There are often a number of underlying factors relevant to fatigue and can include an inadequate diet, in particular an insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals.
Lack of B Group vitamins especially vitamin B12, and the mineral magnesium can cause chronic irritability, exhaustion, and mental fatigue.
Although supplements are readily available it is far better to maintain a well-balanced diet including fresh fruit and vegetables, and plenty of herbs.
Foods to help motivate you and get you going are apples, bananas, corn, grapefruit, mangoes, papaya, peaches, and yellow squash. A small glass of fresh carrot juice each day is also an excellent boost to the system – of all the juices it has the best balance of vitamins and minerals.
Natural food sources of magnesium are almonds and other nuts, fish, prawns, leafy green vegetables, molasses, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.
Herbs that provide this element are alfalfa (eat daily as sprouted seed), cayenne, dandelion, and peppermint. Fresh dandelion leaves can be cooked like spinach or the young, tender leaves chopped up and served in a salad.
B Group food sources are brewer’s yeast (sprinkle over breakfast cereal), grains and seeds (such as wheat germ), rice bran, sunflower seed, nuts, legumes, potatoes, almonds, mushrooms, soya beans, citrus fruits, molasses, spinach, cauliflower, salmon and in some dairy products.
Vitamin B12 can be found in most meats, however, this should be lean and eaten sparingly. Herb sources of B complex vitamins are dandelion, fenugreek, parsley, alfalfa, watercress, cayenne, burdock, and sage.
Most importantly, if you feel tired, irritable, and exhausted first assess what you are eating, and as much as possible include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and herbs in your daily diet. This will give you the energy to get out find enjoy life, rather than sleeping it away.
When your concentration is flagging, you will find that inhaling a few drops of basil and bergamot oils on a handkerchief will conquer mental fatigue.
This aromatic bath will also do wonders to relax the body, renew energy levels, and eliminate mental fatigue. Mix thoroughly together 45ml almond oil, 5ml wheatgerm, 40 drops rosemary oil, 7 drops peppermint oil and 3 drops basil oil and store in an airtight, amber-colored glass bottle.
Shake well, and add about 10 drops of oil to the bathwater once the water temperature has settled. You can also revitalize yourself after an extra busy day by adding a few drops of ylang-ylang oil and bergamot oil to a warmish bath and soaking in it for 10 minutes. Unwind with a mixture of lavender and rosewood oils in your evening bath.