You don’t need us to tell you how challenging the past year has been. We’ve felt the effects of living through a global pandemic in all areas of our lives, and being plunged in and out of lockdown whilst navigating the ‘new normal’ of working from home has undoubtedly tested our mental health.
One way this has manifested for a lot of us is in our energy levels. Despite not commuting every day or heading to that early morning spin class, we’re feeling more tired and drained than ever before.
In fact, new research from energy company Revvies has found that 37% of British adults – that’s close to 18 million of us – are struggling with chronic lethargy and extreme tiredness, whilst 20% have resorted to coffee and energy drinks in an attempt to stave off lockdown fatigue.
Plus, over half (52%) of 18-34 year-olds report that they cannot reduce their sugar intake without experiencing a crash in energy.
So, why are we all experiencing such chronic WFH lethargy, and what can we do about it?
“Lockdown has put a lot of strain on our mental health and created anxiety due to financial and health concerns, as well as adapting to a new way of life with increased virtual at-home meetings, home-schooling and less socialising,” says nutritional therapist Victoria Hamilton.
“Psychological stressors can be even more tiring than physical stressors and send your body into a heightened state of alertness known as ‘flight or fight’ mode. Initially, you may feel more energised and focused in this state, but if you stay in this condition for long periods, it results in tiredness and fatigue.”
As well as general overwhelm and stress, current chronic lethargy could be caused by vitamin D deficiency from staying at home and lack of exercise thanks to gym closures, adds GP Dr Houda Ounnas.
Here are their expert tips for fighting the fatigue…
Victoria also points out that if you’re looking to cut down your coffee consumption, try substituting your cup of joe with a green tea instead, then from green tea to caffeine-free herbal tea.
“Otherwise, you can continue to drink coffee, but each day dilute it down further and further,” she advises. “After doing this for several weeks, your cup will be more hot water than coffee, and you will feel better for it.”
So generally, says Dr Ounnas, to help beat chronic lethargy, look to key five areas in your life:
Tackle these with the above tips, and you should start to feel reenergised in no time.
If the fatigue continues over 6 weeks, speak with your GP. Also consult your GP regarding which supplements are best for you.
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