Building energy with Qigong and its therapeutic benefits for adrenal and chronic fatigue

When we are well and healthy, we take many things for granted including our level of energy. It is not the case though when the fatigue is so extreme that you are aware of the slightest fluctuations in the energy level, or when the energy is so low that you can barely function.

But how does fatigue accumulate in the body to the extent that the body loses its natural ability to recover through rest and sleep? Here is an explanation from the point of view of Chinese medicine about the way our body builds, stores and uses energy, and about the factors that lead and contribute to fatigue (a summary of the conversation with Asis Vendrell):

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How to rest when you are constantly tired – relaxation techniques for chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and burnout

When you are dealing with adrenal and chronic fatigue, one of the elements that is absolutely essential for healing and building your energy is DEEP REST. The question is, however, how do you rest when you are chronically tired or exhausted?

As with exercising, there’s not just one solution, but rather several options. And sometimes, it’s about combining several techniques that work specifically for you.

Here, I won’t be discussing any treatments, but will share a number of self-help tools that you can use on your own.

Our mind-body connection is quite complex, but it can be summarised in one simple phrase: “where the mind goes the body follows”, although I believe that the opposite is equally true.

That is why it is important to relax BOTH the mind and the body so that you can experience a greater and deeper rest.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Breathe! to calm down – breathing exercises for shallow breathing and fatigue

Breathing exercises to stop shallow breathing for chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue and burnout

Let’s talk about breathing. We never had to learn how to breathe. We always knew exactly how to do it from the very moment we were born and never had to question it. Until we grew up. We often hear the reminders from doctors, movement coaches, meditation facilitators: “Breathe deeply”, “Don’t forget to breathe”, “Don’t hold your breath”.

What happened to our breathing pattern?

As a reaction to our environment and daily stress, we develop something called shallow or chest breathing. During shallow breathing, we draw a minimum amount of air into the lungs through the chest without fully engaging the diaphragm. This type of breathing is very common in everyone who is under pressure or stress, but it can develop into a habit that leads to further tension and anxiety creating a vicious circle when our sympathetic nervous system is aroused and the ‘fight or flight’ response is activated.

In people with adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, symptoms, such as lack of energy, mental fog, dizziness, irritability and stiffened muscles are closely linked to shallow breathing (you can read more about it here).

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