5 Ways to Avoid Feeling the �Burned Out Blues�
by Nicole Bandes
It doesn't matter if you are
a corporate exec, employee, WAHM or a SAHM because we all
have times in our lives when we just feel physically "burned
out". Some of us feel that way so often that we begin to
think it is normal.
The good news: it
isn't. Not only is it not normal, but it can be
successfully handled. Here are some suggestions on how to
beat the "burned out blues":
Determine how much sleep your body really needs, by giving
yourself 15 extra minutes of sleep a night until you don't
feel as groggy during the day. Once you have determined the
amount you need, stick to it.
Go to bed and get up at the
same time, even on the weekends. When you get
adequate sleep, you don't constantly feel fatigued.
Think you don't have time to
exercise? You don't have time not to. Challenge yourself
to walk at least 30 minutes, 4 out of 7 days, for two weeks.
At the end of those two weeks, you'll be getting more
accomplished than when you didn't exercise.
Exercise makes you feel more
alert and alive, allowing you to get more done in less time.
So go ahead, exercise! Time isn't an excuse any more.
3. Eat less processed carbohydrates
When you eat enough protein
throughout the day, starting with breakfast, your blood
sugar doesn't spike and dip like it does when you eat mostly
breads, rice and carbohydrate junk food. Without the blood
sugar ups and downs, you won't get as fatigued during the
Protein should accompany
every meal. If you need a great afternoon pick me up, try
an apple with peanut butter.
4. NO MORE CAFFEINE!
I can't stress this enough,
caffeine is a viscous cycle. You drink it to get more
energy, and it gets the energy by putting a strain on your
adrenal glands. You feel tired because your adrenals are
worn out, so you drink more caffeine.
5. Support your adrenals
Your adrenal glands
support your stress responses. When you experience stress,
whether physical or emotional, your adrenal glands produce
hormones to combat the changes your body experiences during
these times of stress.
When you're under stress for
extended periods of time, your adrenals can't continue to
produce the hormones at the same pace and begin to shut
down, thus causing more physical "burn out".
There are many good herbal
sources for the adrenals. Find a company that promotes the
quality of their products and produces formulations focusing
on adrenal support.
You don't have to constantly feel fatigued. You can feel
more alive and refreshed when you wake up, and more
energized through out the day. Make a few simple lifestyle
changes and you will see a much happier, more productive
About the Author:
Nicole Bandes is a trained Herb Specialist, Star manager
with Nature's Sunshine Products and, most importantly, a
Mom. She practices what she preaches and is a walking
testimony to the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
She owns and operates Naturally Herbs at