What Is Chronic Fatigue?
I would like to share about chronic fatigue. It is a new term that says your stress hormones are overused. And, I help people who have developed chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and lethargy. At Wisdom Within Counseling in Niantic, Connecticut, I get the source of depression, often chronic fatigue.
As a result of mental health issues, increases in depression, and the American go-go-go lifestyle, I hear mentions of chronic fatigue. People feel way “too” tired and overstressed. And, chronic fatigue mostly impacts those who live and/or work in industrialized cities. Further, rather than seeing the big liftstyle picture and whole person, depression is treated often only with medication. Now, a global epidemic, chronic fatigue syndrome is curable and preventable. However, it means pausing, relaxing, and slowing down the mind.
How Is Tiredness Different Than Chronic Fatigue?
First, chronic fatigue differs from tiredness. So, tiredness is an alert signal that we need to rest and get sleep. Due to chronic fatigue, the whole body, mind, and spirit are drained of all energy long term. So, feeling stressed all the time is not good.
How Does Chronic Fatigue Happen?
When stressing out, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones. And, when your stress hormones are released, a short-term job is ideal. So, hundreds of years ago, when a person was chased by a lion, their body released these same stress chemicals to survive. Moreover, they could run faster, jump higher, and survive being chase by a lion. Then, their body would stop releasing them after danger passed. Now, when you read your work email and feel stressed, your body releases these stress hormones. All stress is the same to your body. Therefore, be selective of how much you fill your plate and schedule for yourself!
How Does Stress Impact Mental Health?
However, working a lot unfortunately encourages an overstressed life. I have become aware that in our go-go-go lifestyle in America, does not teach relaxation skills. I would love to help you train your mind, body, and spirit to relax. So, adrenaline is released all day causing chronic adrenal fatigue. Read more about DBT skills to process your stress, here.
Depression Therapy East Lyme, CT: How Do Hormones Work?
First, your body makes sex hormones that increase your libido and help you relax. On the other hand, deemed unnecessary in dangerous situations, your stress hormones that make you alert also decrease your libido/sex drive. Often, when you have chronic fatigue and depressing thoughts, you have no/low sex drive for this reason. Basically, your body is saying, “I am done. I can’t do it anymore.” Undoubtedly, when your adrenaline is overused, you develop chronic tiredness, depression, pain, and mood swings.
And, How Do You Get Over Chronic Fatigue?
First, your step is to begin seeing a naturopath who can provide you with hormone testing. I help people who are sick and tired of stressing out through holistic, integrative therapies. Next, your naturopath and Wisdom Within Counseling’s owner, Katie Ziskind LMFT, of East Lyme will communicate together. Depression therapy in East Lyme, Connecticut is integrative and holistic meaning medication is a last resort. And, working with a naturopath and therapist, your depression and stress can be healed through holistic, integrative approaches. Therefore, chronic fatigue, often the source of depression, is when you feel tired all day, for many weeks. If you drink multiple coffees per day, have poor nutrition, eat processed food, and aren’t getting enough sleep, you will naturally be more prone to chronic fatigue.
Nutritional Guidance at Wisdom Within Counseling
Subsequently, proper nutrition is an important an essential part feeling better and depression therapy in East Lyme, Connecticut. Likewise, nutrition is a big part of any chronic fatigue treatment at Wisdom Within Counseling in Niantic, Connecticut. Ultimately, in order to understand the source of your depression, stress, and anxiety, Wisdom Within Counseling asks you about your nutrition. Read more about nutrition support at Wisdom Within Counseling with Katie Ziskind, here.
What Should I Eat To Overcome Chronic Fatigue and Depression?
So, depression therapy in East Lyme will include a nutrition education portion. When your body is fed organic, whole, fresh foods, your depression can go away. And, food is your most intimate relationship. Therefore, foods such as fresh, juicy fruits, leafy greens, colorful vegetables, high-quality fats, and protein are so healing for your gut lining. Now, with knowledge about nutrition and depression, you’ll be picking organic foods that are preservatives and pesticides! In conclusion, foods with processed gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sugar. Finally, fake sugar, artificial sweeteners, food dye, and preservatives will make depression, anxiety, mood swings, chronic tiredness, stress, and chronic fatigue much worse.
Lastly, there is hope. Now, chronic fatigue is reversible. In conclusion, chronic fatigue is also preventable through healthy, holistic lifestyle choices! So, depression therapy in Connecticut at Wisdom Within Counseling looks at you as a whole person in mind, body, and spirit.