Why am I so effing tired?
It’s a question we asked back even before March 2020, when the pandemic first took hold – and we still relate. The days are exhausting, despite the fact we’re doing very little. In addition, we have anxiety, gut complaints like bloating, and/or difficulty sleeping.
Many of us feel this way. In fact 69% of women and 50% of men complain of burnout related symptoms, which has increased 33% over the last year!
This is the topic I tackle in my new book, I’m So Effing Tired, A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life. Here I explain how we as individuals and society can start to feel more like ourselves again.
A survey from monster.com found that two-thirds, or 69%, of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms while working from home. I argue that in most cases, this can be reversed. In some cases, fatigue may indicate a larger medical condition – and it’s important to rule this out.
Here are 3 easy ways to boost your energy if you feel tired all the time:
1 FIX YOUR CHRONOBIOLOGY - Stay in Tune with Sunlight
The modern world has forgotten the importance of our body’s natural circadian rhythm. The brain and almost 80% of your genes work on circadian patterns. It may seem simple and unnecessary, but by:
1 Waking up and going to bed at the same time
2 Getting at least 15-minutes of nature and sun daily
3 Circadian fasting, which essentially means only eating during the daylight
— you can feel more energetic and even reduce or negate common health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and imbalanced hormones.
2 FIX YOUR MICROBIOLOGY - Gut Health Matters
Our diet plays a huge role in our health and it’s often overlooked in the medical field. Gut health is crucial for maintaining overall health, as it affects our brain, immune system, digestion, and hormones. To start with, I recommend eating six to eight servings of vegetables each day, especially prebiotics. These are foods that help our gut bacteria grow strong, such as artichokes, asparagus, bananas, berries, tomatoes, garlic, onions, legumes, green vegetables and wholegrain cereals.
3 FIX YOUR PSYCHOBIOLOGY - Focus on Your Mindset
We MUST also assess how our mental health affects our physical health and energy levels. Did you know your thoughts can trigger inflammation in the body and vice versa? In our culture, the attention to the mind has been lost. Hence the sharp rise in burnout anxiety and fatigue. Focus on positive energy, which means surrounding yourself with people who bring you up. My motto has always been, ‘If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it’.
Ultimately, you want to manage your energy– both mentally or physically. Don’t focus on activities or thoughts that don’t make you feel good. Rather, save it for moments that’ll make you feel even more energized, such as connecting with a friend or relative, walking outside, a workout, or a hobby that you love doing. You’ll be surprised how fatigue and burnout fade when you feel good mentally.
For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Shah @fastingmd or purchase I’m So Effing Tired here, on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold.