“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” ~ Vince Lombardi
Why Do I Feel This Way?
As the quote above says, we live in stress-filled times, leaving us depleted and cowardly. We live in dynamic and disruptive times, requiring we bring our best to each day to thrive. Fatigue prevents us from showing up as the best version of ourselves.
What is this costing you?
Furthermore, our devices have a choke-hold on us, making us constantly available, always for anyone to reach us. Technology is exponentially advancing, causing a change in aspects of society. It’s simply a lot to keep up with.
If we fail to master our technology, it leads to mental and even physical fatigue.
You aren’t alone if you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and mentally exhausted. In a study by the American Sleep Association, 3 of 5 U.S. adults feel more tired than ever.
What if you could learn a different way to function each day that would help lift you out of fatigue? What if you could learn to operate in such a way that it kept you from falling back into exhaustion?
This article will go over the following to help lift your spirits, improve your energy, and help you stay that way:
- Three Habits To Fight Fatigue
- Treatment Options
- How Tiger Medical Treats Fatigue
Three Habits to Fight Fatigue
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing
Most adults breathe far too shallowly, limiting their potential to oxygenate their brains and bodies with poor breathing practices fully.
When we were infants, we knew how to breathe this way. However, stress and life caused us to change to shallow chest breathing over time.
Learning to practice breathing and engaging your diaphragm will activate the recovery aspect of your autonomic nervous system, which is the branch of your central nervous system that regulates involuntary functions such as respiration, eye dilation, perspiration, etc.
Creating a daily practice of 5 minutes each morning and afternoon and 20 minutes in the evening will lead to a generally more balanced nervous system. You’ll feel more relaxed, better able to concentrate, and more resilient in facing problems.
To learn more about this habit, go here.
2. Sleep Hygiene
A large number of people globally struggle with sleep. The reason is generally poor habits and hygiene.
Sleeping poorly long enough can grow into a full-blown problem that creates second and third-order effects, negatively affecting our well-being.
There are a few essential habits that will improve your sleep. They include the following:
- A set time to go to bed and wake up daily.
- A cool, totally dark bedroom.
- A good quality bed and bedding.
- A 3-hour fast before bedtime.
If these practices are followed and combined with lowering stress through diaphragmatic breathing, your sleep will improve.
A natural sleep aid will also help improve sleep quality.
3. Daily Movement
We are built to move. Our ancestors in prior ages moved far more than we do.
We wake up to modern conveniences, take a car to work, sit at a desk all day, drive home, eat dinner and then sit in front of the couch consuming Hollywood’s never-ending stream of quality content.
Studies have shown that taking a 20-25 minute walk each day has excellent benefits.
If you can sweat a few times each week, it releases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a miracle growth for the brain. Movement releases endorphins, elevates mood, and other important factors that improve your health.
When you combine good stress management practices with movement and good sleep, you’ve set yourself up for a far better daily experience.
These habits will only go so far. Delving deeper into your physiology with a competent medical provider with be of great importance.
The first approach is traditional Western medicine, which you will experience with your primary care physician. This is an excellent place to start.
Your doctor knows you better than anyone medically. You must share this information with your doctor, who will evaluate your health data and provide a suggestion or a referral.
Your primary care physician may refer you to a mental health professional, as common mental health conditions include psychological and physical fatigue symptoms. Ruling this out will likely be part of your primary care doctor’s plan.
A third option is to seek care from a functional medicine physician. This can be done locally or in a specialty clinic like Tiger Medical Institute.
Functional medicine is an approach to medicine that is holistic and root-cause. The goal is to determine the underlying mechanisms driving your fatigue and then a proactive treatment process before a condition turns into a severe problem.
How Does Tiger Medical Treat Burnout?
The process at Tiger Medical always stays the same.
If you work with Tiger Medical staff, you will establish an extensive medical data baseline to establish the truth about your health.
This baseline includes brain imaging, cardiovascular imaging, genetics testing, hormone, blood biomarker, and gut microbiome testing.
From this mosaic of health data, Tiger clinicians connect the dots from all testing and imaging to create a personalized medical treatment plan for you.
Tiger clinicians understand the drivers of cellular health and will work to treat the imbalances limiting your cellular health today.
Upon obtaining relevant medical data and creating a customized treatment plan, you’ll then enter bi-weekly coaching sessions with a health coach in consultation with Tiger doctors to help you implement the treatment plan and eight health habits. Some of these habits will be excellent strategies to mitigate the impact of fatigue.
The root cause of your physical and mental fatigue will be identified in the testing, and a plan to address it successfully will be included in your personalized medical plan and health coaching.
Next Steps For You
If, based on the information you have reviewed here on our website, you feel Tiger is a good fit, then the next best step is to go here to book a call with a Tiger Professional.
In this first call, the entire meeting is about learning your history, struggles, and goals. We want to ensure that you are a good fit for our program and that our Tiger team can help you resolve your challenges.
It’s time to make yourself patient number one and embrace self-care.
The first step in that process is to meet with us to learn how!
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