Have you ever asked yourself a question: why do i feel tired all the time? Most likely you already know the reasons but feel reluctant to make any changes. If you do not have a clue or need a push to do the right thing, here you go! Be patient and read on.
Reasons can be many and it is up to you do detect yours. But before you even start reading and planning any changes, you have to do one important thing. Slow down. Most likely you are constantly in a rush and feel overwhelmed with job, co-workers, kids, relationship, friends, shopping, eating and watching lots of TV or spending too much time online. You are rushing because it is impossible to fit all your activities and responsibilities in 24/7. Slowing down, catching your breath and starting loving yourself and paying attention to yourself is the foundation for what I’m going to advise next.
The possible and most obvious reasons are:
1. Watching too much TV or spending too much time surfing the Internet. The TV and computer (or tablet or smart phone) are zombie machines that suck out our energy, time, and independence, turning us into a hypnotized rabbit (or chicken). Get rid of the TV altogether. Spend few hours less with your laptop/tablet/phone. And if you think of what to do in these few vacant hours, then the answer is: nothing. Don’t do anything. Just hang out, relax, sit in your comfortable chair and space out, think random thoughts, meditate, but better don’t do anything at all and do not concentrate on anything. The truth is: you do not have to be busy all the time. It is a wrong, wrong concept. No need to occupy your attention with useless things. Yes, we are programmed to be busy and occupy our mind all the time, and if we feel exhausted, then we just watch TV or listen to music, but all this is not the right way to do and to be. The culture and the stereotype are wrong and must be adjusted. Take this cultural stereotypical burden off your brain, saturate your brain with oxygen and do-nothing-time and let it be the way Mother Nature created it.
2. Eating habits can also contribute to tiredness. Do you tend to overeat or eat right before sleep thus forcing your body to work hard all night long digesting the late meal? If you feel heat and heaviness in the stomach and thinking of going to a diet, it can be the very reason.
3. Wrong diet. Any diet is wrong because it deprives us of certain foods. All diets and fast weight shedding programs are a huge stress for the body and can provoke serious illnesses. Most likely you are already eating wrong foods. Are you eating food that is high in calories and low in nutrients? Do you prefer carbohydrates like bread, cakes, cookies, bagels, croissants, candy and such? Open your fridge and see what’s in there. Fruits and vegetables, herbs, milk, eggs and fish or prepackaged food like pizza, sausages (with ketchup and mayo!), dumplings, patties and other microwave-able crap? By now you know what is healthy and what is not, and if you don’t know, watch the film HUNGRY FOR CHANGE (2012) a.s.a.p. Throw out all the bad food, soft drinks, and the microwave too!
Learn to eat fresh whole foods without additives and preservatives and do some small cooking every day. If cooking at home is not an option, choose a good restaurant or salad bar where you can get salads and fish. I love salad bars, when i see all the options during lunch time, i stuff my box with salads, artichokes, and salmon first. Find the nearest Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or farmers market and shop exclusively there. Do not be afraid of buying green leafy stuff like kale, arugula, and spinach. And do not forget to drink plenty of water!
4. Lack of exercise. You need to spend 2 hours walking outside every day. 14 hours a week. Indoor exercise is better than nothing, but try taking your butt outside for couple hours every day. Do some light jogging, walking, but don’t spend previous outdoor time seating on a bench munching on a bagel.
5. Meditation and breathing technic can help revive your energy. Watch your breaths, count them, and try to release all negativity while doing it. Concentrate on healing your body. Use your stomach as a pump. Do not start a breath in the diaphragm area, it has to start from the stomach and aerate whole of the body. Your blood gets more air and lack of oxygen may well be the reason you feel tired. Walking and exercise serve same purpose of getting more oxygen into your brain, lungs and blood.
6. Not so obvious reason, but your bed can be in a wrong place and you are not getting enough of good sleep at night. To ensure good night sleep, remove large mirrors, TV, computer and exercise equipment from you bedroom. If you sleep with you feet or head facing the door, move your bed to a side, because it is known as the coffin or corpse position in Feng Shui. Do not sleep under the exposed beams, they symbolically cut body or the bed in halves and create sense of pressure. Ventilate your bedroom often. Keep all doors closed: the main door, bathroom and balcony doors. energy coming from the bathroom is very disturbing. if your bathroom opens inside your bedroom, place a mirror on the door inside the bathroom to prevent energy from rushing in. Read more about bedroom Feng Shui and the right place for you bed HERE.
