Do you feel exhausted and lethargic? Most people deal with fatigue in some form or another. It could be temporarily due to life stresses/habits, or may be more long-term due to health-related issues.
Whatever the case may be, when you are fatigued you are both physically and mentally drained. Daily tasks that were once so easy to perform can now feel like you are trying to climb Mount Everest. I know I have had my share of times like this.
There are many different reasons why fatigue may occur. Some of them include depression, lack of sleep, illness, over stimulation and mental stress. No matter what the reason, here are a few natural remedies that can give you the energy boost you need without the crash later.
#1 Make Sure There Aren’t Any Underlying Health Conditions
If the fatigue is sever and not obviously related to any current life situations, you may wish to speak to a medical professional about it. There could be a condition causing the extreme fatigue.
#2 Eat a Good Breakfast
When you wake up in the morning one of the first things you should do is eat breakfast. As you have heard so many times before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So long as you are choosing healthy options for breakfast, your energy levels get a boost. It is this boost that can help you perform your daily tasks more efficiently.
There is one caveat that I have with this: Intermittent fasting has become a trend lately, which has people skipping breakfast. While I am a supporter of this and thing that it has amazing benefits, purposefully attempting intermittent fasting while dealing with regular fatigue can put you at risk for a variety of different health problems.
While there’s been a lot of debate on whether skipping breakfast and intermittent fasting is better for your body, someone currently dealing with bad fatigue should not. You need to make sure you are sustaining yourself with plenty of small healthy meals throughout the day.
#3 Eat More Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, etc… contain dietary fiber that can help reduce the amount of adrenal damage caused by stress and fatigue. The result is a better-controlled blood sugar level and less glucose being metabolized in the body.
Leafy greens are superfoods that can help eliminate the fat that is often found in the midriff area. Fat in the midriff area causes the hormone cortisol to increase in your body (stress hormone). When this happens you gain even more weight, cause more stress on your body, and end up with further health issues as well as fatigue. By eating leafy greens, you can potentially reduce insulin resistance and improve the metabolism..
#4 Get Plenty of Sleep/Rest
Never underestimate the power of sleep. In order for your body and mind to function the right way, you need to plenty of rest. Having a proper sleeping pattern is a key step to preventing fatigue. When you get plenty of rest you will feel rejuvenated and ready for the day. When you don’t get enough rest, you will feel very sluggish and unable to focus.
Here are a few resources that may help if you are struggling with sleep:
#5 Use Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is an herb known to be used for a variety of different ailments. The chemicals it contains have a very calming effect. When you are calm your level of mental fatigue is significantly lowered.
For best results mix lip balm with nettle, raspberry leaf, oat tops, ginger, and licorice in a tea.
#6 Take Warm Epsom Salt Bath
Salt baths are great for helping you release physical tension and fatigue. Just take a little Epsom salt and add it to a tub of lukewarm water. Sit in the water for about 10 minutes. This will allow your body to relax as the salt massages your pores. Try to avoid getting your face or hair in the water. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to an epsom salt bath is something I do fairly regularly. It helps me fall asleep quickly at night.
#7 Drink a Glass of Wine
All the wine lovers out there will love this remedy. When it comes to getting rid of fatigue, all you may need is a glass of wine.
Herbal Wine Remedy:
Take 1 liter of your favorite red wine and mix it with the following ingredients:
– 25gm of sage
– 25gm of rosemary
– 2 tsps. of honey
Find a glass container and mix in the wine, rosemary, and sage.
Put the glass container in a pot of boiling hot water for 20 minutes.
Remove the container, strain the liquid, and add in the honey.
Let it cool off a bit and enjoy!
#8 Drink Rose Tea or Use Rose Essential Oil Topically
Rose petals are known for their ability to help combat depression and tension. Generally speaking, both are a direct result of mental fatigue. You can make a rose tea or get 20 to 30 rose petals and mix them in a glass of water. Boil the mixture for about 15 minutes. Once it has cooled down you will need to store it in an airtight container. Have a glass up to 3 times a day.
As an alternative, use rose essential oil topically by combining with a carrier oil and massaging into the skin. You can also add rose essential oil to your bath water.
#9 Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is a neurotoxin and stimulant. It’s considered a psychoactive drug that can have damaging effects on the brain and body if overused. The overstimulation of consuming too much caffeine can also cause fatigue as well as sleep problems.
It may seem like a difficult task to exercise if you are already exhausted, but exercise gives you increased energy. In various studies it has been linked to increased energy levels, and it improves the working efficiency of the heart, lungs, and muscles. When your body works better, you’re less likely to deal with fatigue.
#11 Eliminate Any Unnecessary Stress In Your Life
I cannot say this enough to people: If it’s causing stress and is unnecessary, get rid of it! Too often we allow things or people to continually wreck havoc on our emotions, stress levels, and mental health. If there is something or someone in your life causing unwanted stress, let it go.
Oftentimes, we may not even realize when someone or something is causing us stress. This is where inner reflection and even getting an outsider’s opinion may help in identifying stressors.
Have you dealt with fatigue? What are some of the things you did/do to combat it?