‘Tired all the time’ is a popular phrase given by patients to their family doctors. Tiredness or fatigue is a common problem. Often, it is not a medical issue but one that can be reversed by a change of lifestyle.
Tiredness can negatively impact performance at work, or have an adverse effect on family life and social relationships.
Fatigue has a reputation as a vague and difficult problem for doctors to investigate, a ‘heart sink’ problem, and many people with fatigue do not report it to their doctor.
There can be an underlying cause but in my own personal experience and that of my clients. It really falls into 5 broad categories:
1. Emotional weariness due to stress, lethargy, apathy, lack of motivation, lack of hope
2. Overworked, overdoing and overwhelm
3. Lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep
4. Nutritional imbalance either through malnutrition, an allergy, sensitivity or dehydration
5. Inactivity and being unfit
Try One of my Top 3 Energy Boosters
1. Eat More Raw Fruit and Vegetables and Less Sugar
The key here is keeping blood sugar balanced so energy is constant.
When you’re eating a sweet food, you get a spike in blood sugar, which gives you an initial burst of energy, but that’s followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, which in turn can leave you feeling very wiped out.
Do that enough times a day and by evening you’re feeling exhausted.
But, if you eat a lot of raw fruit and vegetables, which provide a slow and steady release of fuel, your energy will be consistent and balanced, so by day’s end you’ll feel less tired.
Indeed, a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating more whole foods helped increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, allowing for that slow and steady release. If like most mummies you find it hard to get your 7-9 portions of fruit and vegetables every day as recommended by the World Health Organisation, you should consider Juice Plus+ which offers the essence of 26 fruit, vegetables and berries in a capsule form and is FREE for kids. Find out more here.
2. Walk Around the Block
While it may seem as if moving about when you feel exhausted is the quickest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Experts say that increasing physical activity — particularly walking — increases energy.
I like walking because it’s accessible, easy to do, doesn’t need training or equipment and you can do it anywhere.
In experiments conducted by Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State University, a brisk 10-minute walk not only increased energy, but the effects lasted up to two hours. And when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels and mood were lifted.
3. Don’t Skip Breakfast — or Any Other Meal
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can set your body up with all the nutrients it needs plus if you eat the right things it can even do wonders to your metabolism to have you burning more calories by doing less… we like that!
Studies also show that mummies who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day.
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“The higher the energy level, the more efficient the body, the better you feel, the more your talent to produce outstanding results”- Anthony Robbins