Dealing With Fatigue - What Are The Best Ways, And What Have Others Found That Works?
What are the best ways for dealing with fatigue? There is no one perfect answer that fits every situation. But if we carefully consider the
most common causes of fatigue,
this can shed some light on the best ways for dealing with it.
On the previous page, we learned that many of the causes are physical.
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Let's note some things that can help to find ways of dealing with fatigue that is physical in nature:
Tips for Dealing With Fatigue that is Physical in Nature:
Lack of sleep: This can also be one of the causes of extreme fatigue. Make sure to get your proper rest. Schedule 6-8 hours of sleep a night, and stick to your schedule.
Establish a bedtime routine to relax you before hand. Try to establish a fixed schedule that is the same time to go to bed and get up every day. If this doesn't find you falling asleep, try an herbal tea before bedtime and make sure your room is cool and dark.
Block out any electronic sources of light, such as your alarm clock or VCR. For some, having a fan running blocks out any noise that may be outside to disturb you.
Additionally, if insomnia is a problem, or jet-lag, consider a melatonin enhancer to raise the melatonin level in your brain. Melatonin is produced in your pineal gland, and this sets your sleeping rhythms.
A food that is very high in melatonin that many have found helps with their sleep is
Tart Montmorency Cherries.
Take 1 ounce of concentrate mixed in water every night before bed to restore your natural circadian rhythms.
See Andrea's story below and her struggle with insomnia, and how she found the best ways of dealing with fatigue.
Vitamin or Mineral deficiencies and Malnutrition: Make sure that you give attention to proper
vitamins, minerals and nutrients
in your diet. Learn more about this at
Try to eat wholesome, unprocessed, or minimally processed foods.
Take the time to eat well! If you are always in a hurry, don't grab fast food.
Try a high quality
nutritious meal replacement
once a day that supplies your body with all the necessary fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals to effectively replace a meal. Make sure you are taking a good
along with a high quality fresh
Omega - 3 Supplement
as well, for great brain health in fighting mental fatigue.
Make sure you are drinking enough water too. Ideally it should be oxygen rich, negatively charged alkaline water that you can make at home with your own alkaline water machine. You need half your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 160, you need 80 oz. of alkaline ionized water a day to keep up with your needs and avoid fatigue. For more information on obtaining your own alkaline water machine, please contact us.
In addition to this, try an all natural
that supplies you with extra Iron, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, and Potassium, along with natural Guarana.
Trauma: Anyone that has been through a traumatic event, whether it be physical or emotional in nature, should take care to get extra rest. Fatigue at this time may be your body's way of telling you what it needs - some extra rest. If this persists for an unusual amount of time, seek out medical advice. See Brenda's experience below.
Overwork: This seems to be the curse of the 21st Century. There seems to be so much to do, and not enough time to get it all done!
Make a list of the things that are important to you in your life, and decide how much time you need to spend on each one. Many of us spend our whole lives working all the time, only to regret in later years that we didn't take more time for our loved ones, or for other activities that bring real meaning into our lives, such as serving a cause greater than ourselves.
For successfully dealing with fatigue, including dealing with the causes of extreme fatigue, set a schedule for work, and stick to it! Don't let it crowd out what is important to you. Make sure to set aside time to unwind and relax at the end of the workday, and spend time with those that mean the most to you.
Form meaningful bonds with others, and consider doing some volunteer work. We began our health consulting business so that we could continue doing what was most important to us in our lives, and that is our volunteer ministry. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to help others in a meaningful way, whether it be physically, financially, or spiritually. Find your passion and follow it. If you pursue your passion, it will naturally energize you!
If it is hard for you to unwind, consider trying a
natural stress reliever
made from milk to calm your brain and let you relax throughout the day, or at the end of a long day before bedtime.
Caffeine overdose: Many today are overdosing on energy drinks that are full of caffeine and sugar. This may have a short term effect, but usually ends with a crash after a a few hours. This turns into a vicious cycle of fatigue, caffeine, more fatigue, and more caffeine.
