Here is a great guest post by Kim Willington!
Most of us are trying to juggle too much and squeeze the most out of every minute of the day. We are working too long. We are not taking time for ourselves. And we are not getting the sleep we need.
It’s not wonder most of us are so tired all the time.
While fatigue could be a symptom of an underlying health problem, for most of us, it’s just a symptom of our unbalanced lives. You don’t need prescription drugs to help you get more pep in your step. Try these natural remedies to help you fight fatigue:
Fatigue can be caused by an imbalance in your body, which can often be created by having too much stress. Massage can provide relief and help you to counteract the effects of stress, helping you to restore balance in your body and improve your energy levels. Massage also promotes healthy circulation, which can improve energy levels.
How do you feel after you jump off the treadmill? You may be tired, but chances are you aren’t interested in taking a nap. While exercise may make you feel physically “tired” from working your muscles, it will improve your energy by revving up your heart rate and increasing levels of feel-good hormones.
Aim for about 30 minutes a day to get the benefits. Longer periods of exercise, or very intense periods of exercise, can contribute to your fatigue by overworking your body.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The wrong kinds of foods can contribute to fatigue. For example, sugars and simple carbohydrates can cause blood sugar levels to become out of balance, spiking and crashing energy levels. Excessive fats can overwork the liver, leading to fatigue.
Stick to a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats, and you will maintain steady energy levels throughout the day. Also be sure to drink plenty of pure water.
Often, fatigue can be caused by a deficiency of some vitamin or nutrient in your diet. You can correct these deficiencies by taking a good multi-vitamin to start and then looking into other possible supplements. Some key supplements that influence energy levels include Vitamin B12, magnesium, Vitamin C, and Coenzyme Q10.
The most obvious remedy for fatigue is to get more sleep. Your body needs a minimum of 8 hours each sleep each night, but most Americans do not get the recommended amount. Slowly make more time for sleep by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night or waking up 15 minutes later each day. Continue to adjust your time until you are getting the right amount of sleep.
Power naps can also help you to get the sleep you need. Be careful not to oversleep in the middle of the day as it could cause you to stay up too late at night and throw off your sleep cycle.
If you try these natural remedies for fatigue and you still don’t have more energy, you may need to see a doctor to find out if there are any underlying causes for your fatigue. Emotional problems like depression or chronic stress can also lead to chronic fatigue. Be sure to talk to a healthcare provider to better understand what might be causing your fatigue and find out how you can combat it.
What other natural remedies do you use to fight fatigue? Share your tips in the comments!
Kim Willington is a freelance writer and researcher for Helpdesksoftware.org, where she has recently been researching help desk software. In her spare time, she enjoys antiquing and taking long walks with her retriever, Spencer.
Thank you Kim…I would like to add that The Stick is an excellent tool for self-massage without breaking the bank account.