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When Your Body Says No More… How to Heal Extreme Fatigue

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on October 24, 2016


2016-09-18-13-59-58-1Ever since June, I’ve struggled with extreme fatigue.

First, I tried to push through it and just hoped that I would have my energy back soon. But as it continued for months, I had to begin to dig deep and figure out what was going on in my life that caused my body to completely stop functioning at times.

I had to welcome my fatigue, respect my body on a deeper level and listen to what it had to share.

In this episode of Escape Diet Prison, I share my insights with you and how I was able to get my energy back step by step.

Now, we could focus on nutritional aspects like Macronutrient Balance, Eating Rhythm, water consumption, quality of food or even allergies, but what has made a bigger impact for me were the lifestyle factors, so that is what we’ll focus on.

Look at your sleep hygiene and daytime rest

This is an obvious one, but it’s still worth investigating. Do you sleep enough? And when you sleep, do you get restful sleep? If you don’t, begin to change your schedule, so that you get adequate sleep.

Do you drink alcohol before going to bed? If so, you’ll certainly not get the restful sleep you need to function on all levels.

I’ve begun taking naps with my son, which is something I’ve never ever done before. However, there were days when I just couldn’t not nap with him because my body was just shutting down. Despite feeling guilty, I began to listen to my body and just do it and on some days, these naps certainly saved me.

If you cannot nap, try deep breaths, sucking in fresh air. 2 minutes of this will rejuvenate you already on multiple levels.

All in all, listen to your body and give it the rest it needs in order to heal whatever issue needs healing at this point.

Add nourishment time to your daily routine

Nourish your body, mind and soul and make it priority. If you don’t have a daily self-care practice, begin to take care care of yourself now.

Feel the lushness of the universe we live in. Open your senses to what surrounds you and check in with your body regularly in order to create more intimacy with yourself and listen to its needs.

Investigate the level of life stress you currently experience

What’s going on in your life right now? What’s stressing you out tremendously?

Do you have problems at work, are your relationships more stressful than nourishing, do you have money issues or have there been huge disappointments lately?

Take a close look at your stressors and begin to take care of them – one after the other.

Are past traumas or stressful life events resurfacing for you?

This might have been the one for me. There was a trigger moment in June that almost caused me to spiral down. If you’re beginning to feel past traumas show up again in your dreams or in your thoughts, pay attention.

They resurface to tell you that now it’s time to heal them on a deep level. Don’t dismiss these messages from your subconscious and instead embrace them, work with them to finally make true, lasting peace.

Are you in a life transition?

Is there a major change going on in your life? Are you pregnant, getting married, divorced, moving to a new country, changing jobs?

If so, of course you’re tired. Practice unwavering compassion for yourself, invest lots of time in self-care and healing and take it as easy as possible. Don’t forget to breathe into your fears and the stress that comes along with major transitions.

Those transitions also don’t have to solely appear in the physical world. Inner life transitions are even more powerful and often need lots of energy to be digested.

What is the divine message in your struggle?

Listen to your fatigue. Drop into wordlessness and allow it to speak to you, telling you why it is showing up at this point in your life.

Do you need to course-correct? Do you need a clear cut in some area of your life? Do you need to give up on something you’ve been holding on to for too long?

The easiest way to hear the divine message is to journal and let your true Self speak.

What gives you energy? What drains it?

Create a list of all the the people, places, situations, feelings, thoughts, activities, responsibilities, foods, experiences give you energy. Then create on for everything that gives you energy.

What do you notice? What do you need to change in your life now that you’re aware of where you place your attention and how you spend your days?

Visualize your ideal day if you had all the energy in the world.

If you had your energy back, what would your life look like? How would you behave? Who would you be? Who would you surround yourself with? How would you feel?

Take a closer look at your boundaries

Do you even have boundaries in place or do you allow everyone to just walk all over you? Do you say No when you don’t want to do something? Do you say yes with all of your heart?

If you don’t have boundaries, you know where your energy is going…

Create a desire inventory

If you don’t live in close relationship with your desires, you’ll drain your energy doing what you absolutely don’t want to do. Stop that craziness and begin to work on a desire inventory, then place your attention on incorporating those desires into your daily life.

If your rational mind says your desires are unpractical, respond with love and compassion and add them into your life anyway.

Who do you need to forgive?

Forgiveness again. If you hold on to grudges, you’re wasting an enormous amount of energy on a useless inner fight. Trust me, I know this one so well.

Forgiveness is often a continuous practice that is worth going back to over and over and over again until you’ve truly forgiven whatever is still tearing you apart.

Surrender and let go

If you have big plans in your life, if you are trying to create a certain outcome in life by pushing and using force, you’ll drain your energy in the fight. Instead of pushing, surrender and let go.

Put your dream out there, then turn inward to work on yourself, surrender to the present and allow the universe to care of the rest.

Most importantly though, allow love in, allow flow in, let go of the need to push and struggle and trust that it’ll all work out in your favor – because it always does (even if the outcome is not the one we think we need.)

