“I feel exhausted” is a common complaint from my patients. We have busy lives that require multitasking and multi-thinking. That kind of high energy mind revving can contribute to symptoms of exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed. The solution for that is obvious if not readily available - pare down the to-do list. Think in 7- second segments of time to stay in the “now”. Engage in what I call the “3 Ms” - Mindfulness, Meditation and Meandering. You probably don’t know much about the last one. I made it up. It’s OK. It’s allowed. That’s the spirit of Meandering - engaging in non-goal oriented activities just for the pleasure. Color, roll on the floor with the cat or yourself, stare out the window at something that gives you relief, make-up words or concepts. Invite in some kind of creative process to nourish and soften your brain
If your exhaustion starts to feel more like dragging an anchor around during the day, you wake each morning feeling un-restored from more than 7 hours of sleep, or you feel like you are thinking your way through pea soup you may also have a biochemical issue. These symptoms are more consistent with the diagnosis of fatigue or “brain fog”. They may arise from thyroid hypo function, autoimmune disease, adrenal exhaustion, lyme disease or anemia as well as a long list of other culprits. Pretty much every malady you can think of can give you fatigue. You’ll want to see a medical provider well-versed in these subjects for a proper work-up.
Here are some suggestions:
First get some high quality non-iodized sea salt (I like Real Salt from Whole Foods - any pure brand will do). Take a solid pinch and put it under your tongue. Repeat 3x in one hour. Feel better? If yes, your issue is low electrolytes probably from adrenal stress.
If that didn’t help, then get the purest water you can afford. Vapor distilled or reverse osmosis with re-mineralization (Smart Water is a good brand) is ideal. Now drink 12 ounces with the juice of half an organic lemon when you wake up. Drink the remainder of half your body weight in ounces over the course of the day. Your tinkle should be light yellow to clear if you’re drinking enough. Any better? It’s amazing the effect dehydration can have.
Didn’t do anything? How about trying one week avoiding all dairy and gluten? (come on you can do anything for one week). It can take significantly longer to eliminate the toxins associated with wheat in particular but I didn’t think you’d go for the whole 6-month elimination diet. In one week you should be able to get over the withdrawal symptoms and start to see if you’re barking up the right gluten-free tree and determine whether a longer, more thorough cleanse is right for you.