The time has come to offer you a new winter survival guide! Read these tips on dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome carefully, and stay energized.
Winter survival guide: what CFS is?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition when working capacity is reduced, and concentration is markedly worsened. Sometimes, you may also have sleeping problems, headaches, or muscle pain. Moreover, these symptoms do not disappear after a normal rest.
Among the possible causes of chronic fatigue: frequent long-term stress, poor sleep or lack of it, malnutrition, alcohol abuse, smoking, hormonal disorders, and even certain viruses.
Winter survival guide: nutrition
Often, people suffer from CFS and an energy deficit in winter. Since the main source of energy is food, try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet this season.
Mind eating more lean meat, fish, seafood, green vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, beans, whole grains, and dairy products. We also recommend having small meals every two to three hours.
In addition, the weakness associated with CFS may be due to deficiency of vitamins and minerals. So, consider taking additional supplements. If you notice increased fatigue, irritability, memory impairment and frequent colds, pay attention to group B and C vitamins, as well as iron, magnesium, zinc and iodine.
Winter survival guide: to drink or not to drink?
There is nothing bad in having a cup of coffee at breakfast. On the other side, drinking more than five cups a day can make things even worse. Among “side effects” of coffee are insomnia, drowsiness, and headaches. Caffeine stimulates energy, but it also slows down the recovery of the nervous system.
Winter survival guide: getting energy
Moderate regular exercise helps the body better cope with fatigue and stress. For example, just walking in the fresh air for at least 15-30 minutes a day may help you feel more cheerful. Also, pay attention to the quality of sleep.
Winter survival guide: does fatigue affect libido?
Unfortunately, CFS can lead to decrease in sexual desire, too. Anyway, in this case consider visiting your doctor to find out possible reasons for low libido.