I'm trying to find an article that will explain to me in simple terms how one would know physically and mentally when they are becoming fatigued.
Let’s start by saying this: If you are intuitively wondering if you are physically and mentally fatigued, at some level you are fatigued. I would say that out of all the clients I see, about 100% of them show signs of fatigue. There are many factors that can contribute to this, but the main culprit is stress. Stress has many faces, and that can be the tough thing for people to understand. Stress can relate to family, relationships and your job. It can be physical, electromagnetic, chemical, nutritional, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental.
One important point that I need to discuss in regarding stress is your adrenal glands. These two tiny endocrine glands sit on top of each kidney and are related to the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). They are constantly being facilitated. When we are waking each morning, our eyes are stimulated by light or under times of stress (fight or flight). They release what are called glucocorticoids, cortisol being one of them. So, when you wake up in the morning, your cortisol levels start to rise and keep rising until about noon. Then they start to taper slowly downward until the adrenals stop producing this hormone around 6pm. This is when your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, releasing hormones for rest and repair. This is our natural hormonal cycle, or it should be. So many people in society are constantly stressed by all the stressors I mentioned above. On top of that, they exacerbate the situations with coffee, sugar, processed foods, pasteurized milk, alcohol, over the counter/Rx meds, altered sleep/wake cycles and not enough water. Like I said above, your adrenals work under stressful situations as well. If they have to keep releasing cortisol to keep up with all the stress, eventually they become empty and drained. This is what you call adrenal fatigue. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are very simple: trouble waking up in the morning, tired midday with a jolt of energy around 6pm, difficulty falling asleep, poor memory and concentration. There are many ways to test for this, but using Biohealth Diagnostics (www.biodia.com) salvia test is the easiest way. You would have to find a C.H.E.K NLC 2 or 3 in your area to read the results for you. Other precautions such as making sure you drink half your body weight in water per day, get to bet by 10pm and get up no earlier than 6am, eliminate all sugar, caffeine, processed foods and pasteurized milk from your diet, perform daily meditation exercises and thinking right will assist in cooling off your adrenals.
Physical stress can be anything from sitting, standing and moving with poor posture. It can also be exercising using improper technique, equipment, improper exercise selection/variables and over exercising. Any of these will create too much stress to the musculoskeletal system, organs and respiratory system. Having dysfunction in any other these systems can manifest itself as:
- inverted breathing pattern, causing trigger points in your accessory muscles
- difficult breathing
- joint pain/arthritis
- muscle imbalances
- hormonal imbalances
- decreased immune system
- much, much more!
The bottom line is that most of society does have poor posture. Learning about posture in this world today is a simple thing to do. You can find it in almost any book or anywhere on the internet. Buying Muscles: Testing and Function by Florence Kendall is a great starting point. If you or any of your clients have poor posture, over exercise and/or have poor exercise technique, you are creating stress within the body. As you learned above, this is one stress that can cause your adrenals to become overworked and fatigued. It can also create a myriad of musculoskeletal and visceral dysfunction.
Mental stress is a common problem in society today. As humans, we beat ourselves up with our thoughts. However, there is one big problem with this. Our physical body is a manifestation of our thoughts. It is very simple to understand by following the law of cause and effect. Everything in life and everything that happens to us has a specific cause. It's how you react to it that will determine the effect it has on your life. Let's say you have a client coming in and you start to think in your head, “I hate this client because he irritates me.” Or “I am so tired right now, all I want to do is sleep.” Well, guess how your words and actions are going to be during that session with your client? I think you can figure it out. If you begin a situation or the day for that matter with positive thinking and not “stinkin thinking,” then the effect of that will be a happy, productive, efficient and healthy day. Your mind, body and soul will be able to work the way you want them to.
Most of society today tends to live life according to others and in fear of what others think. Start to take control of your thoughts today and make the right decisions because most of the time these decisions effect your life, not the lives of others. By eating, drinking, sleeping, moving and thinking right, you can combat your physical and mental fatigue. Also, incorporating parasympathetic (meditation) exercises into your daily routine will not only assist you in controlling your thoughts, but it is another very effective way of relaxing the physical and mental body. Symptoms of mental fatigue are:
- Poor attention span
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory
- Decreased motivation
- Stinkin Thinking
At this point, hopefully I have helped you to discover whether or not you are physically or mentally fatigued. Begin by purchasing How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! by Paul Chek (read Chapter 1 here )and that will give you a great platform to start from.