So after reading part 1 of my Tired of PCOS series (don’t worry you can read it again here) you’ll have a better understanding of the ways in which PCOS can affect our bodies and zap us of energy. But what can we do about this?
Well, as you’d expect, the first piece of advice would be to try and manage your PCOS symptoms and maintain a regular menstrual cycle through good diet and exercise habits.
Let’s take that titbit for granted and look at what else we can do to help feel less crappy and tired all the time – here are my top 10 tips for beating fatigue and giving yourself a bit of an energy boost!
- Get juiced! Raw food with Vitamin C, D, E, K, Vitamin B complex, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper and Zinc will always help give your body a boost. Now if you’re anything like me it can be tricky to eat enough fruit and vegetables, so why not try joining the juice and smoothie craze! Combine lots of healthy bits and bobs, pop them in a blender and drink a fresh, vitamin and mineral rich juice or smoothie every day to get those energy levels rising.
- Snacktastic: Make sure to have small (healthy) snacks on hand at work or at school to keep your blood sugar levels steady and fight off those feelings of fatigue throughout the day. A handful of protein rich Almonds, Sunflower seeds with dried or fresh fruit is a great way to go giving you a pick-me-up without sending you crashing later…
- Get into a routine: Now this one can be very tricky, but try to get your body into some kind of routine; set your alarm for a similar time each day and try to go to bed at a similar time. It may take a little while but you will notice your body falling into the rhythm of this new routine. I struggle with this, so I find myself setting an alarm even at weekends to make sure I get up and don’t sleep in until noon throwing off my routine. Also a little tip, if you’re finding it difficult to switch off and go to sleep try a warm drink, reading some fiction for 30-60 minutes before bed and keep your feet toasty and warm (this will help you relax and go into REM sleep cycle more naturally).
- Smell the flowers: Get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Try not to stay all cooped up inside the house watching TV or sat working on your computer. Take even 5 minutes to step outside and walk around. This is so much better if you can get to a garden or are in the countryside where you can enjoy some beautiful views, but people watching on your travels can be just a enjoyable.
- Dance like no-one’s watching: Get your earphones on, your speakers out and blast out some of your favourite tunes and have a bit of a boogie! It’s amazing but even dancing along to one song can drastically improve your mood and energy levels. You don’t even have to be able to dance well for this one – dancing around in your bedroom will work just as well!
- Aromatherapy boost: Carrying around an essential oil, using it in your bath or popping a few drops at the bottom of your shower in the morning can also help banish those feelings of fatigue. Try using Lime, Lemon or Peppermint particular to wake you up in the morning and feel refreshed and raring to go!
- You’re having a laugh! It’s been shown through a number of studies that by boosting your mood, your energy levels can improve. Subsequently it should be no surprise that by laughing each day you can boost your energy levels. Why not spend some time with your favourite people, those who make you laugh, watch some of you favourite comedians, funny TV shows or even hunt out some of the more hilarious #fails on YouTube at the moment!
- Stay stimulated: Don’t fall into the habit of getting up, going to work, coming home, watching TV, sleep, repeat. That’s a sure fire way to watch your fatigue worsen and see yourself at your most sluggish. Use your free time (weekdays, weekends, whatever!) to stay stimulated, get creative. Play board games, try Sudoku, do a crossword, get stuck into a good book, try a new hobby, learn a language, enrol in a class and learn a new skill. Keeping your brain and body active will keep you going.
- Exercise: Regular exercise helps get you into a routine, helps you sleep better and also stimulates further feelings of energy and endorphins. You don’t have to run a marathon, but try getting out and doing something 3-4 times a week. Even a 10 minute walk 4 times a week will help, but make sure you’re out there trying something to notice any difference.
- Time for tea: Herbal teas can really help give you a boost without caffeine. Try peppermint, lemon or ginger tea particular. Personally I’m a fan of Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey tea from Pukka, but there are loads of different types out there to try, go out and find one you like that works for you.
So what are some of your top tips for fighting fatigue or boosting energy? Let us know in the comments below.