Feeling Forever Fatigued

FEELING FOREVER FATIGUED-1

As Published on Watchfit as a Featured Expert

The reasons why you are always tired could simply be lack of sleep! However, lack of sleep may be the symptom but there are many underlying causes to lack of sleep and general fatigue.

When the body is under stress of any kind, psychological, emotional, physical this can impact the overall function and health of the body and as the body likes to be in balance (homeostasis), it will always try and achieve this balance but may need extra resources, if it does not get these resources in the form of rest, good quality food and supplements we end up fatigued as the body cannot cope.

I believe that we should have sustainable energy throughout the day, ready at the start of the day and feeling energised throughout the day, if you are unable to get out of bed, the snooze button is your favourite button and you rely on coffee to get you through the afternoon slump then please continue reading, this is for you………

The reasons you could be suffering from fatigue are as follows:

  • Toxicity in the body leads to low energy and exhaustion among other symptoms
  • Caffeine leads to insomnia and anxiety
  • Food intolerances lead to nutritional deficiencies that lead to fatigue
  • Sleep debt – getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night
  • Stress = raised cortisol levels which leads to fatigue
  • Lifestyle
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
  • Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
  • Negative thinking and emotional trauma
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet and lack of exercise

On the other hand diet and lifestyle are the basis of all of these, if your diet is poor, you are constantly under stress of one form or another, not getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night, the body will be wearing down and not getting the chance for repair which leads to fatigue. When the body simply cannot keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress we end up with adrenal fatigue, this is where the adrenal glands become overloaded and ineffective. If you don’t address the underlying cause and this goes on for a period of time you may end up with chronic fatigue and then you will have a much longer road to recovery.

The 3 Steps to Solving Fatigue

Without stating the obvious, the treatment involves reducing stress on your body and mind, eliminating toxins and nourishing the body.

Diet and lifestyle are a huge factor and there are a number of foods that you should include, equally there are foods that need to be avoided and you should always do what you can to avoid toxins and chemicals in your environment.

As discussed earlier, one of the foods to avoid is Caffeine, apart from interfering with sleep, it can add to your toxic overload. Sugar & sweeteners, try to avoid sugar as much as possible and be aware that it can be added to all sort of foods even ones you least expect such as savoury tinned or bottled sauces. Processed foods, they have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle.

We are looking to have as nutrient dense as possible:

  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.)
  • Organic Chicken and beef
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia, and flax
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt; with
  • good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.

Contact me for my healing diet cheat sheet for more food suggestions.

Supplements: Another big key is taking the right supplements. I always recommend eating the right foods to heal your body. However, due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices), many of our fruits and vegetables do not have the same amount of nutrition that they did even 50 years ago. So, certain nutrients are beneficial. I always recommend taking food based natural and organic supplements which could greatly improve your symptoms of fatigue. I always recommend a bespoke Supplement plan designed for you individually, please discuss your supplement needs with an expert and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with this. As a valued reader I am happy to give you a FREE supplement consultation.

Stress Reduction: Last but not least you need to Pay attention to your body!

  1. Sleep 8-10 hours a night
  2. Keep to a regular sleep cycle – ideally, in bed before 10pm
  3. Laugh and do something fun every single day
  4. Eat nutrient dense REAL foods, reduce sugar and caffeine
  5. Exercise (do something you enjoy, even walking can help)
  6. Avoid negative people and self talk
  7. Take time for yourself – to do something relaxing (yoga, meditation, bath)

Diet, supplements and your environment are essential when dealing with fatigue and your environment is possibly the most important. So, be kind to yourself! Try to be around people who will support you and are mostly positive, stay positive and avoid saying negative things about yourself and others.

To find out more about stress relief and how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, connect with me by clicking here and we can start straightaway.

EMAIL ALERT! SWITCH OFF THE CONSTANT PRESSURE

EMAIL ALERT!as published on Watchfit

Email Alert! Do you get react instantly every time you see an email in your inbox or receive an email on your phone, stop what you are doing and reply? Would you like to know how to stop being a slave to technology and what I call other people’s stuff…….. Every time you stop what you are doing or are distracted by an email you are being controlled by something or someone else. I stopped the constant pressure and demands over 2 years ago and now my email works for me, I am not a slave to it.

Firstly our email is not the problem, we are, constantly check our emails effects our productivity, ever had one of those days where you are busy being busy and at the end of the day you have achieved nothing? Secondly, constantly checking our emails not only affects our productivity but can affect our stress levels as we feel pressured to constantly deal with our inbox. However, equally important is how you set up your email and your alerts.

Research shows that you really don’t get much done when you’re constantly checking your emails all the time, this is because you are distracted and jumping from one thought to another as you read through the emails and it may make this more difficult for you to focus on the task at hand. Furthermore, an email that is sitting in your inbox unread may drain additional resources as you keep thinking about it, you keep wondering who it is from, what does the email contain?, is it good or bad news?.

