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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When it comes to inability to rest while being wired and exhausted at the same time, there are few practices that can be as effective as Yoga Nidra. This form of meditation guides you into a state of complete relaxation – a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, that can aid hugely for those of you with chronic and adrenal fatigue struggling with insomnia and disturbed sleeping pattern.
Cat Boal, a wonderful yoga teacher based in the South of Spain, who recorded this Yoga Nidra meditation specially for Back to the Body project, talks about her understanding of this practice and its benefits for people struggling with fatigue.
You can find the audio recording of Yoga Nidra at the end of this post.
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Mindfulness, as a practice of maintaining awareness of thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment and accepting whatever is being experienced without judgement, has gained an increased popularity in the past decades. It’s been used in many different fields and has also proven itself being effective when addressing issues such as burnout, exhaustion, depletion, and fatigue. According to ebmedicine.net, “burnout can be prevented, treated, and even reversed with mindfulness training.”
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Body-mind, as the word suggests, refers to the unity of mind and body, as opposed to its duality: the mind (including thoughts and emotions) reflects itself physically – the body stores our emotions and thoughts, and vice versa – our physical state affects our mind and emotions.
You may ask why is it important? What it has to do with burnout and fatigue?
We all know that one of the main causes of burnout is prolonged exposure to stress that the body can no longer cope with, which then leads to chronically low energy. This is when we lose touch with the sensations in the body and the warnings that it sends us when the first signs of exhaustion occur.
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