Fatigue Busters

     Do you feel exhausted most of the time, even after you've had a good night's sleep? Do you have that burned out, down and out feeling? Perhaps you feel malaise—like you don't want to do anything but lay in bed. Or Perhaps it is that constant tension in the neck and shoulders. The reason could be fatigue. There are myriads of reasons for this common but distressing syndrome. Some are physiologically induced, such as with menopause or anemia. Typically, though, fatigue is due to a list of more common challenges and often has their roots in emotional-mental factors.

      We all know that excessive physical activity, poor diet, and too much mental work can lead to fatigue, but did you know that excessive fear, worry, boredom, compulsions, depression, bitterness, anger, jealousy, resentment, noise,

lack of organization, etc., can also lead to this pervasive problem of modern society?

      If you are suffering from fatigue, here are some safe and effective treatments that could be helpful until you locate and eliminate the cause of the problem.

   * Set aside a regular time each day for prayer, Bible Studies and communion with the Creator, this will be a potent stress reliever.

   * Deep breathing exercises improve the oxygen supply

to the brain, and in turn to the entire body. Stand upright with hands on your hips in a well ventilated room or out-of-doors, take deep slow breaths, as if to fill the lungs from the bottom up. Take as complete a breath as possible, hold to the count of 20, exhale completely and hold for a count of ten. This may be repeated 20-40 times, three times a day..

   * Ice-cold foot baths are stimulating. Ice cubes? We know, it doesn't sound inviting, but its effective. Sit on the edge of the tub and run cold water over your feet and ankles. As your tolerance for cold increases, add ice cubes to a tub of water two to four inches deep and place your feet in the ice water for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Dry the feet well after removing them from the water. The feet should be warm before the foot bath is begun. Rubbing the feet may assist in tolerating the cold.

   * Alternating hot and cold showers change the distribution

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