How to tell if it’s a rough patch or chronic fatigue

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Long hours at the office, wasted time in traffic, rushing to cook dinner and helping the kids with homework before packing lunches and getting outfits ready for the next day. And at the end of it, collapsing in bed, hoping to catch a few decent hours of sleep before doing it all again. Sound familiar? Modern lifestyle is fast-paced and as a result we tend to neglect looking after our bodies and health. Problem is, if you don’t look after your health, it can lead to major problems in the long run.

Stress is one of the major health problems in modern society. A little bit of stress is normal and even healthy at times, but when it becomes a constant in your life, your risk of developing chronic stress and suffering from burnout increases. Ever felt stressed out before a job interview or presentation, and then major relief as soon as it’s over? That’s known as short-term stress and it’s completely normal. Chronic stress is the type that builds up slowly over time. It results when high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are constantly secreted by the adrenal glands. When the body is constantly triggered by so-called “false alarms”, the autonomic nervous system can’t turn itself off anymore. The body enters a state when cortisol and adrenaline are released even in non-stressful or non-threatening situations, and this is known as chronic stress.

Chronic stress can lead to burnout, a state in which the body enters into a constant fight or flight mode. The continuous high levels of cortisol in the body can cause health concerns like weight gain, fatigue and insomnia. Over time, it may also lead to more serious problems like high blood pressure, insulin resistance and adrenal fatigue.

So how do you know if you’re just going through a rough patch, or if you’re suffering from chronic fatigue or burnout? These are the symptoms to look out for:

Fatigue
Lethargy
Fearfulness
Chronic allergies
Frequent illness
Anxiety and depression
Digestive problems
Memory loss
Insomnia
Sexual dysfunction

The inability to lose weight despite efforts

The more symptoms you experience, the higher your level of chronic stress may be. It’s important to assess your lifestyle from time to time to ensure you’re looking after your body and addressing stress before it becomes chronic. Book an appointment with a healthcare professional at Health Renewal to get a holistic view on treatment. They may recommend treatment making use of medical screening tests, lifestyle and dietary changes, and supplementation to restore and repair the body. Most importantly, address the situation as soon as you suspect it’s there – after all, prevention is always better than cure.

This post was sponsored by Skin Renewal.

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  1. Chandni Jivan

    I’ve been seeing an endocrinologist for about 6 months now. Due to a thyroid imbalance, I do have chronic stress. My cortisol blood test result shows that my body is burning out too quick meaning that my body then holds on to my fat to sustain itself. I am currently taking burnout medication so hopefully it will improve.

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