Unfortunately, more and more frequent and also more and more among young adults, exhaustion is the reflection of a society focused on performance, efficiency and perfectionism. You feel exhausted?
Here are some symptoms of exhaustion:
- Difficult concentration
- Increased need for sleep or difficulty falling asleep
- sugar cravings
- Loss of motivation
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Rapid Exhaustion
- Decreased libido
- Low pressure
- Weakened immune system
If you feel several of these, or it affects a loved one, it would be wise to read on…
Etiology of exhaustion
The nervous system keeps the body on alert by increasing levels of stress hormones in individuals who perceive that they do not really have control over certain things that seem essential to them. Hormones affect the whole body. As long as they don't regain control of the situation or let go, the hormones will affect his body. Difficulty sleeping, weakened immune system, tense muscles, altered blood pressure, affected digestive system, concentration and memory problems, mood swings, chronic fatigue.
Exhaustion can therefore be physical, mental and emotional.
How to recover:
Step number 1 to recover from it is, on the one hand, to become aware of it. Sometimes you have to move away from the tree to better visualize the forest.
Exhaustion can easily lead to depression, or even major depression. Getting started is crucial. And recovering adequately from exhaustion requires a review of lifestyle habits.
Recognizing the symptoms surrounding it provides a better perspective of the real needs.⠀⠀
- Sleep (Quality & Quantity): Get Enough and Well Sleep Good quality sleep without waking up or insomnia, as well as enough hours (on average 7 hours per night), are important for good recovery. If your quality of sleep is not adequate, some natural products can help you maximize it. (See: The collection Sleep supplements. Maybe you just missmagnesium, or that a littleL-theanine, ofAshwagandha orOptisom would help optimal sleep)
- Feed (blood sugar management and nutrient abundance): Often we think we are eating well. And when we ask a professional to evaluate our diet, we realize that the amount of carbohydrates consumed is far too high for our needs, and low in nutrients. The body needs good nutrients to function. A balanced diet (i.e. with plenty of vegetables and quality protein) will give the body the energy it needs to function well without being too tired.⠀⠀⠀
- Physical activity (too little or too intense): Everything is still in balance. Too little physical activity = the body needs it to stay healthy, and to help the production of hormones like dopamine and endorphins! (See article:Fight depression, anxiety and stress through sport?) And too much training = the body fails to recover (See article:Performers and recoveryon). It is important to give him breaks.
- Social life (crucial to mental health): Yes, social life is crucial to mental health. A bit on hold since the start of the pandemic, we will one day return to this much-desired social life.
- mind set (positivism, practice of letting go, self -esteem) It is important to work on your positivism and your self -esteem, to let go of 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓, to be in performance and to start 𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐔𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐑. Promote relaxation through walking, hot baths, reading, meditation.n.
- 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒 (By far the most important, stress management is crucial to health) Bad stress wears down physical and mental health. Try to minimize stressors, or our way of perceiving them, and make sure you have the right tools to manage your stress.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌟 Slowing down, taking time for yourself, agreeing to say NO and taking vacations every 6 months reduce the risk of exhaustion.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To help you, do not hesitate to call on health professionals:⠀
- Doctor if you are no longer able to carry out your daily tasks
- Naturopath to optimize lifestyle habits and ensure adequate nutrient intake
- Osteopath to relieve tension and relax the nervous system
- Acupuncturist to balance energy and nourish certain meridians (often the spleen and liver)
- Massage therapist to relieve physical tension
- Psychologist to release mental tensions
- Life coach (under referral) to change the patterns that wear you down
- Lafleur, J. Ph. D, Work and Health, vol 25 no 9, March 2009, revised February 2017
Article written by Émilie Riendeau
Naturopath, B.Sc, ND, K.In
Émilie Riendeau can be reached on her social networks: instagram or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org