Do you feel worn out all the time? Then you may suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which causes you to feel so tired that you can’t complete normal, daily activities. It occurs when your body experiences more stress than it’s able to handle. Nowadays a lot of people have some level of adrenal fatigue. The main reasons are an unhealthy diet and/or lifestyle, lack of sleep, environmental toxins, chronic stress of daily life and work, and chronic degenerative disease.
Do you have trouble getting up in the morning and falling asleep at night? Then this can be one sign that you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Here are further indicators for chronic fatigue:
- You’re always tired
- Loss of memory
- poor concentration
- Sore throat
- You clench or grind your teeth
- You get dizzy when you stand up quickly
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise
- Your blood pressure is either above 120/80 or below 105/70
- You get a headache after exercising
- You crave salty foods
- Night sweats
- You need to wear sunglasses outside during the day
- You don’t stay asleep at night
If two or more of these describe you, you most likely have some degree of adrenal fatigue.
What to do about it:
- Avoid Stress
First of all, you have to identify all the stressors in your life, and then step-by-step or drastically reduce them. We all have particular circumstances in our lives that cause stress. If we can identify these triggers, we may be able to avoid them or reduce their impact. I suggest you think of triggers in three categories: people, substances and situations.
Sugar and processed foods are very stressful for the body. Especially sugar has an enormous impact on your mood and adrenals. The first thing you have to do is avoid all kind of processed food. This will bring your blood sugar levels back into balance, and take an enormous burden of those poor tired adrenals. Try to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and check your vitamin B levels. Your body could be missing important nutrients and might need more zinc, potassium and magnesium as well.
- Food intolerances and allergies
More and more research is pointing to a link between food allergies and sensitivities and chronic fatigue syndrome. Allergies to certain foods, pollen, metals and other environmental chemicals may be causing the rising number of individuals with CFS.
- Avoid Stimulants
Although coffee and other stimulants may give you a temporary boost of energy, they also create a cortisol surge, which will make it nearly impossible for your body to manage stress in the long run.
Therefore, try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, as these stimulants can cause additional restlessness at night.
- Stop being a workaholic
Nearly all sufferers are workaholics, overachievers and perfectionists. Believe me, I was the same. “Rest” means more than just sleep. I wasn’t able to relax and thought yoga was boring – until I tried meditation. If it is hard for you to sit still and be calm, try and find something different that relaxes your mind and body.
- Relaxation Techniques
Whether it is yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, massage therapy or muscle relaxation techniques, find something you enjoy and integrate it into your everyday life.
You might think, “How can I exercise when I’m so tired I can barely get through the day?” Studies show that light aerobic exercise, such as walking, helps people who have chronic fatigue syndrome feel more energetic and less tired. Gradual exercise starts out slowly and increases in very small steps. Maybe you have avoided it because you’re afraid it will make you feel worse, but believe me it will make you feel BETTER.
Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