I tend to burn out really quickly. Whether it’s my genes, my hectic job, my problems sleeping, or modern life in general, I’m prone to bouts of stress and fatigue A LOT.
Luckily, there are a handful of lifestyle hacks and simple remedies to help balance cortisol levels and alleviate tiredness naturally. Eating a whole, plant-based diet, cutting down on caffeine, regular yoga or meditation and a good night’s sleep will go a long way to reducing your stress and fatigue.
Apart from those lifestyle tweaks, here are my top five stress and fatigue busters.
01| Eliminate food sensitivities or allergies
Having a food sensitivity is quite the trendy excuse these days to avoid entire food groups. But there is some merit to reducing certain foods. The most common triggers to watch out for are gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and sugar.
If you think you may have a sensitivity, it’s worth eliminating the offending trigger for two to six weeks before gradually re-introducing the food and observing your response.
It might also be worth having a professional food allergy test done, especially if you are fatigued, stressed and anxious or depressed.
When I’m feeling wrung out, a brew of chamomile is my first port of call. Chamomile has calming, anti-sedative and anti-inflammatory properties and is used in the treatment of insomnia, for digestive problems and IBS. I prefer to take mine in tea but it can also be used as an essential oil and added to your regular moisturiser or body lotion. I get all my essential oils from Irish organic brand Atlantic Aromatics.
03| B vitamins
Considered the ‘anti-stress’ nutrients, B vitamins help alleviate stress and combat fatigue. Deficiencies in B vitamins can result in insomnia and depression. Natural sources include dark leafy greens, organic red meat, eggs, almonds, walnuts, sardines, and oats.
If you’re exhausted all the time or have recently had a baby, it’s worth getting your levels tested with your doctor.
04| Eliminate candida
If you suffer from tiredness, depression, anxiety or IBS, a hidden fungus may be making you ill. Candida or yeast overgrowth is such a common problem – and yet conventional medicine tends to overlook it. If you’ve had to take a lot of antibiotics or used topical steroids, you could have developed a candida overgrowth. This can result in many chronic illnesses and symptoms including allergies, inflammation, and digestive symptoms.
I love this article by Dr Mark Hyman on HuffPost which outlines the symptoms of candida overgrowth and simple tips to eliminate it.
I’ve been dabbling in Ayuverda healing lately and supplementing with Ashwagandha. The popular herb is a highly effective adaptogen and is used to strengthen the immune system, improve the body’s resistance to stress and lower cortisol. If you have sleep or anxiety issues, try supplementing with this wonder herb.