindfulness and awareness. Self care is different for everyone, and can involve anything from reading a book that you enjoy for an hour every day, getting regular massages, breaking up with toxic relationships, exercising appropriately, meditation, yoga, anything that allows you to separate yourself from your to-do list and enjoy the little things that make your blood pump and your brain's internal dialogue quiet down. If an hour is too much, we recommend a bare minimum of at least 15 minutes of self time per day.
Cover Photo by Kinga Cichewicz