This can also stress out your adrenal glands and lead to adrenal gland fatigue, night sweats, or even heart palpitations. Learn adrenal fatigue symptoms, and do some research on an adrenal gland diet. Try switching to an all natural energy tonic that contains guarana and herbs for a safe and natural 6-8 energy boost that doesn't drop you when it's done, and is easier on your adrenals and blood sugar levels. This has helped many in dealing with fatigue.
Food Allergies: Try to determine what you are sensitive to by eliminating suspect foods from your diet for several weeks, and then re-introducing them one by one to see how you react. An excellent source of information on this can be found in "The Ultra Mind Solution" by Dr. Mark Hyman.
Alcohol abuse: If you do use alcohol, use it in moderation. If you take it before bedtime, it may initially help you fall asleep, but will interrupt your deeper sleep later on in the night. Of course, the risks of this go far beyond the scope of fatigue.
Lack of exercise: Get busy! You know what to do. Initially, it takes some energy to get started with an exercise routine, but you may want to try an all natural energy tonic to get you jump started, and get moving!
30 minutes a day is sufficient for most to increase their energy levels, even if it is just brisk walking. The key is to be consistent and do it every day to be successful in dealing with fatigue.
Obesity: Carrying around that extra weight could be making you very tired, in addition to all of the other health concerns this brings.
Lose the weight, and combine good nutrition with regular exercise - and make it a lifelong habit to get the weight off and keep it off.
In addition, some have found that using certain supplements can help as well. Try using chromium picolinate to help stabilize your blood sugar, and lose fat instead of muscle, and green tea and guarana as a natural stimulant to help you to
speed up your metabolism.
Reduce stress by using a natural stress reliever made from milk. This will reduce your cortisol levels, which can lead to obesity. Excess cortisol makes you store fat, and so reduce your levels to help you to lose weight.
Toxic Overload: There are many
today in your home, toxins in food, toxins in products, and everyday toxins that end up as toxins in the human body. Do what you can to reduce your exposure to them, and then learn
how to raise glutathione,
your body's natural detoxifier. Click
to learn more about the detoxification process.
Low Glutathione Levels: Very often, low energy means that your mitochondria are damaged in some way at the cellular level. Mitochondria are your cell's power source, so you want to keep them healthy for great energy!
Glutathione actually repairs and regenerates your mitochondria at the cellular level. Also, you can raise your intracellular glutathione to boost detoxification in the liver, kidneys, and all throughout your body. See my story in dealing with fatigue below.
Disease: Any number of diseases may be contributing to your fatigue. Learn how to effectively manage existing conditions, and do what you can to prevent illness before it develops. Learn more about disease
Medications: Many medications have side effects that can make you fatigued. Consult with your pharmacist of physician to see if there is a similar medication you can take that doesn't have this side effect.
Additionally, the body has to deal with the added toxins, and so detoxify where you can by raising your glutathione levels.
Let's also note some things that can help to find ways of dealing with fatigue that is emotional in nature:
Tips For Dealing With Fatigue That Is Emotional In Nature:
Boredom: Find something that you enjoy doing. Schedule some time to do it - and do it! Try to stimulate your thinking faculties - what intrigues you, what do you want to learn more about? Try learning something new.
Just researching and writing this website is doing much to stimulate my thinking - and I am definitely not bored!
Fear: There is a lot fear to go around today. Whether it be financial, physical, or some other kind of fear, our climate is filled with it. Try to determine what it is that you are afraid of, and do not feed this fear by watching or dwelling on subjects that make you more afraid.
Break this chain of thought by forcing your mind to think on more positive subjects. If watching the news or listening to talk radio every day makes you fearful, take a break from it. This approach is also recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, and it is a good one. You can know what's going on without taking it in 24/7 every day.
True, there are fearful things happening in the world today, but there are also positive things happening around us if you look carefully. Find out what those things are in your life, and take comfort in those good things, such as friendships, families, your relationship with your Creator, and your hope for the future.
If you find that this climate of fear is leading to anxiety for you, please also read "Stress and Anxiety" to help you in dealing with fatigue below.
