5 ways to combat fatigue
Myhealth Barangaroo's integrative GP shares a few tips on how to keep your energy tank topped up
You’ve had a full day at work. You go to bed at 10pm, try to get your recommended eight hours, wake up the next morning and you're just… So. Utterly. Exhausted.
If you find yourself nodding (or nodding off) as you’re reading this, know that you are not alone. “Each year, around 1.5 million Australians see their doctor about fatigue” says Dr Sandy Eun, “Fatigue is so common and will affect most people at some point in their life.”
Who is Dr Sandy Eun, you might ask? Dr Eun is an integrative GP with over a decade of experience, and one of the latest additions to the Myhealth Barangaroo family.
Says Dr Eun, "integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare that focuses on individual patient care. It combines the best of conventional western medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies within current mainstream medical practice.
In plain English, it’s about finding that balance between the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s wellbeing. I’m a working mother, so I understand what it feels like to be tired, but there are definitely ways to manage your fatigue.”
Here are Dr Eun’s top 5 tips to refill your energy tank (and no, it does not involve that 10th cup of coffee!).
- Ensure a healthy diet
Try cutting out sugar and refined grains such as white rice and white bread. Focus instead on whole foods.
Iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium and B-vitamin deficiencies can all potentially cause fatigue, so try including different colourful vegetables and fruits in your diet for phytonutrients; nuts and seeds for good fats; and have good quality protein with each meal.
- Ensure adequate sleep
There's sleep, and then there's sleep. The fact is many of us are not actually getting good quality sleep. Some of the main culprits for disrupted sleep are: alcohol, caffeine, medication which have stimulating effects, and not having a regular sleep routine.
Another common cause for disrupted sleep is exposure to blue light from electronic devices and energy efficient light globes. It’s easier said than done, but try to steer clear of scrolling through your Insta feed for at least 2 hours before bed time.
- Manage your stress
Introduce relaxing activities into your daily routine. Do some deep breathing exercises, listen to music, read a book or spend quality time with friends.
- Regular exercise
There's nothing like a good workout to get your blood flowing. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days increases your energy levels. With the Fitness First Barangaroo club and The Space Studio right round the corner and the oh-so-divine water views to take in when you go for a run at Barangaroo Reserve, this shouldn't be too hard to achieve!
- See your GP
It’s important to note that fatigue doesn't always resolve with lifestyle measures - it could actually indicate an underlying medical condition.
If you're experiencing low mood, anxiety or other symptoms as fever, weight loss/gain, joint aches, digestive issues, you would benefit from a comprehensive evaluation from your GP. An integrative GP may then employ complementary modalities such as specific diet changes, exercise regimes, nutritional supplements and mind-body techniques to provide the most holistic care.
Dr Sandy Eun is an Integrative GP and medical acupuncturist at Myhealth Barangaroo, Level 1, 300 Barangaroo Avenue. To book an appointment, call (02) 9078 8189 or book online on docbook.com.au