Do you always feel physically tired? Do you get up in the morning without energy? Do you often struggle with mental fatigue? Don’t worry because we’ve all been there sooner or later!

There are too many factors that we cannot control and affect our energy levels, such as work, seasonal changes, hormone levels in circulation, etc. The only thing you can do is be aware of why you feel fatigued and find effective remedies to eliminate this fatigue.

In this article, you will find out what the various types of fatigue are, what are the main causes and also some very effective yoga remedies that you can use whenever you feel out of energy.

The various types of fatigue: physiological, seasonal, and chronic

Physical, mental fatigue

If you want to eliminate a problem, the first thing to do is to know it. If you don’t know it, you will hardly be able to find an effective solution to combat it. So let’s first look at the various types of fatigue.

You must know that there is not only one type of fatigue but depending on the cause and how it occurs, there are various forms of fatigue.

Let’s go and see the most common ones

Physiological fatigue:

This is when you feel tired because you have done something particularly challenging. For example, it appears at the end of a stressful workday, at the end of physical activity, or often makes itself felt towards the weekend, especially if you have not had time to rest. This can be divided into:

Physical fatigue primarily affecting the body;

Mental fatigue, on the other hand, mainly affects the mind.

Seasonal fatigue:

You can experience this type of fatigue, especially when a change of season occurs. There are those who accuse these moments of the year more and those who do not feel them at all, but even in this case, you can do a lot, and below, I will explain how.

Chronic fatigue:

This type of fatigue, on the other hand, is the one that is usually the most difficult to combat, does not resolve itself with simple rest, and can sometimes last even weeks or even months.

Now that we have seen what the main types of fatigue are let’s see what the causes are.

The main causes of fatigue

In the case of physiological fatigue, the causes can be divided into two:

  1.  Causes of a physical nature that essentially concern an imbalance in the body such as weight problems, postural imbalances, diseases, poor physical fitness, sleep disturbance, etc.
  2. Causes of a mental nature that instead concern an imbalance at the level of the mind such as stress, worries, insomnia, depression, anxiety, etc.

In the case of seasonal fatigue, the cause is precisely the change of season. When you pass from one season to another, the body has to adapt to the different temperatures and thus implements a series of physiological responses to better face the period to come.

To do all of this, of course, he needs energy and so you feel more tired as a result. In the case of chronic fatigue. On the other hand, it is a real accumulation of fatigue over time which, if it is not eliminated when it arises, becomes chronic and is even more difficult to fight. It usually manifests itself as exaggerated mental and physical exhaustion. Now let’s see what yoga suggests doing when you feel fatigued.

Why do yoga for fatigue?

Yoga is a discipline that aims to rebalance both the body and the mind and has numerous benefits. It is very good, for example for back pain, stiff neck, to increase willpower and it can certainly help you a lot whenever you feel fatigued.

We can certainly say that whenever you feel excessively fatigued, you are somehow out of balance and yoga is one of the best solutions to find it again. The practice of yoga is very varied and, depending on the exercises you decide to do, it can be very energizing but also very calming. Below I recommend some yoga exercises depending on the type of fatigue you are facing. Ready to open the mat and get some practice?

Yoga for physical fatigue

Physical fatigue, along with mental fatigue, is certainly the most common. Unfortunately, the current lifestyle is very hectic, many jobs are physically tiring and it is difficult to find time to rest during the day.

In this case, yoga can work against you because there are some exercises that allow you to relax in a short time. The tiredness disappears and so you feel considerably better.

For physical fatigue, the yoga positions that I recommend you practice are the backbends and the relaxation ones. The first category of postures is energizing and is great to practice throughout the day when you run out of energy.

Examples of these postures that everyone can practice are Bhujangasana  (right figure), the cobra posture, and Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, the upside-down dog posture.

The second category, on the other hand, allows the body to completely relax and so fatigue disappears. The position par excellence that allows physical fatigue to disappear is Savasana (left figure), the position of the corpse.

Another technique that you can use whenever you feel fatigued is yoga Nidra, a method that consists of practicing deep relaxation guided by a voice.

When you practice yoga Nidra, also called sleep yoga, you surrender completely, your physical senses are retracted and you relax incredibly.

Conclusions

In this article, I have explained to you what the various types of fatigue are, what they are caused by and I have suggested some yoga practices that can surely help you. Still, one of the most important things I haven’t talked about yet is to become aware of your fatigue and to understand the causes.

This is why I suggest you do a short meditation every time you feel particularly tried to understand how tired you are, what causes this tiredness, and what you can do to get rid of it. Only if you can feel your body and listen to what it is asking you will find an effective solution to all types of fatigue.

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