While coffee can work wonders, there are so many holistic methods for kicking your fatigue to the curb and gaining the energy to tackle your day that won’t give you anxiety, a racing heart or raunchy breath (coffee—we’re looking at you). If you feel like that afternoon slump is bogging you down throughout your day and you’ve already been checked out by the doc, you may want to try one of these natural remedies for fatigue.
Make sure your bedroom is a haven for sleep
Sometimes, the only reason you may be feeling fatigued is poor sleep quality. Up your slumber game by making sure your bedroom is pitch black—covering up any digital light from alarm clocks or TVs—and find a mattress that suits your body type. You may also want to set a cut off for screen time, and avoid doing any heavy workouts right before bed.
Use essential oils
Certain natural fragrances can help lessen the impact of chronic fatigue by stimulating the senses and balancing hormones. Try adding a few drops of basil, eucalyptus or peppermint oil to your diffuser to feel more energized and invigorated while working at your desk or practicing yoga at home.
Instead of crashing and burning with too much coffee, try sipping on some matcha: a much more holistic beverage with a host of wellness perks. Matcha is essentially ground green tea leaves, which means you reap the full benefits of the leaf instead of losing them to boiled water. Try some matcha tea or add the powder to your smoothies to feel calm yet energized, all while soaking up a ton of nourishing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Invest in a rebounder
Rebounding, also known as trampolining, is an easy and accessible form of exercise that can promote lymphatic drainage, increase blood and oxygen flow, and decrease fatigue. Not only is it low-impact and therefore, easy on the joints, but it can also be done anywhere from your bedroom to the office.
Take vitamins and supplements
Studies have shown that vitamin B12 can help increase energy and stamina levels. Try taking a daily or weekly B12 supplement and eat more B12-rich foods like fish, eggs, or tofu. Other vitamins and supplements that may help with fatigue include vitamin C and Magnesium, which is essential for your muscles, bones and adrenal glands, and can have a positive impact on your emotions if you also suffer from stress.
Purchase a standing desk
Studies have shown that moving more throughout the day can increase energy levels and fight fatigue. Try using a standing desk at work to keep your blood flowing during the day, or if that’s not an option, go for a short walk every hour or so to wake up your system and banish those afternoon yawns.
Although it may sound like a kids’ art class, colour therapy is a real thing, and it may help you kick your fatigue to the curb. In a typical colour therapy session, the therapist will shine coloured lights on certain areas of your body for healing, but you don’t need to book a session to start using colour therapy in your daily life today. If you suffer from fatigue, try incorporating more colours like red or orange into your clothes, work space and home décor.
Focus on food
Too much or too little of a certain food can really make or break your energy levels. If you’re feeling fatigued, visit a nutritionist or do your own research to find out if your diet is the culprit: you could be eating too many simple carbs like pizza and donuts, or you could be skimping on iron-rich foods like meat, nuts and whole grains.
Try a yoga inversion
Whether it’s through legs up the wall, a supported bridge pose or sirsasana (headstand), inversions in yoga come with a host of health benefits from increased blood flow to the removal of toxins. Along with reducing the effects of anxiety and depression, inversions can help decrease fatigue by promoting healthy endocrine function.
Get more sleep
Sometimes, the cause of fatigue is obvious: a lack of adequate sleep. If you’ve improved your sleeping conditions and you’re still fatigued, you may simply be lacking in hours due to a hectic work schedule or trying to jam-pack too many activities into your day. Try hitting the hay earlier to hit your Circadian rhythms, and if you can, don’t hesitate to take a catnap during the day to fight fatigue.
Fight Fatigue With These Natural Methods
While coffee can work wonders, there are so many holistic methods for kicking your fatigue to the curb and gaining the energy to tackle your day that won’t give you anxiety, a racing heart or raunchy breath (coffee—we’re looking at you). If you feel like that afternoon slump is bogging you down throughout your day … Continued