When you just can’t get out of bed in the morning – gentle movement for morning fatigue

It’s a horrible feeling when you wake up in the morning feeling so weak that it’s almost impossible to get out of bed and get moving. When the fatigue is so extreme and the weakness so profound that you end up staying in bed all day eventually feeling even more depleted.

Understanding the root cause whatever it may be (i.e. the level of cortisol and blood sugar, disturbed circadian rhythm, imbalance of the nervous system etc.) and addressing it directly is what’s going give you lasting results in the long run.

In this post, however, we won’t focus on the treatment, but on the tools that can assist you along the way.

So while you are dealing with the root cause of your morning fatigue, these simple steps and practices can help you make your mornings more manageable:

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Building energy with Qigong and its therapeutic benefits

When we are well and healthy, we take many things for granted including our level of energy. It is not the case though when the fatigue is so extreme that you are aware of the slightest fluctuations in the energy level, or when the energy is so low that you can barely function.

But how does fatigue accumulate in the body to the extent that the body loses its natural ability to recover through rest and sleep? Here is an explanation from the point of view of Chinese medicine about the way our body builds, stores and uses energy, and about the factors that lead and contribute to fatigue (a summary of the conversation with Asis Vendrell):

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How to reconnect with your body and find the right type of exercise for adrenal and chronic fatigue

Let’s be honest, any physical activity let alone exercising is a challenge when you have adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome! Yet it is possible to benefit from many movement and mindfulness practices when you understand your needs and your current abilities.

The first thing that is important to remember, and I’m not the first one to point this out – exercises are NOT a form of treatment! However, nourishing your body through safe and enjoyable physical activity and rest is a pathway to improving your symptoms (in addition to taking care of your diet, changing daily routine and much more).

It is possible that right now you are not ready for any physical activity, strenuous or not – that’s totally fine. Give yourself time, listen to what your body asks for, you will know when you are ready to start.

But if you feel that you would like to add some gentle movement and soft exercises to your daily routine, carry on reading!

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Yin Yoga poses for kidney health and fatigue

According to Chinese medicine, there’s a connection between kidneys, adrenals and fatigue. Here you will find 4 static Yin Yoga poses that stimulate energy flow to the kidneys which are great for people with adrenal and chronic fatigue (CFS).

Connection between kidneys, adrenals and fatigue according to Chinese medicine

Yin Yoga, unlike other types of yoga, is based on a Chinese theory of meridians. In Chinese medicine ‘meridians’ are the energy channels or pathways that run through the body. They form a network, and if a network is disrupted or if blockages occur, the body and the organs will not function properly and imbalance arises. Each of the vital organs has its associated meridian. Since kidneys and adrenal glands are regarded as the body’s most important reservoir of essential energy, kidney meridian’s deviations and disruptions have major energetic consequences.

“When the kidney meridian is depleted, all the meridian energies in the body often become reversed, literally flowing backwards, causing you to feel utter exhaustion.” Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine.

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Yoga poses you can do in bed when dealing with insomnia and fatigue

Yoga poses you can do in bed for insomnia and fatigue

One of the nastiest symptoms of chronic fatigue is not even the tiredness itself, it’s a disturbed sleeping pattern and insomnia when even at night you can’t regain your energy through a restful sleep. And worrying about not being able to sleep is a whole other issue that adds to the problem.

The exercises I mentioned in the previous post work really well when it comes to reducing stress and winding down before going to bed, or even when you wake up at night. But here I’ll talk about something I’ve tried recently during yet another sleepless night and really loved it. It’s doing yoga in bed!

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