4 Strategies for Living Well with Chronic Fatigue
We all know the importance of drinking water, but drinking enough water is hard, am I right?! And apparently, iced coffee totally doesn’t count!! I use my Hidrate Spark 3 smart water bottle to ensure I”m drinking enough water each day. You can track every sip through their free Hidrate App, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy. The soft grip body makes it easy to keep your HidrateSpark in hand while on the go, and it has a handy ring to hold on to as well. Choose from three glow modes and ask it to glow when you misplace it! It’s magical!
I also enjoy adding Hydrant to my water, because the lime flavor is great, plus the benefits are awesome too. Per their site, Hydrant‘s unique ingredient blend allows you to absorb water more efficiently, think of it like a hydrant that sends water quickly and efficiently to your cells.
Hydrant creates effective hydration products developed in-house by an Oxford Biologist. The Optimal Hydration Mix fights the fatigue that 75% of us experience from dehydration every day. Formulated to make water work better, instantly and conveniently, Optimal Hydration Mix keeps you healthy and hydrated.#DrinkHydrant
Eat a Healthy Diet
Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard that one. There’s no shortage of nutritional info and ‘autoimmune protocol’ diets online. Personally, I’ve worked with a nutritionist and found a healthy balance of eating foods that taste good and help me to feel good too. Everyone is different, of course, but for me having healthy prepared meals ready to eat makes a huge difference in my overall energy level. Why? I don’t have to think about what to cook, spend energy preparing and cooking, and I don’t give in to take out or processed foods when I feel too fatigued to make myself food. Spoiler alert, eating crap when I feel like crap never makes me feel any better! I’ve tried a whole lot of meal prep and prepared meal options and Freshly and Daily Harvest are my two favorites.
Each Freshly meal is perfectly sized for 1 person to enjoy. Their fully-prepared meals are delivered fresh, and ready to eat in 3 minutes. It’s also gluten-free, which I didn’t even realize at first, because the pasta is SO good. My favorite meal is probably the buffalo chicken with mashed cauliflower, it tastes like take out but it’s so much healthier. Basically, it’s magic! Get $40 off your first two weeks ($20 off each order for your first two orders) with my link.
Daily Harvest food comes frozen in convenient cups and the menu items are surprisingly diverse. It includes filling smoothies, soups, oat bowls with fruit, harvest bowls, chia parfaits, lattes, and my favorite quick snack the Espresso Bean Bites. The dishes are developed by both a nutritionist and a chef and they use only 100% natural, non-GMO, organic ingredients. Their food is healthy and also super tasty too. Personally, I like to switch back and forth between these two delivery services. You can save $25 on your first Daily Harvest order with code JennaGreen.
Use Your Energy Wisely
Look, we all want successful businesses, clean houses, fab hair, and home-cooked meals, but it’s just not attainable for most people to ‘do it all’, let alone someone with a chronic illness! If you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, as I do, then you know that you never know how much energy you’ll have each day. That makes it even more important to learn to prioritize ruthlessly, which I discussed further in this blog post.
When my body tells me I need to rest, either by giving up completely or giving me the dread cognitive ‘fog’, I have to take a break. Pushing myself or ‘hustling’ harder will NOT work when you have a chronic illness. So the dishes might stay dirty. The house always needs to be cleaned. The meals aren’t gourmet. And, I use way too much dry shampoo. But, those are things that are a part of my new ‘normal‘ and I’ve come to accept them.
Minimize stress? Yeah, right. I know you’re rolling your eyes at me! And that’s ok, because life is freaking stressful. Right?! We cannot control a lot of things in this world, but we can learn to control how we react. Things that would stress me out before, like those constantly dirty dishes I mentioned above, I’ve learned to let go of. I don’t have extra energy to waste stressed out about unimportant things. Of course, I still get stressed, but therapy, meditation, and learning to give myself grace have helped a LOT. Mental health issues, like the depression, and anxiety I have, are common in today’s society. Unfortunately, they’re still sometimes stigmatized. If you need help, medication, or talk therapy, please reach out to someone you trust. Personally, I use and love Talkspace online therapy with a licensed therapist.
There is NO shame in doing what is best for you.
What helps you minimize your fatigue??