A lot of people feel tired often these days and for some, it has become quite constant.
From day to day energy levels vary. It can be difficult for a person to recognise that they are actually “tired all the time”.
Take a deep breath.
How are you feeling right now?
Feel into your body.
How is it doing?
People get so busy with things to do, needs and desires to be fulfilled, that they are often not aware of how they feel in their body right now.
There is often a sense of pain in the body that comes from long-term fatigue.
The body doesn’t feel well. It exhausts easily. It doesn’t tolerate exercise well and needs rest often.
And yet in this society, we are compelled to do do do! We become doing machines and we base our value around what we can achieve.
We are afraid of missing out. We show that we are enough by doing enough.
Take a breath. So, how are you?
Feel into your body. How is it?
Is this how it feels most days?
Accept where you are right now, whatever else is happening in life.
When a person is feeling tired a lot, their capacity to do things is lower, but until a person comes home to their body, they may not even realise that.
Because we keep pushing ahead, we never allow ourselves to fully recover.
Over the years it becomes chronic and we get all out of whack.
Suddenly we find ourselves in a position where we are unable to fully recover. Despite rest, we are no longer able to regain our strength and vitality.
Something is amiss and we don’t know what.
We might be able to push ourselves out of the low state with exercise or caffeine, but without stimulants and stress, we just feel knackered.
And it’s getting worse as time goes on.
Be aware of the breath and let it deepen.
Feel the breath and feel into the body.
Come to know your body, what it’s capable of right now and what it’s asking you for.
Chronic stress impacts the body and over time overwhelms its ability to adapt.
Constant fatigue may be triggered by an illness, but it is also the long work hours, the late nights, relentless caffeine and unresolved emotions that all add up and chip away at our metabolic reserve.
In a real sense, the energy generators of the body, the mitochondria, the adrenals and the thyroid become older.
They age. Constant use has worn them out.
But they can regenerate. Their function can be restored but it takes a specific kind of care.
Hormones and neurotransmitters in an overstressed body become deregulated.
Feedback loops are broken and distorted. Without mutual support, various bodily systems can’t repair the way they need to.
There is no drug that can fix a problem like this. The body must heal itself and to do that it needs the right support and the right conditions.
Nutritional support is ideal to restore and build vitality and health.
The right nutrients in the right amount stimulate hormones and neurotransmitters which trigger biochemical pathways to rebuild and restore the worn and tired energy systems.
Even right now there are things a person can start doing to reduce the impact of stress and give your body some space to recover.
It’s just a matter of creating the right habits.
Start getting to bed at the same time every night, this entrains the circadian rhythm in a cycle of rest and activity.
Develop your intuition around food. Notice how you feel after eating something.
What’s agreeing? What’s not?
What you crave is probably your way of satisfying a deeper need and not what suits them best.
Be aware of that. Is there a better alternative?
Reduce caffeine, the body is not built for constant fight or flight.
Take time out each day to breath slowly and connect in with yourself.
Sure, you can just watch TV and zone out, but you’ll miss out on developing an awareness of yourself, where you are at and what your needs are.
You can let yourself connect with how you are instead of trying to avoid it. It’s far easier to make a healthful choice when you’re aware of what you need.
It’s also far easier to see your limitations and know where you need to set a boundary.
If it takes more than a day to fully recover from an activity, then it’s too much stress for on the body.
Say “no” and set limits on the time spent in situations or with people that leave the batteries drained.
Say “no” to things that give you quick fixes of energy but leave you more exhausted in the long run
Say “yes” to deeper sleep and better rest, even if it means setting your alarm so that you remember to start winding down for bed.
Recovery from ongoing fatigue is easy for some people.
It’s about learning how to pace themselves and understanding that recovery takes time.
For others, who have been fatigued for a long time it will require more than just slowing down.
It will require a deep look at how the body is struggling on a biochemical level, as well as personalised nutritional medicine to support it in its recovery.
For people who want and need that extra support and guidance, I’m here.
My work is to understand what’s happening at the individual level and guide my clients back to recovering their strength and vitality.
It’s always possible, once you understand how it works.
If you feel the need and would like to get in touch with me.
I’m always happy to talk about life can get better.