Energy - low energy, fatigue

This page:-

 

  1. Aims to broaden the reader’s perspectives on low energy and fatigue

  2. Identifies some of the illnesses and conditions in which the hallmarks are low energy or fatigue in some measure

  3. Highlights key causes of low energy and fatigue

  4. In the case of illnesses and conditions, outlines the possible metaphysical - mental / emotional and belief causes

 

 

How seriously do you or your family and friends take the signs of low

energy, tiredness, or deeper more chronic fatigue? Or do you put it down

to just overworking a bit, a tad too much alcohol perhaps, burning the

candle at both ends, shrug it off, plough on, convincing yourself that

“this too will pass?”  Not wise.

 

Like other medical signs and symptoms, some of which can lead to cancers,

diabetes, coronary conditions, to name a few, continued tiredness, fatigue,

low or lack of energy needs to be investigated. But be prepared - your doctor

may also shrug you off, as mine has done, and so, just at a time when you least

feel like it, you need to be tenacious, persistent and say, “I am concerned at

my low energy. We need to explore what is causing it.” If necessary – seek

private help and go back to your GP with any results. By constantly feeding

back to the NHS, we may have some breakthroughs in their acceptance and

understanding of conditions they presently dismiss and ignore.

 

Yes it may cost to be independent and you may have to give up something to get the finances together but you are worth it. There have been times when I have cut back on shpping just to create the financial resources to afford that extra physo session, a massage, a nutritional consultatioin. Seek help from complementary and alternative therapists, perhaps a Reiki practitioner - the word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki – or Chi - which is "life force energy". Consider finding a healer, nutritionists, naturopaths, and many of the other kinds of energy medicine practitioners. See our page on the list of therapies, treatments, and approaches but remember it is not comprehensive but probably longer than you originally thought.  If you find one not listed, let us know. Contact.

 

For now here is a summary of SOME – only some – of the key things that could be draining your energy or the names of some energy draining medical conditions, together with their metaphysical causes.

 

 

Mind

 

Attitude – notice your overall attitude to health, well-being, movement, exercise, laziness, eagerness, openness, and so on. If it is at all negative then it may be costing you, especially over time. Start now and ask, “how does my attitude to exercise and movement, health and well-being, stamina and fitness need to change. How? In what way? When will I change?

 

Mental instructions to your body – notice your language; if you keep telling yourself “I can’t eg exercise, walk, run, move, do X,y, or Z,” your body will respond in like manner.  You are not only what you eat, but what you feed your mind. If you tell your body you’re too tired to do anything but sit in, lie down and watch movies all night, it will shift gears and lower energy production. Trouble is, do you tell it to switch back on again? No! You just expect it to do so. But if you tell your body that you need energy and that to help it you need to have a brisk walk, it responds by giving you the energy you need to do just that. Remember too to give gratitude.

 

Stress – how do you respond to the stressors in your life? It’s said over 70% of medical conditions are triggered by stress in our life that we do not handle well or simply ignore and accept as part of life. Stress also includes the “stuff” that you create in your mind. And you body-mind system doesn’t know reality from what’s going on in your head.

 

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Body

 

Body – do you look after your body? Do you talk with it to find out what it needs from you? Do you feed it appropriately, give it right amounts of rest and retreat, relaxation and recovery. How often do you tell it you love it, say thanks, acknowledge your gratitude?

 

100mph -  if you go through life at a hundred miles per hour, 24/7 don’t be surprised if your body reacts, gives up, breaks down, runs out. Pace your body.

 

Spirit

 

How do you regard the Spirit and Soul parts of life? Always know that just because you don’t believe in this aspect of life, does not mean it is not at play in your life.

 

 

Medical and health

 

 

Adrenals - adrenal fatigue is the number one underlying issue in most health conditions. Are you stressed out, needing more sleep or experiencing insomnia, have a compromised immune system, feeling overwhelmed, running on caffeine, feeling sick and tired and tired of feeling sick and tired? Adrenal fatigue happens when the adrenal glands wear out due to continual production of the stress hormone cortisol affecting the thyroid gland and thus creating many other hormone imbalances. Research adrenal fatigue. Be aware that some conventional doctors often disregard the existence of adrenal fatigue.