Superhero Syndrome (Overachieving) : Many of us put unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others. Guess what? We aren't Superman or Superwoman! Try to be reasonable in what you expect of yourself, and stick to it. One way to tell if we are trying to do too much is if we feel overwhelmed, fatigued, or are losing our joy. It may be time to cut back and just say no. Which leads us to-
Overcommitting: Oftentimes we over commit to others to please them. We want to be nice, and we want others to like us, and we think that if we always say yes when we are asked to do something, it will have a good effect.
What it will do is wear you out and make you feel fatigued and very often frustrated. Then you won't be any good for anybody! Decide what you can reasonably commit to others to do, and stick to your decisions. Your body and mind will thank you for it!
Lastly, let's learn about dealing with fatigue due to some factors that cause both physical and emotional fatigue.
Tips for Dealing With Fatigue That Cause You To Be Physically and Emotionally Fatigued:
This is a big one that causes a lot of us to experience fatigue. It may even be one of the causes of extreme fatigue. Try to figure out what is causing you stress and anxiety in your life, and do what you can to remove it or reduce it to begin successfully dealing with fatigue. See Brenda's experience below.
Give adequate attention to proper rest, nutrition, and exercise. Also consider taking a natural stress reliever to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. There is a natural anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) that is made from milk, and binds to the same receptors in the brain that Valium and Xanax bind to, but without the harmful side effects and co-dependency issues associated with these powerful drugs. It is a powerful nutraceutical, or medicinal food. Learn more about nutraceuticals and Alternative Health Care
Depression/Lack of Joy: This is a complicated subject that goes beyond the scope of dealing with fatigue due to depression. Always consult a medical professional if you think you may be dealing with more than a case of the blues.
Additionally, consider raising your glutathione levels, as this will cross the blood-brain barrier and may help to even our your moods. See Charlotte's story below.
Grief: Suffering loss is very stressful, and so give your body extra time and attention to deal with your loss. Many find comfort in their favorite scriptures, through meditation on encouraging verses, and through prayer.
Confide in a trusted friend, and let them know how you feel. Knowing you aren't alone can do much to help you to deal with your grief. Be patient with yourself, don't expect yourself to grieve in any one particular way, just listen to your body and deal with it as it comes.
When I lost my father, I was dealing with fatigue afterwards along with feelings of sadness, and these things helped me tremendously. I found comfort in scriptures that reassured me he was at rest and no longer suffering. I also was reassured that I would see him again one day, and this brought real comfort to me. And as the saying goes, time really does heal all wounds, and with the passage of time, things will get better.
Personal Experiences in Dealing With Fatigue:
I would like to share with you my personal experience in dealing with fatigue:
"When I was in my twenties, I was working full time, and thoroughly exhausted every day. I would wake up tired, go through my day tired, and come home from work tired. I would be able to lie down on the floor and fall asleep at any time. And there were plenty of sick days. Days when I would just wake up and it hurt to move. At times I could sleep all day and all night for 3 or 4 days at a stretch.
I felt like a zombie. It was all I could do to lay down on the couch after work in order to get enough energy to get in the shower just so I could go back to bed and do it all over again. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
For me, what were the causes of my fatigue? Visits to the doctor told me I was low on iron and potassium, and raising these levels helped some, but it wasn't until I started raising my
levels that I started to get real and sustained energy every day. Gradually my energy was restored on a cellular level, and those days have never returned. They are gone forever!
When I occasionally over-do it, or stay up too late, I take an all natural energy drink in the morning, and it perks me right up for the rest of the day. I have now been full of energy and vitality every day for three full years with no end in sight. Believe me when I tell you, you could not pay me to go back to feeling like that ever again!"
Learn more about our story and Andrea's below, on the
Or maybe you are like my friend Andrea. Here's how she is dealing with fatigue:
"Years of unexplained chronic exhaustion were my problem. One contributing factor was an inability to sleep. During the day I would drag around work like a slug, looking for a corner to sleep in. I'd think how great it will be to get back home and go to bed.
But when I did get home and tried to go to bed, instead of falling off to sleep, I would just lay there for a solid hour or more with eyes wide open unable to doze off, that is until around 3:00 a.m. when by body would finally say "Okay, you can go to sleep now."