7. You are being attacked by energy vampires. A annoying co-worker, a nasty boss, somebody who persistently interacts with you when you do not want to be interacted with, somebody who makes you feeling suffocated, sends you in a defense mode, or simply gets on your nerves, can be a vampire. If you catch yourself thinking about someone unpleasant,who hurt you or oppressed in any way, be sure: the moment you think about him, your energy starts leaking in the wrong direction. Protect yourself from negative people and negative thoughts. I will talk about protecting ourselves from energy vampires very soon, but read about fighting negativity and turning negative into positive HERE.
8. Hormonal dis-balance. Are we getting adrenaline instead of melatonin? Do some drugs mess our hormones up? Or people make us anxious to the degree when our adrenaline raises? Or may be it is milk from cows treated with growth hormone? Or generically modified foods that change our hormonal balance and compromise our immune system? In this case watch what you eat even harder: choose not only veggies and fruits, but organic, non GMO, farmers produce. The fun part is that GMO is a relatively new invention and proper life long studies are not available to verify its long-term effects on us, the suffering human beings. However, eating organic and farmers foods make even PMS much lighter. One thing that you have to avoid for the rest of your life is… sugar. White refined or any sugar at all that can be found in white refined flour, white rice, sushi, cakes, cookies, candies, chemical drinks such as “juice”, bread, yogurt, milk, etc. Another thing to avoid is high fructose corn syrup that can be found in all prepackaged foods and sodas.
9. Time management and lack of sleep. If the position of you bed does not bother you, but you still feel tired, it means you need more shuteye hours. Try going to sleep right after the sunset. Fading sun light makes your brain to produce melatonin – the hormone responsible for sleep. Before humanity invented electrify, going to sleep after sunset was not a problem. Every evening, melatonin would surge and we would collapse in sweet dream. However, with the invention of the electric light bulb, our routine changed for worst. As soon as melatonin starts raising at the sunset, we turn on electricity and excite ourselves. Messing up with our bodies and our nature can lead to lots of serious illnesses, and even to cancer. Try to go to bed before the midnight. Hours of sleep before the midnight bring more health and rest to the body. Sound sleep is considered 6-7-8 hours.
10. Taking medications. I am totally and fully against any drugs. I’ll better be sick for 2 weeks eating chia and flax seeds, kale, radish with honey, and drinking tea with ginger and lemon, than taking quick fixes like Advil or Tylenol and recovering in 2-3 days. If you belief in drugs because your doctor says so, do the research on he drug you are taking and ask for some light less harmful natural substitute. Some progressive doctors will reveal you a secret of some natural stuff, even homeopathic, you can use as a substitute.
11. You may suffer anemia or iron deficiency, but again there is no need to go to a doctor’s office. Eat more of green apples, green leafy plants, barley, buckwheat, carrots (drink apple and carrot juices!), pomegranate, broccoli and cauliflower. Start researching about food high in vitamins and omega fats such as wild salmon, chia seeds and avocado. Pregnancy is another reason of fatigue, however, in this case it is not chronic.
12. Detoxify and boost your immune system with ginger, garlic, oranges and grapefruits, green tea and juices. Cleanse your intestines with gooey plants like okra, flax seed, chia seed (mix them with warm water first), aloe vera and fish oil. They will help you to get rid of leftovers in your intestines, that have been there for months accumulating toxins. Freshly squeezed juices are also great detoxifiers, but avoid juices from shelves, they contain chemicals such as artificial coloring, flavoring and sugar or hight fructose corn syrup. Include fresh juices every day but drink no more than cup a day especially in the beginning. Juices are very high in acid. If you are not used to juices, your stomach can have a strong reaction to the raising level of acidity.
13. There is one more reason that can make you very very tired and it is being part of the system. The reason number 13. Charles Bukowski expressed it in the nicest way possible: “How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?” This plague can also be cured by moving out of town, eating natural foods and enjoying your life to the fullest! And yes, we are not meant to work 9-5 in an AC’ed room, sitting stif in a plastic chair, staring into the monitor, and unconsciously eating junk.
Whatever your reasons are (I hope, you could find them here), if you feel tired, you do need to change your habits. Human body has simple needs. Most of our problems are caused by bad food (lack of nutrients) and wrong lifestyle (lack of sleep, exercise and oxygen). Tune up and stay healthy! Follow my blog for more health, relationship, spirituality and Feng Shui related articles.