Fatigue is considered a “disease of our times.” It is one of the most common symptoms we experience. Fatigue is complex and there are many possible contributing factors to consider – dietary, lifestyle, psychological, physiological and societal. My mentor Marc David believes that when it comes to fatigue, “nutritional and biological factors along with emotional and soul factors are profoundly important to consider. By working in these realms, we can create powerful breakthroughs in energy.”
Fatigue is our body wisdom forcing us to stop so we can hear the message it is trying to whisper to us. Instead of fighting it and overriding it with powerful substances such as caffeine, sugar, energy drinks, excess carbs, willpower, ego and electronic stimulation, what if we just experienced it and felt it?
My yoga teacher says, “Experience the experience you are experiencing.” I love that! What if we just experienced our fatigue, welcomed it, listened to it? What would it tell you? What would it be asking of you? Perhaps a life-review, to slow down, or make a change in lifestyle. There is always a soul-learning when it comes to fatigue. How is fatigue asking you to grow and evolve? How is it asking you to find deeper meaning and purpose in your life? These are key questions to explore on your wellness journey.
We are often afraid to slow down and drop into ourselves, but that is exactly what fatigue is asking us to do. If we ignore our symptoms, if we fight fatigue as opposed to welcome it, we often manifest eating and weight challenges. There are no mistakes why we manifest the symptoms we do and fatigue is often our body wisdom asking us to slow down, listen, be present and rest.
Winter is when nature is at its resting season. There is wisdom in following Mother Nature’s lead. This is the perfect time of year to find stillness, to rest and conserve energy. Take the holiday season to rest, reflect, and do a life review. Look back at all that you have accomplished this year and think about all the things that have increased and supported your energy and contemplate all the things that have drained and weakened your energy. Take the energy gainers into 2014 and leave the energy suckers behind.
I do hope you will join me for the final edition of my Seasonal Eating Series and learn about the wisdom and hidden secrets of winter. It is a beautiful session with refreshing perspectives on weight gain, holiday eating and feeling your way through the winter blues. The session will help you to stay balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Of course, one of the greatest ways to increase energy is to celebrate, seek pleasure and joy. I hope this holiday season, along with rest and reflection, you do just that.