When you just can’t get out of bed in the morning – gentle movement for morning fatigue

It’s a horrible feeling when you wake up in the morning feeling so weak that it’s almost impossible to get out of bed and get moving. When the fatigue is so extreme and the weakness so profound that you end up staying in bed all day eventually feeling even more depleted.

Understanding the root cause whatever it may be (i.e. the level of cortisol and blood sugar, disturbed circadian rhythm, imbalance of the nervous system etc.) and addressing it directly is what’s going give you lasting results in the long run.

In this post, however, we won’t focus on the treatment, but on the tools that can assist you along the way.

So while you are dealing with the root cause of your morning fatigue, these simple steps and practices can help you make your mornings more manageable:

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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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Yoga Nidra for restful sleep for people with adrenal and chronic fatigue

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 Techniques for burnout and fatigue

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 awareness exercise for burnout and fatigue

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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