While this may be the case some of us are required to respond to emails instantly as part of the job, so what practical measures can we take to avoid being a slave to email alerts!

This is what I did and my hope is that you can use some of these strategies in your life to switch off the constant pressure:

  1. Take your email off your phone: take a break you do not need to be online and contactable 24/7. It also stops you peeking at your email during lunch or business meetings and being distracted. When you are with someone else you need to be fully present and you are unable to do this if half your brain is constantly checking your emails every 5 seconds.
  2. Block out time in your day to respond to emails: depending on your ratio of emails to work you can block out time once a day or 4 times a day. For example first thing in the morning, mid morning, after lunch and before you leave the office.
  3. Categorise your emails: during your “email time” file your emails in two different folders: Never – delete right away, Later – follow up and Now – deal with the emails you need to deal with immediately.
  4. Set up an auto response: this lets people know you have received their email and will deal with it. I like to give a time frame so that you can manage their expectations and they know how soon they will get a reply.

In conclusion, stand up to your email – be the boss of your inbox and get more done. Use the Now, Later, Never principles to control the emails in your inbox and develop your own system that fits in with your specific job and email requirements, the idea is to make this easier, less time consuming and less stressful and as with everything these is no “one size fits all approach”.

Will you give these strategies a try? Although it may not seem easy at first it gets easier over time and you will wish you had done it years ago. Let’s use technology as it was intended to make our lives easier not more complicated – don’t be a slave to your email, learn to switch off the constant pressure.

TURNING NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES MAY SEEM EASY, HOW CAN THIS BE DONE?

Dance in the rain

How you view what happens to you in life, whether you see it is positive or negative experience is all in how you personally interpret it – it is an interpretation in your mind based on past experiences and your internal programming from your external environment.

Your brain works like a biological super computer, it assesses information and responds to it, how we respond depends on the information we receive and how we interpret it. Once our brain accepts information it becomes a belief, in other words the body, mind or soul accepts it as real and it becomes a programme, it does not necessarily mean that it is real.

These programmes can other be to our benefit or to out detriment – in society we tend to label things as positive or negative, good or bad but in actual fact it is our response that is positive or negative not the event or the emotions. If we decide things are negative it can have an adverse affect on our heart, mind, body and soul but do you know what the best thing about this is ……. It is optional! You can change your thoughts, beliefs and experiences and observe what happens and let it go without labelling them positive or negative. Trust that you can change your situation.

Think about what you expect to happen – What do people tell you? What did your parents tell you? As mentioned we are good at labelling things but what if you changed the way you look at things and decide that everything that happens to you is good in the sense of it being a lesson. Of course it is okay to have preferences for certain things to happen but the lesson is to observe, release and be happy regardless. Happiness then becomes a state of mind, and is not based on anything outside of you but is internal.

Often, things will not go according to our plans because we have made a mistake, but the point is not to judge, it is fair to say that some mistakes have greater implications than others but everything is a lesson and part of the learning is to never let it happen again.

Turning a negative into a positive is just recognizing that everything always works out for your highest and best. As annoying as it may be we have all either used the expression or had it quoted to us “everything happens for a reason” or that it was a “blessing in disguise”. Most often, those things that we thought were the worst things in fact turned out to be the best, it is just because of our programming that we label them as positive or negative, good or bad when in fact they are just experiences guiding us on our path.

A classic example is a breakup, this can be a very gut-wrenching experience but a break up with the wrong person is needed to open the path for the right person to enter your life.

 Look for the Lesson

If you are REALLY stuck ask yourself this question “how does this get any better?” Sit quietly and ask yourself this question, ask yourself what lesson you are supposed to learn, once you understand the lesson, acknowledge and release it. This allows something different to enter your reality, it allows you to observe, and release any feelings associated with the experience and to move on.

Work through It
Sometimes we need to grieve, cry, scream, shout and curse. Often we just need to feel it, truly feel the feelings. If you bottle up your feeling they will show up sooner or later and will impact your life in some other way affecting your health and happiness. You will find that by not resisting your emotions, you allow yourself to fully enter the healing process.

In our modern society I think negativity is becoming an addiction, most of what we see and hear is negative, we begin thinking negative thoughts and find it hard to stop and before you know it you are stuck in a negative reality. Have you ever had a conversation with a negative person? It can be difficult to change the conversation, but ask them these two questions “how can you change it?” and “how does this get any better?”, this turns the conversation into a place where they see the possibility of taking action to change their experience rather than allowing society, government, neighbors, friends to dictate what happens.

I admit when I was extremely ill I did not see my illness as a blessing and at the time I did not see the lesson but I found a mentor and I worked through it and it set me on my path to help others achieve optimal health and happiness and live their best lived. I would not be on my journey to help myself and others had it not been for my illness.

So when something you perceive as negative happens to you always observe how you feel and find the lesson that you can take from the experience, I promise this will be life changing. Trust me when you take responsibility for your actions and your experiences, things ALWAYS turn out for the best.