Extreme tiredness can have many causes, but often it is linked to certain lifestyle choices.
Working long hours, juggling family commitments with a hectic social life, and eating an unhealthy diet can all lead to low energy levels and the inability to sleep soundly.
As a result many of us are left feeling unusually tired for long periods of time, which can impact our health, happiness and productivity.
To help you regain some control over your energy levels and fight fatigue the natural way, we have some remedies for you to try:
For a quick energy boost throughout the day, we recommend putting a few drops of peppermint oil on a tissue or handkerchief and then holding it to your nose. Breathe deeply to inhale all the benefits of the invigorating scent, which is thought to help the transmission of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain.
It is important to ensure you avoid overexertion and keep your stress levels low as this can contribute to tiredness and exhaustion. Yoga therapy or pilates can be beneficial for helping to relax the mind and body, while meditation will help you to focus your mind and channel troublesome thoughts and feelings more effectively.
Alternatively you may also want to try reflexology, where gentle pressure is applied to specific points on the feet and hands to promote relaxation and ease any pain or tension that may be contributing to fatigue.
The Ginseng herb has been used for hundreds of years as an anti-fatigue remedy as it helps to stimulate the nervous system while protecting the body from the effects of stress. Ginseng supplements are available in most health stores but please consult a professional before taking them.
It’s not to everyone’s taste but green tea is an excellent mood and energy booster. Thanks to high levels of polyphenols, green tea also has antioxidant and antibiotic properties to help keep the immune system functioning smoothly.
There’s a reason breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day – it breaks your overnight fast and delivers an important metabolic boost to prepare you for the day ahead. Aim for healthy options such as porridge with berries, natural plain yoghurt with fruit and honey or scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast to keep you fuller for longer.