It seems so many people these days are low in energy – probably because we live in such a face-paced, stressful world where our phones are always buzzing and we often forget to take some much needed time out. If we keep this up, being consistently tired for long periods of time, we can do our bodies some serious harm. In fact, it can cause our adrenals to collapse – sending us into what’s called adrenal fatigue. Some tell-tale signs of Adrenal Fatigue:
- It’s a struggle to get up in the morning, even after a long sleep
- You crave especially salty or sweet food
- You get a second wave of energy at 11pm
- You’re unmotivated or have a difficulty dealing with physical or emotional stress
- You get sick often and have a weakened immune system
- You experience high levels of fatigue each day
Sound like you? Here are my top tips to fight fatigue and feel more energised every day:
- Get 8 hours sleep
Every night, whenever you can. I truly believe if people consistently got 8 hours of sleep, many health problems would be solved.
- Go into the SFZ
The Stress Free Zone is a must! Enjoy 10-30 minutes of solitude a day. Try going for a walk, reading a book, doing meditation, stretching or lying on the grass.
- Give up refined carbs and sugar
They can mess with your blood sugar and lead to energy highs and lows – you want to avoid the crashes to maintain healthy adrenals!
- Eat well and more often
Have regular meals and snacks that are packed with nutrient-dense foods to keep your energy levels up. Having some protein at each meal can also help stabilise blood sugars and avoid blood sugar drops. And, as always, eat more greens – they’re rich in iron and are so easy to add to smoothies or juices. My book, The Healthy Life, is full of easy-to-make and nourishing recipes, find out more here.
- Test your levels
Check your iron and thyroid levels, cortisol and your adrenal profile with a doctor. Taking good quality supplements can also be incredibly beneficial; I recommend vitamin C, B-complex and magnesium for starters.
- Avoid excess caffeine
Limit yourself to 1 cup of coffee per day if you can. You may think coffee will give you more energy, but long term it can cause your adrenals more stress and exhaustion. If you can, replace coffee with herbal teas – a great way to increase your water intake (you should be drinking 2 litres a day!) while also nourishing your body.
- Physical Exercise
As long as it’s not too high-intensity too often, movement is great to fight fatigue. It gets your blood pumping and the endorphins going, which are great mood and energy boosters. I always recommend yoga – a vinyasa flow can help you connect with your body and is so rejuvenating.
- Spend time doing things that make you feel good
Love and passion are sure-fire ways of keeping yourself energised. Try and do one thing each day that you love – bonus if you do more! There should be no shortage of things that you love in your day – but even something small, like taking a walk in nature or taking some time out to spend with a love one, can rejuvenate you.
- Have something to look forward to
Plan a big adventure or a weekend trip, an art class or even a night out on the town with your partner. Thinking about the event will boost your excitement and can keep you feeling positive about the future.
- Get support
I am a huge believer in seeking professional support if you need it – from alternative therapists to doctors and psychologists. Having someone to talk to about what is stressing you out not only feels better – but can help you identify and develop coping skills unique to you. I believe everyone can benefit from this kind of work.
Let me know how you go xx