One of the symptoms that people tend to overlook when it comes to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is exhaustion! For me? PCOS and fatigue have gone hand in hand, in the most frustrating way!! (I don’t think I was this tired when I was pregnant and working 11 hour days!)
When my PCOS is at it’s worst? I feel like a walking Zombie. Getting anything accomplished is near impossible. So I thought I’d share with you 6 ways to boost energy when PCOS and fatigue rear their ugly heads!
Before I go on? I want to state that you should ALWAYS consult your doctor, but I also strongly feel that in most cases PCOS symptoms can be managed in natural ways! (And thus most of my tips here will be things you can do on your own, at home! And they are just generally good health habits to have even if you don’t have PCOS.)
6 simple ways to boost your energy and beat PCOS and Fatigue!
SLEEP! I know, seems like a no-brainer. But make sure you’re getting a full 6-9 hours of sleep per night. Your body needs this nightly chunk of shut eye to reboot it’s systems and level out the hormone levels. This is especially important when you have the hormone imbalances that come along with PCOS!
Hydrate! Water is so very important to keeping your body functioning at it’s peak. Recently (during a string of 104* F days) I thought I was keeping hydrated, but wasn’t getting enough water! This led to three full days of sluggish exhaustion. I could barely get out of bed, let alone take care of myself and my family. So if the fatigue monster is sneaking up on you? Drink up!
Diet! If you’re here? You’ve probably had that annoying word shoved at you more than you care to admit. (I know there are periods in my life where I think I may punch the next person who says that word!) But realistically? This is the best way to control your PCOS, and cutting complex carbs and sugars from your diet will boost your energy significantly!
Vitamin D! Low Vitamin D is a HUGE contributor to fatigue. How can you get more Vitamin D without popping a daily vitamin? (Although there’s nothing wrong with that – I take one as part of my daily vitamin regimen.) Sunlight is of course a great way to spur the creation of Vitamin D in our bodies! (Of course, use sunscreen!) Eat Fish, Salmon and tuna are HUGE sources of Vitamin D. Milk is always a good source too. (Although if you’re like me and can’t stomach too much dairy? Look for specifically labeled Orange Juice! Minute Maid Kids + is our bottle of choice.)
Exercise! The old physics adage “An object in motion will stay in motion” applies here as well! I know, you’re exhausted and the last thing you want to do is move more! (Trust me. I know. I spent all day yesterday in bed. I didn’t move. At all. Because I let PCOS and fatigue get me down.) But really, once you get moving? Your body will want to keep moving. it will begin to produce endorphins that will keep you going. (And, exercise is always good when you’re trying to boost your fertility!)
Destress! Take a good inventory of your mental state. Is there something stressing you out? Dive deep and figure out what that may be! Stress raises the levels of cortisol in the body, which plays a HUGE role in our levels of energy! (And of course, our crazy hormones are so up and down when we have PCOS, so anything we can do to help them maintain a “normal” level is a huge help!)
I tried all these tips, now what?
Are you still feeling exhausted? Sometimes the cause of our fatigue goes far beyond PCOS, and a doctors input is necessary.
A few other causes of exhaustion (which are unfortunately also common conditions for women with PCOS):
- Low Vitamin Levels (specifically B12 and D)
- Sleep Apnea