Why Am I So Tired?
Chronic fatigue is a growing problem among American women. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million Americans suffer from diagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome… and that doesn’t even count the millions more who simply accept fatigue as a normal part of day-to-day life. But here’s what you need to know: Feeling tired all the time is absolutely not normal, and there are scientifically proven ways to rebuild your energy levels.
What Causes Fatigue?
Aside from serious diagnosable disorders, fatigue is usually caused by lifestyle factors. The trickiest factor of all is stress. Chronic stress, which often results from busy work schedules, parenting, social responsibilities and financial worry (in other words, modern life), can deplete your adrenal glands, which become accustomed to producing fight-or-flight hormones like cortisol on a constant basis.
How the Transcendental Meditation Technique Can Help
The Transcendental Meditation technique only takes about 20 minutes, and can be practiced twice a day in the comfort of your own home. You can simply practice the TM® technique at the start of the day and sometime in the afternoon or early evening before dinner.
When you sit down to practice the TM technique, your mind and body both naturally and effortlessly slip into a state of rest and comfort. And it’s not only TM’s relaxing nature that makes it good for your stress levels: A study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that the TM technique can actually reduce cortisol levels, helping to improve adrenal function. Plus, the Transcendental Meditation practice has been shown to decrease heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.
In addition to practicing the TM technique, you can also make a few other changes that will help boost your energy levels over time. Obviously, it’s vital to get enough sleep every night. Follow a soothing nighttime routine and make it a goal to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Exercising during the day can help. Eating a healthy diet that’s low in refined sugars is a big help, as your body needs to produce insulin in order to process sugars and carbohydrates. Balanced blood sugar and insulin levels are absolutely vital for a normal energy response, and imbalances can cause energy crashes and fatigue.
And finally, the same goes for caffeine. Your body produces cortisol when you consume caffeine, which is one of the reasons why you become so energized after having a cup of coffee. However, if you suffer from fatigue or adrenal dysfunction, it’s possible that this reaction has gone haywire. Cut the caffeine, or at least greatly reduce your intake, until your hormones and energy levels are back in balance.
Please note this is not a medical opinion or a substitute for medical advice of a physician or trained health professional. You should consult a physician in all matters relating to your health.