Whether it is work, family life or social time, there never seem to be enough hours in the day to satisfy everyone and also meet our personal needs. We are constantly being pulled in several directions at once, expending our energy until there seems to be nothing left over for ourselves.
If you identify with this, you should pick up a copy of Dr. Mary Ann Bauman's self-help book, `Fight Fatigue: Six Simple Steps to Maximize Your Energy.'
Bauman outlines six ways to replenish energy levels by understanding the mind-body connection.
The author starts by saying people who are exhausted should begin their journey to good health by consulting their physician and making sure there is nothing physically wrong with them. If a medical reason is not evident, Bauman says the fatigue usually stems from emotional distress.
The first step in recovering an energy balance is identifying draining encounters in your life. Once this becomes a daily habit you are ready to evaluate these incidents and challenge the assumptions that led up to the episode. Next, you must break down the barriers you have erected in your life. This step includes making exercise a priority three to four times a week. When you have accomplished this, you must explore and experiment with the positive and negative encounters that affect your energy levels. The last step in Bauman's formula is setting appropriate boundaries by using common sense to identify and eliminate some of your personal energy thieves.
Bauman leads her readers through these steps with plenty of examples from her own life as well as the lives of her friends and patients. Each anecdote examines an aspect of one of the steps, showing practical ways in which the steps have been put into practise.
Although Bauman is an MD, she does not use convoluted medical jargon to make her point. The book is written in a relatable style with plenty of the aforementioned anecdotes.
She says fatigue is the number one reason why most women seek medical advice and she chose to write this book because she has heard the lament of tired women countless times during her 25 years practising medicine.
Bauman also says most women are so busy nurturing the people in their lives that they don't take the time to take care of themselves. She is a proponent of the personal reward system, saying we should do something for ourselves at least once a week, using that time to rejuvenate our spirits.
In the spirit of that advice, take the time to read through this relatively short book and form the habit of following the simple steps it sets out. As Bauman says, it will not only increase your energy level but will also improve your focus, your personal relationships and help maintain the energy you already have.