Feeling sluggish? How to tackle energy ups and downs


Being an adult is tricky. Trying to balance work, mum life and the remnants of a social life you still have isn’t easy.

There is so much pressure placed on us to try to do everything. Attend every coffee date with our friends, bring the kids to that new park, visit every member of the family at least once a month. Where is the time or energy?

Working alone is draining enough but slap our second role of being a mum in there and by the time 8 pm rolls around we are well and truly exhausted.

We miss the days when our biggest worry was whether we did our geography homework or not. These days our energy levels are slipping more than ever before. So learning what your limits are can really help you avoid that feeling of burn out.

As Dr. Mary Ryan, consultant endocrinologist notes “for proper hormonal balance, rest is very important. If you are overtired the pituitary gland which releases hormones becomes fatigued. When your phone battery is red you plug it in, you give it what it needs, sometimes we have to do that with our bodies too.”

Balancing your schedule is key, especially on the run up to your period. Give yourself time to breathe and to step back from your social life. Don’t have a diary jam-packed with engagements that you barely want to attend. It is important to allow yourself time to relax, especially as your time of the month approaches.

The key to sustainable energy levels throughout the month is learning to get the right work-life balance for you and to underpin your energy reserves with a balanced diet that contains the right types of high fibre carbohydrates along with sufficient B vitamins and good mood foods such as turkey, oats, bananas and cottage cheese which are rich in tryptophan.

If you need a natural helping hand, consider supplementing with Cleanmarine For Women which has been designed especially for women. It contains vitamin B1, B2 and B6 which work to support normal energy-yielding metabolism while vitamin B2 and B6 contribute to reducing tiredness and fatigue.

Reassess your work-life balance so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. This can have a real positive impact on your hormone health and in the words of Fiona Brennan, clinical hypnotherapist, remember that “your best is good enough – true superpower lies in kindness to yourself”.

Brought to you by
Hormone Health Awareness Week kicks off on 25th March. Cleanmarine For Women are running in-store events with their Female Hormone Advisors in Health Stores & Pharmacies around the country. They'll have expert advice, exclusive discounts, competitions and a free hormone health guide for everyone who calls in. Find out more here.