In one time of their busy lives, people had been through fatigue. There is this feeling like it is such a burden to get out of the bed and just sleeping off the whole day or two. The human body needs to rest in one time or another. Physiologically, prolonged activity and stress will burn out the body’s energy supply. When this happens, the body shuts down in order to regain the lost energy. Fatigue is a normal reaction of the body to intense activity and repeated stress. An example of this can be observed at work. When we are chasing the deadline for a project of a report, we are forcing our body to work 3 or 4 times the usual load. In response, the body produces adrenaline that pushes the body to the limit. When all the work has been done, we can feel the relaxation of our muscles, from the lower extremities up to the head. The feeling of calmness then overtakes the feeling of fear in the mind. Then, after a moment, we without noticing it, we fell asleep. This is fatigue.
Fatigue may last for 1-3 days. As the body and mind are rejuvenating, feelings of light headedness, body malaise, and intermittent somnolence can be observed. However, when fatigue continues for more than 2 weeks, this becomes pathologic. This is now referred to as the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is condition consisting of physical, mental, emotional and hormonal imbalances brought about by too much exposure to stress. A number of cases were also linked to tumors and autoimmune diseases. The most common symptoms ranged from severe headaches, depression, loss of appetite or too much appetite, paranoia, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and poor decision making.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a major disability and sadly, those who are affected are the working population and college students. Here are the risk factors for CFS.
– pushing the body too much under strenuous conditions
– “ more work, no play” attitude
– The use of stimulants to prolong work tolerance,
– The repeated exposure to traumatic experiences, emotional stress and material problems
– the loner type of people
– Presence of certain diseases affecting the neuroendocrine system.
– Out of control weight loosing tactics
– Excessive use of exogenous steroids
– Presence of thyroid problems
– the children of high expectant parents
– college students of high standard universities
– stressful working environment
– a family history of psychiatric illness and mental illness
– people taking antidepressants or stimulants
– dysfunctional family
– history of substance abuse
People often take the signs and symptoms of CFS for granted. Most of them only seek professional help in the worst stages. Some were not that lucky, ended up committing suicide, having cardiopulmonary failure or metabolic imbalance. The most important factor in order to avoid fatigue is learning how to balance life. Treating ourselves after a hard day’s work is just fair. We must always keep the mind and the body one.