 

            Metaphysical

 

                     Emotional state

 

                        Fear of change

                        Fear of not being good enough

                        Hooked on stress

                        Repeats the same stress inducing behaviours

                        Lifelong hyperactive behaviours as a result of childhood lack of nurturing

                        Always on guard

 

                        Beliefs

 

                        Bad things happen when there is change      

                        Change is dangerous

                        I am guilty of doing wrong things

                        I can never slow down

                        I don’t have time for fun, I must not have fun

                        I can’t say no

                        I’m not wanted

                        No one listens to me

 

 

Anemia -  is a key sign of fatigue (and bear in mind fatigue and lack of energy don’t always feel the same.) Particularly women who can become anemic due to blood loss from menstruation. Anemia causes a severe iron deficiency, which results in low blood cells count. Red blood cells are needed to carry oxygen and energy to your tissues and organs. To combat anemia, incorporate some iron-rich foods, such as shellfish, beans, whole grain cereals, and beef liver into your weekly diet. Consider supplementation.

 

            Metaphysical

 

                        Beliefs

 

                     My life is meaningless

                        I don’t like myself

                        I have to be in control

                        I must do it myself for it to be right

                        I never get what I want

                        I’m not enough

                        There is no joy in life

                        Life lacks colour

 

Cortisol, the energy hormone - cortisol has many different functions, it's hard to sum it all up in a single word. But if cortisol had to be described using any word then that word would be energy. Cortisol controls how the body makes and uses energy. In the morning its level rises and gives us energy to get our day started. By night it falls 90% from morning levels and we fall asleep. During moments of stress cortisol surges up, allowing up to handle emergency situations. During moments of calm such as prayer or meditation cortisol goes down. High stress raises cortisol.  Chronically elevated cortisol -ie consistently being under stress, inhibits immune system function, digestion and leads to the slow deterioration of the body. Low cortisol robs the body of much energy. You maynot  bme able to avoid the stressors in your life but you can control your attitude anad response to them/

 

Dehydration - many people can’t identify when their fatigue is due to dehydration. A glass of water may be what’s needed, rather than a sugar snack. Drink as much H2O as it takes to keep your mouth moist throughout the day and improve mood and concentration. And remember this rule of thumb: Your pee should be light yellow to clear. If it’s brighter and darker yellow, you need to drink more water. Dehydration is often the reason we lack energy or we fool ourselves into believing we need food (and so we often reach for a sugary, energy-zapping snack.) You need adequate, unadulterated liquids ie water. If you dislike the taste, infuse natural water with a few fresh berries, or a squirt of lemon or lime juice.

 

Diabetes Type 2 – is an energy drainer but can be combatted with proper management. It has a physical toll on your body, but the mental emotional side effects, feeling depressed at diabetes, all the toing and froing to hospital for check ups and treatments, canal simple dry up your energy. But diabetes can be reversed through strict attention to what you eat – primarily by eating a low carb – high natural fat diet.

 

            Metaphysical

 

                      Emotional state

 

                        Feels one has no permission to play, have fun, experience joy                                                        

                        Cannot see the forest for  the trees

                        Feels lost, Future is bleak. Present and future lacks sweetness.

                        Given up on the game of life

                        Not in touch with feelings and emotions

 

                        Beliefs

 

                        Being different, vulnerable is dangerous – so is having feelings                                         

                        I am disappointed in life, feel disconnected from the Divine

                        I am sad all the time

                        I can’t – feel, forgive, release

                        I don’t – belong, get to be angry, know what joy is, trust myself

                        I have never found a place where I am happy

                        I follow others dictates

                        No one appreciates me

                        I have to be critical

 

Exercising  insufficiently – yes, it may seem counterintuitive that when you least have energy, doing some exercise will actually increase. You may dislike the word exercise as it smacks of being a gym guru; not at all, exercise is what you like, walking dancing, trampolining, skipping, swimming etc. the important thing is to add some daily for both a short-term energy boost and improvement of sleep quality, which will ultimately leave you feeling more well rested, and yet energised.

 

Hormones – there are numerous hormones that influence how energised or low in energy you’re feeling. The two primary sources of trouble are slow-functioning thyroid and adrenal glands. As for adrenal hormones, take this little test: When you’re hungry, do you quickly switch to feeling so irritable and ravenous that if you don’t eat, you’ll commit a felony? This is a sign that your adrenal glands may not be working properly.

