Let’s face it, the past two years have been difficult. It’s totally understandable if you’re a bit more tired than usual given everything we’ve collectively been through.
53 percent¹ of women in the US are struggling with fatigue to the point of burnout as they deal with an ongoing pandemic that has done little to slow down the hectic pace of their already jam-packed lives.
Simply put, fatigue is an ongoing feeling of tiredness that generally doesn’t resolve with a quick nap or a good night’s sleep. It leaves you feeling drained of energy, physically and mentally exhausted, and can also result in a lack of motivation.
It can be caused by a number of factors including stress, hormonal or underlying medical issues, and lifestyle choices like how we eat, sleep, and exercise.
With our constant go-go-go culture that glorifies being busy and shuns sleep, it’s no wonder that many of us are left with less energy than we would like. More often than not, we try to tackle the issues of fatigue and low energy with the “easiest” tools available to us: caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods - anything that will keep you going just a little bit longer.
But usually, these quick fixes leave you feeling even more exhausted than before. So what’s the solution?
Focus on holistic health solutions that will improve your overall quality of life, and see if your energy improves. If not, it may be time to talk to your healthcare provider to see if there are deeper underlying issues causing your chronic fatigue like a sluggish thyroid or sleep apnea.
In the meantime, try these tips to see if you can find that much-needed energy boost that will help you live your best life:
Start with sleep - Yeah, we know it’s obvious, but there’s no amount of damage control you can do with diet and lifestyle without first getting the rest you need. Aim for at least 7-9 hours² of shuteye per night to make sure your body gets the vital restoration sleep provides.
Choose energizing fuel - No, we’re not talking about more coffee (unfortunately, caffeine isn’t doing your current fatigue any favors). Make sure your diet is rich in whole foods and heavy on antioxidants, phytonutrients, and healthy fats - especially omega-3’s. Think fruits, veggies, oily fish, nuts, and seeds like those in Beeya’s seed cycling bundle which are a source of all three and can help support optimal energy levels.
Workout wisely - Since chronic fatigue is often caused by high levels of cortisol in the body, you may want to prioritize more gentle, low-stress workouts such as yoga or a nice long walk. Avoid high-intensity workouts, especially later in the day when those activities are likely to leave you exhausted but unable to sleep.
Don’t get dehydrated - Dehydration can leave you with fatigue, brain fog, headaches, and poor mood. That’s a high price to pay for not drinking enough water. To ensure you get enough each day, divide your body weight (in pounds) in half and aim to drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 120lbs, you should try to drink 60oz. of water daily.