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Fatigue does NOT equal over-tired!


Firstly I’d like to begin by discussing what fatigue is and what it isn’t. It isn’t a lack of sleep (although that can be a contributing factor) and it isn’t how you feel after and busy or hard week at work. Most people think fatigue just means extremely tired and while some of the sensations may be similar the reality is quite different.


The fatigue I experienced meant I was exhausted ALL THE TIME even after a good night’s sleep. Upon waking I felt like I hadn’t slept at all. I’m a morning person and I usually jump out of bed full of energy so that was a big sign for me that something wasn’t right. Not only was I exhausted, I had no energy whatsoever sometimes to the point where keeping my head upright seemed like a huge effort. My body felt like I had been doing manual labour all day. In fact one physical therapist told me the muscle and joint pain I was experiencing was usually only seen in marathon runners! I could barely enjoy a short stroll, no mind run a marathon! Also my cognitive function decreased drastically. Most of the time the brain fog I experienced was like an ongoing hangover, my memory failed my regularly, I forgot basic words and I often had to make a conscious effort to string an intelligent sentence together. The latter was mostly put down to “getting old”!


Causes of Fatigue


PHYSICAL


- Dehydration
- Hormonal imbalances (men and women)
- Sluggish liver
- Sluggish colon
- Inflammation
- Weakened immune system / autoimmune disease
- Clogged lymphatic system
- Gastrointestinal issues – constipation, diarrhoea, candida, leaky gut, not enough good bacteria etc…
- Lack of sleep / insomnia
- Allergens
- Food intolerances
- Toxins –  Heavy metals, chemicals found in pesticides/herbicides/fungicides/cleaning
   products/personal hygiene products etc…
- Drugs (prescription and non) especially frequent use of antibiotics in childhood
- Alcohol
- Smoking
- Sugar / sweeteners
- Processed food / junk food / refined food
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Genetics
- Trauma
- Lack of / too much exercise
- Over / under eating
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Viral / bacterial infections
- Parasites
- Geopathic stress


EMOTIONAL

- Chronic stress / anxiety
- Negative self-talk
- Repressed emotions like anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, shame etc…
- Depression
- Grief
- Loneliness
- Toxic relationships
- Having a type A personality
- Perfectionism
- Hyper responsibility
- Hyper vigilance
- People-pleasing
- Trauma
- Abuse

SPIRITUAL

- Lack of purpose / direction
- Being an empath
- Being a highly sensitive person (HSP)
- Trying to be someone you’re not / living a lie
- Fear of death or ill health
- Psychic attack
- Not following your soul path
- Trusting others over your spirit
- Lack of spiritual connection
- Not using your gifts talents and skills
- Judgement/criticism of self and others
- Need for forgiveness

It's All Connected

This list is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive however it will hopefully give you an idea of the many factors that can contribute to fatigue and why the root cause is hard to pinpoint or diagnose. For example in some cases a hormonal imbalance may be a cause of the problem or merely a symptom. Please do not underestimate the emotional and spiritual triggers. Your symptoms may manifest as physical in nature but could be emotional at their core. Just think how your body reacts when you imagine biting into a lemon. Your mouth waters! The mind, body and spirit are intimately connected and this is why I believe a holistic approach to health and wellness is the medicine of the future. We are all energy and our bodies are speaking to us and giving us feedback all the time. If you are experiencing discomfort, pain or drops in energy then there is a reason. It’s telling us that something needs to be addressed. I liken it to a car. Let’s say you regularly let your car run on empty (under eating) and you use cheap, low grade fuel (eat junk food). For a while everything might run smoothly but then the engine starts making a weird sound (palpitations), the fuel tank gets rusty (bad bacteria/inflammation) and the exhaust is emitting fumes and back-firing (toxic overload) At this stage it can be hard to know what is the cause and what is the effect. It can take some time to get to the root cause but the good news is that once you do, it can be dealt with. Your body is just trying to communicate what needs to be addressed. Needless to say positive lifestyle changes can help no matter what.   Take a look at the list above and see which ones stand out to you. What is your body trying to tell you? What changes has you intuition been telling you to make that you are ignoring?

It Doesn't Have To Be This Way

If you are experiencing fatigue please seek support and help in whatever modality feels right to you. It’s a miserable way to live your life and is not something we should have to put up with. In the next few blogs I’ll go through some of the more common causes in more detail with suggestions/changes to consider if you feel guided. Until next time have a blessed, healthy and vibrant week! xxx

A note to the reader

Please Note: I learn best by writing and rewriting what I am learning until it is a permanent fixture in my brain. First and foremost these blogs are my way of retaining the information I have learned over the years. I really want to emphasise that my articles are by no means a “bible” to be followed to the letter by anyone but me. Having said that, I urge you to read all my blogs with an open mind and if a little bell starts ringing when you are reading any part of what I write, than by all means make a note and investigate it further to see if it might be a path that’s right for you. My biggest takeaway from having CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is to always trust my intuition, my own Inner Truth – it’s what gave me answers when no-one else could and I would encourage you to do the same.

 

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