If you’re stuck in exhaustion and have tried to improve your diet with little results, you’re not alone.

Often at play when it comes to fatigue are a number of factors.

Through my own experience with fatigue, and after speaking and working with countless women over the years, I’ve identified 5 main reasons why women stay stuck in exhaustion.

1. Stress

Stress can impact the function of your adrenal glands, leading to fatigue, plus brain fog, weight gain, sugar and coffee cravings and poor sleep.

Resting or taking a holiday helps very little, as the adrenals need to be toned and strengthened.

Want to know how your adrenal glands are functioning? Take this test to get an indication.

Stress also impacts how well your body is able to detoxify, as when your stress response is active, your detoxification processes are inhibited, leading to an accumulation of toxins that can cause inflammation, fatigue, brain fog and weight gain (and a whole list of other symptoms and diseases like cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders).

Stress also leads to…

2. Poor nutrient absorption

When you’re constantly stressed, your body won’t absorb nutrients effectively.

So, even if you’re eating a nutrient dense diet, nutritional deficiencies can occur, which can further compromise adrenal gland function.

3. Obligation overload

Do you nurture and help others before yourself?

Do you feel you’re a failure / not good enough if you say ‘no’ to a request…. or say ‘yes’ because you have something to prove or feel the other person’s needs are more important than yours?

It’s likely you base your worth on external factors.

Hence, putting yourself first isn’t just about scheduling ‘me time’ and making sure you do regular self-care activities.

It’s about rewiring beliefs about your worth, setting boundaries, and treating yourself as your #1 asset (because you ARE!).

4. Negative thinking

Your brain has a natural negative bias, hence why most of your thoughts are negative (so don’t think you’re alone in this!).

If you allow your thoughts to govern your life, you’ll feel constantly drained, as negative mental chatter can trigger the fear centre in your brain, keeping you in a stressed, exhausted state.

5. Misaligned living

Are you living a life that aligns with your deepest values and desires?

If not, you’ll feel a daily sense of conflict and overwhelm without even knowing the real cause.

New flash – Living in alignment is your most abundant energy source!

What dreams do you have for your life – and are you on track to achieve them?

What do you value most in life, and are you experiencing or expressing those values as a priority?

So where to from here?

Consider where you can make the biggest changes in your diet and life.

I’ve linked relevant blogs in this article to give you more support in these areas (I’ll be updating this as I add more articles. If you want to know when that happens, jump on my mailing list and also receive 5 steps to boost your energy now).

If you’re done with feeling stuck in exhaustion and want my support and guidance on your journey to restoring your energy (and getting your life back!), check out the Energy Mastery Method program, and get in touch to have a chat about your needs.

I’m here for you – and want you to remember that you deserve to have the energy to live the life you dream of.

If you’re a business owner, check out my workplace wellness workshops and programs to enhance the energy, well-being and performance of your staff.

Remember, YOU are the master of your energy and life. You can take back your power right now, starting with the tips in the linked articles above.

Melissa xx



Melissa is a naturopathic nutritionist and coach who helps exhausted women get their energy back. She consults with people worldwide via the web from her home in Melbourne, Australia.


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