At other times I would manage to get to sleep, but would be awakened gasping for air because I had briefly stopped breathing. Lots of things were tried to correct the problem, both pharmaceutical and natural, but in the end, what made the biggest difference was glutathione enhancement.
Today I no longer have these sleeping issues and sleep like a baby. I am dealing with fatigue successfully! I even have energy to care for the important things that matter in my life. A pleasant side note to raising my glutathione levels was that the undertone of my skin changed from a sickly gray to a vibrant one!"
Charlotte shares her experience in dealing with fatigue and Bipolar Disorder, a type of depression:
My name is Charlotte. I have been sick with Manic Depressive Bipolar disorder since my mid twenties. My family and all my friends usually saw me sick or, I would be missing in action all together.
Then a good friend of mine who hated always seeing me sick asked me to try Immunocal, a glutathione enhancer for two months. After just a couple days I felt my energy balance out. I had energy all day and didn't crash at the beginning of evening anymore. Yet my energy felt natural balanced and controlled - not jittery. I am back in action!
And at the same time I am able to sleep better. Now I take 1/4 of what I had to take to sleep. My medication seems to work better , but and I have clarity of mind and no side effects. Best of all my mood swings have gone from large mountains to speed bumps.
I feel as though I were given a chance to be in my 20's all over again! All after only raising my glutathione levels for 8 weeks! I will never stop!"
Brenda would like to share her experience in dealing with fatigue, and trauma that led to anxiety:
"From a very young age I suffered from anxiety. During my teenage years, my parents put me on a vitamin regimen to promote well being. That helped in a small fraction, but the anxiety was still there. Then when I got older, I went through a traumatic event that left me full of anxiety, and stressed out all the time.
I had so much anxiety, I was afraid to go into a crowded store. I was pretty worn out from it all. Then my friend told me about a natural anxiety reliever made from milk as well as a glutathione enhancer.
She explained to me that the anxiety reliever was for my nerves, and the glutathione enhancer would give me energy and generally make me feel better overall.
I tried them both. The anxiety reliever helped me the first time I took it. I felt calm for the first time in a long time. After taking the glutathione enhancer, I started to gradually feel healthier. Both products have helped me to feel better, less stressed, and have less anxiety. And I am successfully dealing with fatigue, now that my glutathione levels are up."
Jayne tried to do without her glutathione enhancer for a while. Note what she had to say:
I hate to admit it, but I really do feel 100% better with Immunocal, and would like to have you sign me back up. I haven't been taking it for about 1 1/2 weeks and I am dealing with fatigue again, just dragging, not sleeping as well, and feel like my body is missing some key ingredient that it needs. I have three packets left and just started taking them again this morning.
In reading over some of the info you sent in your May 8th email, I do realize that there probably isn't anything else I can take to replace the effects of Immunocal. My main concern of course, is the expense, but you can't place a price on good health. After God, good health is the key to everything else in life.
Thank you for your patience with me. I am just not one to run after the latest food-fad or anything "manufactured," to have to feel good. It goes against my "natural approach" thinking.
Thank you again,
In conclusion, the many causes of fatigue are varied, and so the approaches for dealing with fatigue are designed to address each underlying issue.
Many have found that dealing with fatigue in the short term can involve several factors, and for many, getting proper rest with the assistance of a melatonin supplement, or reducing stress with a natural anxiety reliever made from milk is helpful when combined with other strategies. Others have found that using an all natural energy tonic gives them just the boost they need.
For a longer term solution to dealing with fatigue, many have raised their glutathione levels, and in the process, they have regained their energy on a cellular level.
This method of dealing with fatigue addresses the issue at it's root cause, by keeping the mitochondria strong in each and every cell of your body, and when your cells are happy, you are happy - and energized to deal with your life!
How Did This Woman Beat Her Fatigue? Click On The Image To Find Out!
Dr. Jimmy Gutman is the world's most published author on the subject of glutathione. His current bestseller is entitled "Glutathione - Your Key To Health."