Tips on managing your fatigue with endometriosis


Endometriosis and fatigue


This endometriosis guest article has some helpful tips and advice on how to manage the fatigue that is so common for most women who have endometriosis

In fact fatigue is reported to be one of the most common reported symptoms as found in the Endometriosis in America Survey 2020



Here is Kirsty's article and how she manages her fatigue with endometriosis… ..


It's Friday Night and I'm totally beat. Whilst my colleagues are getting ready to go out for the office Pub Night, I can not wait to go home and get ready for bed. I do not think I have ever actually actually attended one of the Pub Nights.


Endometriosis takes an invisible toll on my body. Every. Single. Day. I'm lucky enough to be able to work full time, but not to say it does not leave me exhausted. I'm sure many of you will recognize this feeling.


There was once a time it used to bother me that other people seem to have an endless amount of energy to do whatever they want and I do not. I am sure many of you have had these 'looks' from others, as if to say, 'how boring are you for going home!' But I'm totally over it. I refuse to waste energy on worrying about what other people think.


In fact, my husband, my 5-year-old son and I have our own little Friday Night Parties at home that are just as good. We get in bed as early as 6pm, cuddle up and watch the latest DVDs. This may sound boring to others, but I can never think of anything better to do. I'm with the people I love the most, being entertained for free, and totally relaxed and chilled out. What more do I want?



But yes, fatigue is a serious subject and is affecting many of us of daily. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to make you feel slightly better throughout the day when it comes to feeling tired and exhausted. Here's what helps me:

 

Know your boundaries and do not put pressure on yourself. Planning to do some exercise, go shopping, do your housework, host a diner for your friends, followed by a night out clubbing? Think again! You know this will probably be too much for you. Make realistic plans and ensure you take some time to rest throughout the day.

 

Exercise. Yes, again with the exercise, but trust me, moving your body as often as you can will give you more energy throughout the day, but remember to not overdo it. Listen to your body and exercise at your own pace.

 

Adjust your mindset. Instead of giving in to the knowledge you are fatigued, just take each day as it comes, one step at a time. You can do more than you think if your mindset is positive. The glass is always half full!

 

Control your carbohydrates intake. If you eat a large quantity of carbs, you could experience a sugar crash which can leave you even more lethargic. The effects, however, can be less if you undertake a lot of physical activity within the next few hours after consumption.

 

Try Spirulina as a supplement. Spirulina is a rich natural source of vegetable protein, iron, a range of other minerals, multivitamins, and much more. It comes in powder or tablet form and could help you overcome that tiredness feeling. Check with your doctor first if you are planning to use this, as it could interact with your other medication.  END






Make sure you get enough sleep. I know this is sometimes easier said than done when you're in a lot of pain, but in general try and aim for 8 hours sleep at night if you can. Read the article on sleep tips HERE


You may be dealing with other health issues or nutritional deficiencies that are causing your fatigue and I have had plenty of feedback saying they found this article particularly helpful HERE

 

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