Arniston Spa Hotel

Does your lifestyle harm you

Running your own business could be just as pleasant as it is tiring and stressful.

We know that business often call for long days, difficult clients, financial pressure, “staying one step ahead”, etc. Most of us are in denial regarding the impact and effect of our lifestyle on our well-being. We tend to role model it to our children and to normalise an imbalanced lifestyle. Several lifestyle factors can impact on your overall health and well-being but just a few small changes can have big benefits. Instead of using our stress hormones just for emergencies, many of us live life at such a pace that they are activated all the time, which can have an adverse effect on our bodies. The question is: how well do you look after yourself – Managing your well-being requires awareness, skills and results regarding the choices of your Lifestyle.

Fatigue is a feeling of extreme tiredness and exhaustion (physical and mental) which results from physical or mental overexertion or a combination of the two. Unexplained, persistent fatigue combined with other symptoms such as sore throat, loss of memory, headaches and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck calls for the consideration of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Fatigue is a feeling of extreme tiredness and exhaustion (physical and mental) which results from physical or mental overexertion or a combination of the two. Unexplained, persistent fatigue combined with other symptoms such as sore throat, loss of memory, headaches and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck calls for the consideration of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Fatigue coping strategies

  • Rest – Relax, break away
  • Good bedtime routine: have a regular sleep pattern, follow rituals such as reading, listening to soft music, warm baths, etc. could assist falling asleep easier. (future article on sleep to follow)
  • Have at least 8 hours sleep
  • Address nutrient deficiency, artificial ingredients junk food and dehydration can cause fatigue and tiredness. Eight glasses of water are also recommended
  • Assess your levels of stress and address (future article on stress to follow)
  • Exercise – even moderate helps
  • Do not wait for a diagnose of chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Check your thyroid gland
  • Check your Iron (anemia)
  • Get medical help: Your doctor may recommend medications and other techniques for coping after a proper diagnosis and testing. It is best to rule out other possible causes of chronic fatigue. Fatigue can be observed with unexplained weight gain, dry skin, hoarse voice, coarse and thinning hair and increased sensitivity to cold. Symptoms such as pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness should be examined. Sleep apnea (long pauses in breathing while sleeping) are also common reasons that can cause tiredness.

Symptoms:

  • Tired. Loss of vigilance
  • Sleepy, including falling asleep against your will. (Micro sleep)
  • Irritable and bad tempered
  • Depressed
  • Feeling unnecessarily over-excited
  • Digestive problems like constipation
  • Increased vulnerability to falling ill (due to poor cell rejuvenation)

Effects:

  • Slower reaction time – physical reaction speed & speed of thought
  • Do not respond to things going on around them, or respond incorrectly
  • Communication and judgement ability are poor and cannot concentrate
  • Changes in mood
  • Decreased hand-eye coordination
  • Increased forgetfulness
  • Relationship problems

Health:

  • Digestive problems
  • Heart Diseases
  • Stress
  • Mental Illness
  • Sleep disorder