5 ways to help reduce chronic fatigue from personal experience
While I was working at my corporate job, I would wake up in the morning feeling like I could not get out of bed. I would tell myself that I was lazy and that the reason I didn't want to get out was because I didn't like my job. Part of it might have been true, but no amount of sleep and rest would make me feel refreshed in the morning so I was starting to wonder what was wrong. It took severe acne for me to realise that my body was crying out for help and that I had to look within. I went to see several doctors and to be honest, most of them were disappointing. It was only when I went to the Viva Mayr Clinic in London and got tested for the Ebstein-Barr Virus that I got more answers to why I was feeling so tired. It turned out that my body had a high number of EBV antibodies, meaning that I was constantly fighting off a virus that my body didn't have time to perform all it's regular functions such as digestion. I was also dealing with a lot of different food intolerances and a leaky gut which was not helping my situation. There are a few tips I do every single day to overcome fatigue and although I do get days where I feel completely exhausted, I do have days where I feel really good. I wanted to share these with any of you that might be going through the same thing.
What You'll Need
- Warm liquids: anything like warm water and lemon to kick off your morning, to herbal (non caffeineted) teas throughout the day. All you need is warm and your favorite teas or infusions. Mindfully drink it so that you don't drink the whole cup without realising you were even drinking it in the first place.
- Check for food intolerances: it's not about what can you eat, it's about what can your body digest. So many fad diets here and then and nutritional tips that it gets very overwhelming to find out what works best for you. As we are all individuals, we all have certain foods that might make us feel good and others that don't. It's important to figure out what those foods are because if you are eating things that your body can't digest, you're setting off the alarms in your immune system that will treat the food that has been eaten as a virus or bacteria. This will create even more fatigue and tiredness because your body is fighting off those foods 24/7.
What You'll Do
- Meditation in the morning before you start your day. My days are just not the same if I don't meditate first thing in the morning. I highly recommend taking at least 5 mins each morning to ground yourself and move beyond the fatigue. Although chronic fatigue syndrom is very much felt in the physical body, I find that activating my parasympathetic nervous system through meditation helps me move beyond the pain. It is through meditation that I am able to get to a place where I feel light and peaceful which then helps me feel more energetic, less lethargic. It works, trust me.
- Don't overwork out. This one was a difficult one for me especially because I used to wake up first thing in the morning and get on my mat to practice yoga. However I realised that if I push myself too much one day the next dayI'll feel extremely tired that I end up with light fever, swollen lymph nodes and joint pain. As much as I want to improve my yoga practice and stay fit, I realise that I have to take some days off where the most I do is just light stretches.
Tips & Warnings
- Although living with chronic fatigue syndrome is not easy at any age, there are helpful tips you can add to make your day brighter and more productive. If you take away anything from what I've shared here is to start or continue your meditation practice. It can truly change your world around and make you feel good on a physical, mental and spiritual level. If you have any questions on how to start a meditation practice please do not hesitate to reach out to me!
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