 

Hypothyroidism – is the result of an underactive thyroid, the gland responsible for controlling your metabolism (or the rate your body converts food to energy). Those with hyperthyroidism have sluggish metabolisms, which leaves them drained of energy and prone to weight gain. If you suspect a thyroid issue, ask your doctor to check your hormone levels but bear in minds, conventional testing often results in inaccurate results. Do your research and be prepared to (a) challenge conventional test results with your doctor and / or (b) have tests done privately. Don’t underestimate the importance of thyroid health -   https://chriskresser.com/5-thyroid-patterns-that-wont-show-up-on-standard-lab-tests/    

 

            Metaphysical

 

                     Beliefs

 

                        I am angry at being overlooked

                        I am powerless to get what I need

                        I am not safe

                        I am in danger

                        I have to do things to feel important

                        I am a saviour, good Samaritan

                        I will never have inner peace

 

 

Infections – we don’t always know when we have an infection or suffer from inflammation. But these are two dominos in the low-energy cascade of symptoms. Healthy diets and clean, hygienic living are all key. Monitor your body so infections don’t linger. Clean your teeth daily, floss regularly to lower your gum inflammation risk. Reduce sinusitis with a neti pot. Nasal irrigation, or nasal lavage or nasal douche, is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses. Use probiotics to treat prostatitis, vaginitis and bowel infections. With viral infections, frequent hand washing, sleeping and avoiding saturated fats and simple sugars can help.

 

Insulin resistance — a precursor to diabetes — makes it hard to get sugar (our body’s fuel) to our energy production plants. We then distribute the sugar into fat storage rather than storing it in cells, which need it to produce energy.

 

Moving too little and infrequently – first check. How sedentary is your lifestyle ie do you sit a lot and for a long time? In our increasingly sit-down society we need to get up and move more. Muscles and the skeletal system need to be regularly moved. When you get moving, nitric oxide is released from the artery linings to allow blood to move freely through your vessels. This moves more nutrients to your cells and your body is better able to responds to your actions. Movements are those things mentioned in exercise (previous paragraph) but can also include Yoga, Qi Gong, resistance exercises, active stretching, gentler dancing like waltzing, gardening – even tending a window box. Bear in minds that if you enjoy the movements, you will benefit from the increase in positive moods.

 

Poor posture – people who feel depressed will often slouch or walk head down and then feel tired. Their negative thinking, which is understandable, will also wind and grind them down to a low emotional and energetic state. Side effects of medication can make us slouch and depressed. Slouched walking decreases energy levels while exacerbating symptoms of depression. Two things to help – (1) catch yourself with negative self-talk and try if you can to convert it into something positive (eg instead of, “I’m find this walking really hard” try telling yourself , “With every step I am getting back to better health.” ) (2) Notice and say, “I notice I am slouching again. I now chose to adopt an upright posture (and do so) and walk tall.” Simply altering body posture to a more upright position boosts mood and energy, and as you notice the positive change, you can begin to generate even more positive thoughts…”this feels good, I can breathe more easily, drawing in deeper breaths re-energises me etc.” OK, it may sound stupid, but it works, and so, work with what works. Equally, when seated, sit up straight! Set reminders on your phone or calendar or even window so that throughout the day you remind yourself to check your posture and straighten up.

 

Sleep - sleep isn’t just about resting; as you rest, your body is working hard to repair, and refill your batteries, so to speak.  As an example, consider human growth hormone, a protein made by the pituitary gland which plays a role in making muscles healthy and bones strong. Poor sleep often means we collect fat, especially around the stomach area. Good sleep helps balance the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. It’s also essential for normal brain function. We know that slow sleep leads to fatigue, decreased strength and stamina, and symptoms of depression. Growth hormone, secreted primarily when we sleep, will help keep weight and pain down and boost up your energy. If you know you have poor quality sleep, keep waking during the sleep period, awake unrefreshed, or a bed-partner is complaining of your snoaring, see your doctor. You could be suffering from sleep apnoea or some other sleep deprivation condition which could be affecting your health and you are just not making the connection.

 

Sitting too much - sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful to your health; just one hour of sitting affects your heart!, not using your muscles helps them atrophy, waste. So use them or loose them. Sitting too much is a major energy stealer as well. Standing up and moving for even a few minutes helps get your blood circulating through your body and increases the oxygen in your blood, ultimately sending more oxygen to your brain which increases alertness. If you work at a desk job, get up every fifteen minutes or so to help your blood circulate easily. Walk to visit a colleague (if you can) instead of sending e-mails. Stand up to take calls. At home, get up every 15 to 30 minutes, go drink some water, go to the bathroom, just go do some movement.

