Natural Energy Boosters To Help Manage Endometriosis Fatigue
Endometriosis fatigue. It’s one of the most challenging and unaddressed symptoms of this chronic illness. Getting through the day can sometimes feel impossible (I’m having one of those moments right now!), but sometimes, even though we want to be kind to ourselves, we have to keep going. Maybe it’s a deadline, maybe it’s because you can’t afford to take time off, maybe it’s because you feel like this everyday and you have to work to pay your rent, so what else can you do but push through? I’ve been in all three situations and have spent years developing little hacks to help me cope.
So in a recent column for Endometriosis News, I wrote about my favourite natural energy boosters to help you get a burst of energy and reduce endometriosis fatigue, even if just for an hour or two. Have a read of a snippet below or head to the column to read the whole piece here.
4 Activities to Boost Your Energy When You’re Feeling Fatigued
I’ve been experiencing stresses that affect my relaxation, resulting in an average of five to six hours of sleep a night. I’d argue that this isn’t enough rest for anyone, given the importance of sleep for overall health. A lack of sleep can exacerbate endometriosis symptoms. Dealing with fatigue, brain fog, and depression have been challenging for me, and sleep is one of the best ways to manage these symptoms. Chronic fatigue doesn’t just go away with a good night’s sleep; for me, it’s something that needs careful and nearly constant management.
I need at least eight hours of sleep a night, ideally nine to 10 (not that I always get that!). If I don’t have enough sleep, fatigue makes my day feel impossible. Recently I fell off the wagon and went back to caffeine, but with my period fast approaching, I know I have to cut that out again, or else I’ll experience heightened pain levels. And so I’ve been returning to natural ways to boost my energy.
The following low-energy day fixes have been my go-tos for several years. Of course, on some days, fatigue may bind you to your bed, and it’s important to listen to your body and rest when needed. However, if you need to (and can) make it through the day, these tips might help you.
Yoga helps focus my mind while gently energizing my body. It encourages awareness of movement, allowing me to be more present. If I’m drowsy from the get-go, then I’ll start the day with a really short morning session. If I begin flagging during the workday, I like to do an energy sequence, yoga boost, or focus and productivity session. Of course, this practice counts on you having the space to stretch during working hours. If you’re lucky, your work might have a spare room you could close yourself away in (and get a colleague to join in!) or you could head to the nearest gym on your lunch break.
Read the rest of the article here.
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