Overcoming Shift Work Fatigue – Why Green Foods Need To Be Your Friend!

Living on processed food every day is the fastest way to accelerate your shift work fatigue when you work irregular hours.

Consuming foods provided by Mother Nature on the other hand, is the fastest way to boost your energy and help fight off that overwhelming feeling of exhaustion.

When my husband and I “discovered” this concept some years ago (our household was made up of 2 very exhausted shift workers at the time) – our life took on a completely different direction.

This 180 degree shift in our eating habits inspired us to establish our very own organic vegetable garden full of Green Super Foods, along with preparing daily vegetable juices.

In fact as I type this article, the kitchen bench is over flowing with green spinach and lettuce – harvested straight from the vege patch this morning.

So why green? What has turning green got to do with overcoming shift work fatigue?

Well it’s actually quite simple.

You see when you consume dark green leafy vegetables – particularly in the form of a juice, it’s very easy for the body to absorb which means it’s able to reap the benefits much more quickly.

Green vegetables also contain chlorophyll which is Mother Nature’s most effective energy booster giving you instant, long-lasting energy.

They’re also high in alkaline which helps the body to work more efficiently – as opposed to most processed foods being quite acidic.

Quite simply, an efficient body means more energy for you!

Think about it? Have you ever seen a burger grow from a tree or a vine?

If it’s not designed by Mother Nature, chances are it’s not good for you. In fact it could actually be quite detrimental to your health. Goodness knows what’s in half the fast food that we see in food outlets around the world today.

So the next time you’re feeling tired, exhausted and sluggish – think green. Besides having a good night’s sleep it’s certainly the next best thing for helping overcome shift work fatigue.

And I’m not talking about consuming a whole packet of green M&M’s!

Exhausted By Shift Work? Then Throw Away Your Shoes and Immerse Yourself In Nature!

If you’re feeling exhausted by shift work, then it might be time to give yourself a break because let’s face it – life can get so busy that we often forget to simply stop and relax.

In other words, make sure that you give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing.

Because if you’re having to endure gruelling shift work hours on top of an already busy life, you can be setting yourself up for certain ill health and unhappiness.

It’s a bit like stretching an elastic band until it snaps.

And I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually been guilty of doing this myself quite recently.

You see the past 2 weeks at work have been rather frantic. Training new staff and being part of a team rolling out a new product across airports around Australia has meant fairly long hours and little time to relax.

To say that I was feeling exhausted would be a massive understatement.

But that was until today.

Because today was about taking a well earned break with my husband, packing ourselves a picnic and immersing ourselves in nature. And as we found a comfortable patch of grass overlooking the Brisbane River, we threw away our shoes and placed the soles of our feet on the ground. With a glass of wine in one hand, and a serve of pesto-crumbed Barramundi in the other – the shift work exhaustion slowly began to lift.

And even though we had to fight off the green ants as they decided to join us on our picnic rug, and our personal space was overtaken by wedding guests arriving for a garden wedding – we enjoyed every minute of it!

Because whenever you immerse yourself in nature – whether it be on the sand, in the water or walking through a forest, the healing vibrations from the earth can replace your energy. It’s a bit like plugging your mobile phone into a power point to recharge. Sitting on the ground without any shoes on does exactly the same because we pick up energy vibrations through the soles of our feet.

It helps to recharge us whenever we’re feeling exhausted.

Quite simply, connecting your feet with the earth can be one of the most energising ways to help you overcome shift work exhaustion.

Of course it’s important to point out that there is a key difference between the concrete surface found in shopping malls and the soft grass found in a parkland because the latter has healing vibrations – in other words it helps replace your energy.

Concrete shopping malls on the other hand give off different vibrations. They actually sap your energy.

So the next time you’re feeling exhausted by shift work and in need of a break – choose an environment that is going to help boost or your energy rather than take it away. Avoid places that drain your energy and seek out those which will energise you – and that includes the shopping malls as I’m sure your credit card would agree!