Updated: Mar 1, 2021
If you are suffering from fatigue and low energy then it's all too familiar to be dragging through your day feeling groggy and foggy. No matter what you try, nothing seems to help. Coffee and energy drinks make you feel jittery and even more on edge and the sugary foods that you crave cause you to crash and burn soon after you indulge. You are so tired in the afternoon that all you can think about is falling into bed for a nap but you also know when you do go to bed at night and try to fall asleep your busy, wired brain will kick in and leave you tossing and turning all night dreading the early beeping of your alarm. And then...wake up and repeat.
As you start realizing that maybe you have lost your mojo--that energy, excitement, creativity, zest for life, joie de vivre-- you once had, you think it's just a normal part of 'getting older' or 'adulting'. After all, you have so many more responsibilities, stress, and worries than you had when you were younger flying along by the seat of your pants with the world as your oyster and tons of endless energy.
But now the things that once made you wake up excited for the day feel draining and overwhelming. You lack motivation and dread the to-do list of your day's activities. This puts you in a bad mood and leaves you feeling less inspired, less creative and less productive. Your energy feels depleted and scattered. You feel more and more disconnected from your body and mind. You fear that your friends, family and co-workers will judge you as being lazy because you are too tired to do the social and fun things you used to enjoy doing. It's as if you are putting your life on hold while you're telling yourself you will feel better the next day...but, you don't. Why are you feeling this way and will it ever end?
Fatigue has become a common health issue. It is one of the most reported medical complaints that patients bring to their doctors. And, it is very important to do some investigation to get to the bottom of what is causing you to feel chronically exhausted.
First, you need to visit your primary care physician to rule out serious medical conditions that cause fatigue such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and sleep apnea. This is necessary because you must know what you are working with.
If you have had chronic fatigue for some time, you may also want to rule out infections or viruses like Lyme Disease or the Epstein-Barr virus.
There are usually quite a few factors working simultaneously to contribute to your condition. Eventually all causes must be addressed and eliminated in order for you to completely heal. Even if you only have minor fatigue issues, it is very important to look at all aspects of your lifestyle and health in order to regain your energy to live your best life.
Common causes of fatigue
Poor diet/ nutrient deficiencies
Blood sugar imbalances
Circadian Rhythm disruption
As you can see there can be many causes of fatigue that you need to explore in your life to see what factors are playing a role. Remember, it is usually a combination of a few of these that you will need to eliminate. As these causes are affecting you all the way down to a cellular level, you will need to use nutrition and lifestyle techniques to address this dysfunction.
When lack of energy and feeling exhausted becomes chronic in your life, it is time to do something about it. Uncovering the root cause or causes of your fatigue is the first step.
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About the Author
Kristi Ryan is the founder of Kristi Ryan Holistic Nutrition and the creator of the Abundant Energy Method for Busy Women. As a holistic nutrition and health coach specializing in energy wellness she supports, educates, motivates and empowers busy women with nutrition, mindset and lifestyle transformation using her proven methodology to bring abundant energy and vitality into their lives.
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Disclaimer: The information I share is for general information only and is not intended to replace medical advice. I do not diagnose, treat or cure disease, prescribe treatments or medications, or recommend medical treatment or surgery. You should speak to your physician prior to making any changes to your diet, lifestyle, exercise or medications or acting on anything you have read or discussed with me. If you don’t, you are doing so at your own risk.