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13 Treatment Options for Fatigue

There are many reasons why we experience fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

Whether the reason is physiological or psychological, we can all benefit from some help to identify and resolve the underlying issues.

Physiological Issues

The first step might be to investigate any physiological issues.

Family doctors and Western medicine. Your family physician can order various tests to rule out certain diseases and to identify nutritional deficiencies such as Vit D or B12 deficiency and anaemia (low iron). They also have access to pharmaceuticals which can address symptoms and bring relief. They are not always able to get to the cause of your fatigue but can help to alleviate it.

Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. These doctors work with your family doctor. They look deeper, at root causes of ill health, and address issues such as lifestyle, diet, hormone imbalance, insomnia, allergies, celiac disease and digestive health. They use natural healing methods including diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal remedies.

Emotional reasons for fatigue

Once physiological causes have been dealt with or ruled out, you may wish to consider psychological causes for your fatigue. Whether it is from past traumas, genetic memories from previous generations or current stresses in your life, we all need some help to release these.

Some modalities to consider are as follows:

Counselling and psychotherapy can approach these emotions from the conscious mind. Make sure to choose someone that you are completely comfortable with, and has suitably experience in your type of issue.

Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind. During a session, you collaborate to access the subconscious, let go of the restrictions and limitations provided by the conscious mind, and bring about the release and shift of those trapped emotions. The majority of people will remain aware of their surroundings to some degree.

CranioSacral therapy accesses these traumas and emotions from the body level. A good CS therapist will sense the shock and trauma resonating in your body even after your conscious mind thinks it has been resolved. They work extremely gently, facilitating the release of these emotions and bringing the body back into balance.

Reiki, Chakra balancing and energy healing all work with your body’s energy to rebalance, release trapped emotions, bring calm and profound relaxation. During a healing session the body enters a parasympathetic state, also called the rest and digest state, which is responsible for long-term health, improved digestion, conservation of energy, and maintenance of a healthy balance in your body’s systems

Physical Treatments

Misalignment and imbalance in your body will upset the correct functioning of many of the body’s systems.

Chiropractic, Massage and Osteopathy all work with the physical body including the muscles, ligaments, spine, joints and organs, releasing these tensions and bringing balance to your structure. Working on your physical body will allow your body to work in the most optimal way and healing to take place.

These therapies also address physical pain. Relief from chronic pain can go a long way towards improving energy levels.

Acupuncture is one modality that can help both physiological and emotional issues. It is an ancient method that rebalances the body, allowing the correct function of all your body’s symptoms and healing to take place. It can be used initially for symptom relief and longer term to bring lasting healing.

Support energy production at the cellular level

1. Vitamin B12: produce energy

Vitamin B12 is responsible for forming red blood cells, which transport oxygen in the blood throughout the body. Once the oxygen arrives to your body’s cells, it is utilized for energy production. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in neurological function. According to guidance published by the National Institute of Health in 2016, if you don’t consume enough vitamin B12 in your diet, you will be at a greater risk of fatigue, weakness, or weight loss.

2. Coenzyme Q10: energy production

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10) is an antioxidant necessary for proper cell function, found in every cell of the body. Your cells need CoQ10 to produce energy, and research shows that it benefits patients with cardiovascular disease.

3. Magnesium promotes better sleep

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, required for more than 300 different biochemical reactions, including muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and energy production. It is commonly found in foods like fish, almonds, and whole grains, and is an excellent source of energy.

4. Optimize cell function with iron

Iron is an essential mineral that helps oxygen circulate throughout the body. It is also necessary for the body’s cell to function and develop properly. Iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia, which can impair cognitive abilities, decrease immunity, and negatively impact work performance.

Ease stress and feel your best with adaptogens

Wondering what adapotgens are? They’re a group of botanical supplements that protect the body against the effects of physical and mental stress . To be considered “adaptogenic,” an herb must be non-toxic, provide widespread physiological support, and help balance the body’s processes.

5. Reduce stress and fatigue with Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola, also known as Rhodiola rosea, is a botanical supplement that has been used in traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Not only will it help you feel more alert and decrease stress, it can also improve your mood, according to clinical research.

Want to know what’s best for you? Book for a free, no obligation introductory health coach session to discuss your needs.


This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Noticing and Savouring the Positive to Help You Get Through Winter

Noticing and Savouring the Positive to Help You Get Through Winter

Most people in Ottawa seem to love summer and enjoy the natural beauty of fall, but there seems to be less enthusiasm for the next season of winter. 

As the days get colder and shorter, we start the small talk of wondering how to get through dreaded winter. It can feel like life gets harder as we have more to contend with because of the weather and darker days.

As a human race, we have evolved to focus on the negative in order to problem-solve and survive, but when we can turn our attention to intentionally notice the good everything can seem more bearable. We can enhance the influence of the positive moments in our lives to build up our resilience for when the negative moments come because life contains both positive and negative moments.

Negative winter moments aren’t always so bad, maybe just more inconvenient, but an accumulation of them can really bring us down.

Noticing what didn’t go wrong

Take, for example, a winter moment like the unexpected blizzard that delays you in traffic and makes you late to meet your friends so that you lose your dinner reservation.

When something like this happens, how many of us will retell the story of how frustrating this was and end up reliving it each time we talk about it?

On the other hand, how many of us will retell or relive the experience of leaving work on time and having nothing keep us from getting where we need to go?

This may seem like a silly question because these kinds of moments don’t make very interesting stories to tell to others and that may be why we usually take them for granted. However, these moments are worth retelling ourselves because when we intentionally look for moments like this and then relive internally how nothing went wrong, it is a way to help us see life more positively.

In this example, recognising the ease with which you were able to leave work and drive to the restaurant to meet your friends will do you good, especially if you can savour the experience as well.

Savouring the positive

Savouring is an exercise where we focus our attention on fully experiencing through our senses.

It can be something we do in a mindful present moment when we notice the good or a way to bring to mind a positive moment from the past.

Savouring the positive starts with you bringing to mind the specifics of what you are experiencing or that you experienced through your senses.

If you are savouring a positive experience from the past you could ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did I see that I enjoyed?
  • What did I hear that was pleasant?
  • What smells and tastes did I notice and like?
  • How did my body feel in the moment?

As you answer each of these questions and notice or replay the scene in your mind’s eye in as much detail as you can, relish the experience and revel in it.

You can learn more about savouring at http://www.thepositivepsychologypeople.com/the-art-of-positive-savouring/.

Anytime and anywhere

Savouring is something you can do anytime including during annoying winter moments like scraping ice off your car, waiting for a bus, or trudging through the snow.

Reliving the positive moments will also help train your brain to notice the positive in the everyday.

Everyday positive moments such as a stranger’s smile, a favourite song on the radio, or a kind word in an email; and before you know it spring will come.

If you find that it is very hard for you to notice anything positive in your life or find that there is nothing you can think of that you have recently enjoyed, you may be suffering from depression. If this is you, please consider setting up a free meet and greet session with me to see if our working together could help.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season with many positive moments to notice and savour! 

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