Fatigue in the 21st century
Are you a victim of over abusing your body? Do you drag yourself into bed at night, and then 5 to 6 hours later, you are dragging your butt out of bed? Why are we in such a hurry to rush our life away? Well, as so many people, I fall in this same category.
The conference in New Mexico that I just attended, “The Traditions in Western Folk Herbalism”, really opened my eyes to many new things. First off…I need to slow down in my life and smell the roses! I need to take time and enjoy my surroundings. I wake up in the mornings and grab a diet coke to help wake my body up. It’s a wonder my body is still working.
In my practice, I see a lot of people who come to me in very slow motion. They are lacking energy, with body aches from head to toes. They have been sent away from their Medical Dr’s with handfuls of prescriptions saying it’s all in their heads, that there is nothing wrong with their health. As I start working with my clients, I investigate their life patterns, and it is obvious that they are suffering from extreme fatigue.
What is fatigue? Fibromyalgia…Chronic Fatigue…Exhaustion…Depression…Exhausted Adrenals… In my personal opinion, it all falls into the same category! We are burning the candle at both ends, and the flame has just burned out! I would like to challenge everyone to go for a walk around your neighborhood. Get some fresh air. Take your dog or your loved one with you. Enjoy your surroundings. Take in the scenery. Stop and literally smell the flowers or bushes along your path. Take off your shoes and go barefooted. Being grounded to the Earth does wonders for the body and soul.
When you get up in the morning, take a hot and cold shower. It helps get the blood flowing and helps strengthen the immune system. Hot and cold water therapy has been used for thousands of years with amazing results. Hippocrates the Father of Natural healing was known for his knowledge of hot and cold water applications. Alternating hot and cold water is a great body balancer. It will give you lots of energy and help you get your morning going. Hot water draws old and tired blood out of the internal organs and helps with circulation and opens up the pores to pull out toxins. Cold water sends fresh blood back to the organs and nourishes the core of the body. You should do a couple of cycles of hot and cold water and the finish up with the warm water. This water therapy alone has been known to help with depression and other life threatening illnesses.
In the evening, take time to unwind and finish up your day with a relaxing cup of herbal tea. I recommend herbs that have a relaxing effect such as: Kava Kava, Chamomile, Passionflower, Skullcap, Peppermint or Spearmint, just to name a few. Sleepy time tea is also a popular one. Give one of them a try and find your favorite. Add honey or Agave Nectar to taste. If you still need a little extra relaxation, try rubbing on some Kava Calm Balm or Kava Calm Lavender Lotion. Rub all over shoulders and neck and or rub on feet. You will feel a calm almost immediately and will truly be able to relax and unwind.