Fatigue, ‘burn-out’, and low energy are feelings of tiredness that persist even after sleep. These symptoms are often caused by a variety of factors including nutritional deficiencies, chronic (long-term) stress, poor sleep, and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Here are 7 simple treatments for adrenal fatigue so you can quickly and easily get back to enjoying life and getting the most out of it!
The foods we eat provide the energy and nutrients we need to function every day. Therefore, the quality of foods we consume determines how well our body functions and how vibrant and energetic we feel. Here are some simple steps you can employ to boost your energy and overcome fatigue fast:
Most people experience varying degrees of stress on a daily basis throughout their lives, usually resulting from personal, relationship, vocational (job), or financial issues. If stress is chronic it may result in symptoms of fatigue, ‘burn-out’, or ‘stress overload’.
Adaptogens are herbs, like Rhodiola Rosea, are safe, non-toxic, and have a range of health benefits, including the ability to reduce the impact stress has on the body. They are able to do this by nourishing and supporting the adrenal glands, enabling the body’s cells to access and utilise oxygen and energy more effectively, and by helping the body remove metabolic wastes more efficiently. All of this results in improved physiological functioning.
Sleep problems are common yet under-recognised and often untreated problems that have substantial long-term effects on physical, psychological, and occupational functioning. They can also have a significant impact on your energy levels and feelings of fatigue. Therefore, ensuring you have a good-quality sleep each night is essential. Here are some tips to improve your sleep habits:
Exercise increases your body’s metabolism of stress hormones, improves your mood, and promotes better sleep. Regular exercise also has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps the body fight against the damaging effects of free radicals. Each of these factors can reduce feelings of fatigue. However, ensure you don’t exercise too close to bedtime (within 3 hours), because it may have a stimulatory effect and affect the quality of your sleep.
Habits like smoking and excess alcohol consumption negatively affect your body’s functioning. It also requires organs such as your liver to expend energy breaking down and removing these toxins from your body. The components of cigarette smoke in addition to any alcohol consumed may affect your body’s ability to experience deep, restful sleep, resulting in fatigue and tiredness the following day.
In order to relax, enjoy life, and reduce stress levels, it is essential that we engage in enjoyable activities as often as possible. This may mean joining a sporting club, church, or community group; visiting friends or family members and simply having a chat or perhaps playing cards or board games; or exercising in a group, with a partner, or even on your own. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, just as long as it has a positive impact on your life, your health, and your mental state, and is something you can do regularly.
Any stress you experience whether it be physical, mental, or emotional results in the same physiological response, the secretion of ‘stress hormones’, cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, into the bloodstream. These hormones allow your body to function above its normal capabilities; the ‘fight or flight response’. Once the cause of the stress is removed or reduced, the body expends energy returning the system back to a normal level; adapting to the stress. However, if the stress is chronic (long-term), then a state of fatigue, ‘burn-out’, or ‘stress overload’ results.
There are several ways to reduce your stress levels or at least, reduce the impact that stress has on your body. Some of the most effective strategies include learning relaxation techniques, performing meditation, using breathing exercises, and taking adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola Rosea.