How to Prevent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Into a crazy world, our life becomes more and more hectic. We want to do as much as we can, but the days seem to be shorter. We spend countless hours at work and in the vacant hours, we work at home too.
Without rest, without relaxing moments, with no satisfaction, we are always tense. Time is passing and we are becoming more and more tired. What should be done?
In the dictionary, the fatigue is defined as a general weakness due to a physical or an intellectual effort. When this state of severe fatigue is accompanied by certain symptoms (it lasts for 6 months, does not improve after sleep, is accompanied by headaches), it can be said that you have reached the stage of chronic fatigue.
The World Health Organization classifies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a nervous system disorder. Let’s see what we can do and how we can try and avoid this condition.
Most cases of CFS are diagnosed in November-January, when, perhaps, the body is no longer supported by a proper diet with minerals and vitamins.
You always wake up tired, even if you sleep a sufficient number of hours. You have a constant state of confusion and you focus hard. You forget more and more. The headaches bother you almost without interruption. You are depressed almost all the time and you can not relax. And the list goes on…
How to Prevent CFS ?
A CFS prevention plan is a lot better than a treatment plan. It’s always better to prevent something, than to have to treat it. So, here are some strategies to help you prevent it before it strikes.
- Listen to your body and learn to recognize its signs. Pay attention to warning signs that require you to slow down or stop at the first signs of exhaustion.
- Establish your daily activities and limit yourself to the ones you have mentioned in your list.
- Work more when you feel you have energy and less when you’re tired.
- Regardless of the workload, allow yourself one small break every two hours. During this time, think of something else, speak on the phone with a friend, admire a plant, or the fish in your aquarium. Talk to your colleague on other topics than those related to your job… and finally, just relax.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
- Use relaxation therapies like meditation, massage, reflexology, music therapy, or aromatherapy.
- Walk at least 30 minutes per day. This is a good way to relieve stress. Walking will also give you a general feeling of well-being.
- Avoid sugary drinks and energy drinks.Drink no more than 1-2 cups of coffee per day, no more. If possible, no later than four o’clock in the afternoon.
- Respect your meal times, and try to give up fast food altogether. Eat fruits and raw salads daily. They have vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, able to provide you with a proper digestion.
- Keep in mind that the best drink is water. Drink a glass of mineral water if you feel exhausted. This will help you restore some of your body’s vital nutrients.
Prevention is always better than the cure. All you need is a bit of willpower, and some self discipline.