Modernization, industrialization and the use of novel technology may have helped us progress and opened up many avenues but there is a price to pay for all our comfort: Stress, fatigue and burnout.
Fatigue is not an easy term to define but we all know what it means. It is a part and parcel of our busy, stressful lifestyles in which we try our best to pack all we can into each tiny 24-hour capsule.
We’ve all experienced fatigue at some point in our lives, more likely than not, in the past week. The extreme tiredness and exhaustion that engulfs you, the full body ache that becomes a part of you, the lethargy that doesn’t let you function, the indifference to things around you, the desire to sleep for the next couple of days; all these factors come together to form fatigue.
The causes of fatigue are varied. It could be caused by unexpected loss of sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, excessive alcohol consumption, hectic work schedules, or even a jam packed vacation. While it is natural to feel tired at the end of a long work week, did you know that fatigue can be a symptom of a more serious, underlying illness? It can be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, arthritis, hypothyroidism, a sleep disorder, or even heart disease. Disease related fatigue is also seen in conditions such as AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Emotional fatigue can wipe you out if you’re doing too much or too little, if you expose yourself to stressful situations or if you are clinically depressed/ anxious. Physically, fatigue attacks bodies that are suffering from malnutrition and dehydration and/or not getting enough sleep or exercise.
You can battle the exhaustion effectively by a process called rejuvenation. The rejuvenation process works in two parts: The first is ridding your body of toxins and strengthening and energizing your body.
Start the process by detoxifying your system. Here are a few tips to restore your prior vigor:
• You can establish regular sleeping and eating routines that you follow every day
• You can also (and this is the fun part) get a warm oil massage followed by a warm water bath/ shower. Follow this up with a drink of warm water to cleanse your system
• Taking on too many responsibilities can wipe you out but at the same time boredom can also make you tired. The key is to find the right balance.
• Try your best to not skip meals, since along with the meal, you are also skipping vital nutrients. Do not succumb to diet fads
• Water is as crucial as any other nutrients in your body. Avoid beverages containing caffeine.
• Different people have different sleep needs, but if you wake up tired in the morning, you may want to go to bed a few hours earlier. If you do not have a regular sleeping-eating routine, now is as good a time as any to establish one.
• Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it. Yoga and walking are the perfect components of a restorative exercise regime.
• Think about what causes stress and design ways to moderate these factors. A little rest or meditation can help in this mammoth task
Fighting fatigue can result in improved immunity, increase the population of antioxidants, and improve the lifespan of body tissues, blood cells, bones, and essential organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys.
Your next step is to start putting these tips to good use. Battle the exhaustion and let your body remember what it means to be fresh and energetic!