Exhaustion & Burnout: Accepting New Lows?

tired woman with coffee and air horn

tired woman with coffee and air horn

Was your summer restful?  Did you recharge your batteries while soaking up the sun and enjoying time in the great outdoors?  Feeling ready for the change of seasons and change of routine that September brings?

Hopefully your answer to those questions is: Yes!  Bring on Back To School and the Canadian Winter!!  But for some, that might not be the case.

Is it possible that some North Americans find the summer to be more stressful?  That’s what this report claims.

The media often reports on how stressed, burnt out and exhausted we are.  People often admit their busy schedules make them feel tired and run down.  This can happen even during our warmer summer months, and is typically worse in the winter.

Seeking help for fatigue with the medical doctor can be lost in translation because there is often not enough time for this discussion and/or unless there is a treatable concern there isn’t a medication for fatigue.  That being said, many people who are on medication for a treatable concern can still struggle with nagging fatigue.  In addition, many people are found to have normal test results and are otherwise healthy but also fight exhaustion.

It seems that we have come to accept fatigue as a new normal.  Surrendering to it as we continue to take on the go-go-go of our lifestyles.  Is this really how it has to be?  Drag ourselves out of bed, feel that mid-day slump, count on that coffee as a pick me up and then crash at night* (* but chances are many exhausted people don’t sleep well, either).

What do I say to all of this… a loud and resounding: SNAP OUT OF IT EVERYONE!  

Living in an exhausted, fatigue, sleep deprived, hair falling out, burned out state does not have to be your new normal.

Create a state for yourself that includes optimal health.  This is possible for everyone.  If you have a lot to do in your life and want to live life to the fullest, your energy level is a game changer.  There are many factors that can help optimize energy and improve resiliency.

Here are my TOP 5 focal points for fatigue:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Body chemistry (i.e. acidity levels vs alkalinity levels)
  3. Digestive Strength & Nutrient Absorption
  4. Stress Protection
  5. Thyroid/Adrenal Balance  (Note: Did you know that people who have had normal thyroid tests can still need thyroid support?)

Putting these focal points into perspective and determining how they fit into your health picture is something Naturopathic Doctors do everyday with their patients who suffer from ongoing fatigue.  We are a pretty unique group of health care provider who will take on this comprehensive approach to help you.  From there, designing strategies that are a good fit, and providing guidance along the way as people work towards optimal health, is how we help reclaim their best expression of health.

Feeling like you need a boost?  Feel free to email me at drlaura@winhealth.ca for more information about how Naturopathic Medicine in your health care can help.

 

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