 

Nutrition

 

Breakfast – avoiding breakfast can contribute to low energy in the morning. Your body needs good food on completion of an extended period of fasting. Without it, the body runs on empty – leaving you famished and more likely to make unhealthy snacking and full-meal choices that will spike your blood sugar. Combine low, healthy carbohydrates, like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, with a small amount of protein, such as eggs, nuts, or dairy. The carbs give you the boost, and the protein sustains you until your next meal.

 

Caffeine – most of us start the day with a coffee, then drink too much coffee (170 calories in a Starbucks Caffe Latte!) for the remainder of the day. We think that’s all there is to caffeine. But whether it’s a can of soda or constant unhealthy coffee refills, many of the beverages we reach for when we feel tired are packed with caffeine – a stimulant which gives you a quick jolt, but can also leave you crashing soon after, especially if you ingest too much. If you drink caffeinated beverages into the afternoon / evening, they may start to have an effect on your sleep quality. Read the labels on all drinks. Don’t be fooled by marketing labels that tell you the drink is healthy.

 

Junk food - we think of sugar as a quick way to boost energy, but in the long run it does just the opposite. It is essential if you are diabetic and having a hype then you may need a dextrose cube. But as a rule of thumb, any product or ingredient that ends in -ose, like glucose, dextrose, maltose and sucrose, are just going to leave you sluggish. Fast foods put you in biological slow-moods state. Switch to healthy foods – low carb, natural fat, no low-anything foods, no processed foods, no take-aways or ready-made meals (unless home cooked) and quit with the sugar. Feast on fresh food.

 

Snacks – it is still the case that most vending machines in hospitals, organisations, and public places, contain unhealthy foods. Selections offers mostly products high in high carbs and sugar – energy stealers. Think in advance and take your own healthier snacks if you can.

 

Vitamins - low vitamin B  - you need B vitamins for your mitochondria (think of them as energy storing batteries) to turn glucose into energy. We can absorb B vitamins well in liquid or pill form, but the majority of us don’t get enough from our diets. A vitamin in the morning and evening can help keep levels stable and get you energised. Low energy? Check both your vitamin B12 and D levels.

For more information, read here.

 

The “Where Does My Energy Go?” Quiz

 

How much coffee or caffeine do you consume each day? Do you even know? If it’s

on the high side, change to water or non-caffeinated drinks.

 

How is your sleep? Do you get off to sleep easily?  Are you getting 7 -8 hours

quality, uninterrupted sleep. Is anyone complaining about your snoring?

Do you need to address any sleep issues?

 

What is your own reasoning for your low energy? What are you doing about it?

 

If you have no reasons for your low energy, what are you doing about that?

 

How well do you look after your body? How high are your levels of attention to self-care?

 

Do you love yourself? Unconditionally? Warts and all?

 

Do you have any medical signs of low energy – eg dehydration, anaemia, high stress (therefore high cortisol,) hypothyroidism, hormonal issues, infections, insulin resistance, glucose issues, adrenal problems? When do you plan to have a consultation about them? If your GP is not interested, what will you do? When will you draw up a list of local health care providers eg nutritionists, functional medical practitioners, naturopaths, Reiki practitioners etc?

 

Do you move – well, easily, often, without pain?  If not, what are you planning to do about it?

 

Is your posture erect and firm? If it is slouchy and lose, what do you plan to do about it?

 

Do you feed yourself well and only on non-processed, natural, fresh, non-sugary, low-carb, natural fats, foods?

 

To what extent have you considered poor vitamin intake and absorption as a reason for your low energy?

 

What other reasons have you found on your research for your low energy?

 

How is low energy affecting your lifestyle and life?

 

What’s your plan to rid yourself of fatigue and create vibrant, energetic health? Which of the following will feature in your plan?

 

  1. Adopt more positive attitude

  2. Balance glucose levels

  3. Caffeine, drink less

  4. Consult with medical practitioner

  5. Drink more water

  6. Eat wisely and well

  7. Exercise

  8. Lifestyle changes

  9. Look after my body

  10. Love myself more and better

  11. Move more and differently

  12. Posture, improve

  13. Self-care, look after myself   

  14. Sleep well

  15. Vitamins

  16. Water, drink more

Challenge and correct negative emotional states

Identify your own sabotaging beliefs

Work, with a therapist if necessary, to explore and counter negative beliefs

Challenge and correct negative emotional states

Identify your own sabotaging beliefs

Work, with a therapist if necessary, to explore and counter negative beliefs

Identify your own sabotaging beliefs

Work, with a therapist if necessary, to explore and counter negative beliefs

Identify your own sabotaging beliefs

Work, with a therapist if necessary, to explore and counter negative beliefs

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