Life is just a lot better when you actually have the energy and vigor to appreciate it, and to pursue your dreams and ambitions without feeling as though you’re on the verge of collapsing at any given moment.
Poor energy levels and chronic fatigue are the most common reasons why people fail to achieve their full potential in life, and suffer from a diminished sense of well-being and capability.
There are many large and ambitious strategies that may help you to deal with issues such as chronic fatigue. For a beginner they all might sound a bit overwhelming. So if you're looking for ways to reduce fatigue, while not get completely mind blowed, here are some simple places to start when seeking to restore your energy and health.
Consider and address all potential nutrient deficiencies
It’s quite easy to go through life without ever really thinking about your micronutrient consumption much at all. After all, food is abundant enough, and as long as your well fed, surely you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, right?
In reality, though, various forms of micronutrient deficiency remain very common – even in the developed world, and often due to things like mineral-depleted soil in agriculture. And, although it may not seem that way, a deficiency in a particular vitamin or mineral can have a truly dramatic impact on your energy levels and sense of well-being.
For example, magnesium deficiency is known to be very prevalent – while magnesium itself is absolutely essential for hundreds of processes in the body, including the proper generation of energy via mitochondria. (1) If you don’t take a decent magnesium supplement daily, you may very well be deficient in this mineral, and the side-effects of deficiency include things like depression, low energy, asthma, blood and heart disorders, and more.
Consider and address all potential nutrient deficiencies first and foremost, when seeking to restore your health and energy levels. Don’t just rely on a single multivitamin to do this job for you.
Check in on support groups and communities, and use them to get ideas
There are all sorts of different support groups found online, specifically with regards to certain health conditions and illnesses.
Just recently I stumbled upon Shift.ms. It's a web-based community that exists in order to give people a practical resource and social hub concerning multiple sclerosis. It's founded by real people who suffer from this horrible illness and it's lead by true experts. It's always great to have experts on the board to talk about subjects regarding health.
So, if you have, or feel that you might have, a specific medical condition, it could be a good idea to check in on such web-based support groups and communities. Use them to get ideas for what may be wrong with you. Communities of this sort do exist for generalized fatigue, as well, and many useful suggestions may be found through them.
Experiment with different diet and lifestyle routines, while tracking everything in a journal
There are all sorts of different diet suggestions and strategies out there that people swear by, and that may or may not be very effective for resolving specific health situations. Chronic fatigue included.
One thing is certain. If you suffer from lack of energy, you will have to make some lifestyle and diet changes. You can start with simple things, like:
- Get more sleep and try to reduce stress.
- Do some regular exercises like brisk walking or cycling.
- Quit smoking and limit alcohol.
- Eat a nutritious diet based on whole, healthy foods and avoid added sugars.
- Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day.
Experiment with different healthy foods and lifestyle routines. While doing so you can track everything you do and experience in a wellness journal. I absolutely love Thrive Journal. It's a notebook designed to help you track your habits and reach your health goals.
Over time, you should get a sense for what works for you, what doesn’t, and where the answers may lie.
Do you struggle with lack of energy? What's your way to beat fatigue? Let me know in comments below.