Love and light,

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How to Cultivate Self-Intimacy

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on October 10, 2016


3 copyGetting to know yourself.

Being who you are without apology, without fear, without shame.

Taking a stand for yourself and knowing – without a shadow of a doubt – that you deserve to be respected, seen, take up space.

Waking up in the morning realizing yet again that no matter how much you weigh, no matter what your body shape and size, you are loved, cherished and taken care of by a universe so vast it surmounts your imagination.

All of these things are invaluable when it comes to letting go of your desire to lose weight, to be less, to have the perfect body and the perfect size.

And these feelings, this deep, unwavering knowledge can only be achieved by cultivating a vast sense of self-intimacy:the practice of truly, deeply getting to know your heart, your core, your feelings, your fears, your hopes, your dreams and your Self.

In this episode of Escape Diet Prison, I share 8 practices that’ll bring you closer to your core.

  1. Journal

    You cannot get to know yourself and truly have a deep understanding of your desire if you don’t have a practice of self-reflection, asking yourself the big questions, rewriting your story from one of victimhood to one of power. When you journal, focus on feelings, feelings and feelings.

    How do you feel in any given situation? What are your emotions made up of? Where do you feel them? When do you feel them? The more you get in touch with your feelings the more you get in touch with your core.

    If you’d like some journaling posts to get you started, here’s a great post giving you 25 prompts to find self-intimacy.

  2. Take action

    … in the real world just as much as in your head. No true self-intimacy can be acquired if you do not go out there, take action, make things happen and see how you react.

  3. Stretch your comfort zone

    Stepping outside of your comfort zone, being adventurous, daring, doing things you’d never normally do will not only help you to create a sense of Self, but it’ll also enable you to see where your boundaries are, where you do want to go and what you truly – from your core, not from fear – do not want to pursue.

  4. Let go

    Let go of relationships, fears, jobs, places, memories, friends, regrets and everything else that weighs you down, that stands in the way of you finding yourself, knowing yourself and seeing yourself.

    There is nothing wrong or bad about letting go. It is part of life, it is part of personal growth and it is your right to do.

  5. Unbelief your beliefs

    Updating your beliefs by unbelieving what you’ve always thought was true about yourself is probably the biggest way to cut through the noise and get to your truest Self – the one that isn’t bound by fears, by societal convention, shoulds and have tos.

    Playing with your beliefs, melting them away as you walk into your personal ring of fire, the one that we all walk through from time to time, gives way to freedom, power and your Self.

  6. Forgiveness

    Who do you need to forgive? What do you need to forgive?

    Holding on to grievances of the past is just another layer of mind clutter and emotional distraction and destruction that enables your social Self to run the show on fears and pretence.

    You do not have to hold on to all of these things to continue living. In fact, if you want to live a good life, your best life, be true to yourself, forgive, forgive, forgive.

    Tapping is a beautiful tool helping you forgive yourself and others and find the freedom and peace to continue life. Check out Tapping for Body-Confidence 101 here.

  7. Change what needs to change

    And you already know what needs to change, don’t you? You might be a bit scared, maybe hesitant to change, but you can. do. it. You are strong enough, you are worthy enough and you owe it to yourself – your core.

  8. Take a stand for yourself


    Do you ever take a stand for yourself or are you constantly trying to hide, making yourself smaller because you do not know your worth, believe that the less fuss you make the better?

    Again, self-intimacy cannot be achieved if you do not take yourself seriously, if you do not realize your worth. Go back to journaling and journal until you feel confident enough to say yes, say no and hey, this is not OK with full confident, clarity and the unwavering knowledge of who you are.

Bonus tip: Allow yourself to break down.

Don’t override self-intimacy by constantly trying to be strong. Strong is nothing more than yet another form of shaming yourself into being someone you are not. Allow yourself to fall apart, to break down because in those raw moments, that is exactly when you meet YOU.

Love and light,

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Tapping into the Power of Style with Leila Hays

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When I think back to my childhood, I inevitably think about all the beautiful rituals that my mom lovingly created for us. There was the bedtime story reading – something, I’m sure, most parents do with their kids. But still, it was special, it was comforting, it was the perfect way to end a day. […]

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I’m a Bully (And Why I Was Not Really Accepting All Women!)

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In this episode of the Escape Diet Prison Podcast, I open up about some things that have been running through my mind when it comes to accepting all women – no matter their views on fitness, health, diets, weight and nutrition. Want more support? Join the free Escape Diet Prison Facebook group to engage with others who are […]

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Why Intermittent Fasting Is Dumb

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In this episode of the Escape Diet Prison Podcast, I share my views on the Intermittent Fasting Trend and how it relates to you making peace with food and your body. Want more support? Join the free Escape Diet Prison Facebook group to engage with others who are on the same path as you. We can only grow […]

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Letting Go of Control with Christy Harrison

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In this episode of Escape Diet Prison, I am joined by Christy Harrison, who I’ve been following for quite some time. Christy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor specializing in Health at Every Size. Her podcast, Food Psych, is one of my favorites as Christy talks with inspiring people about their relationships […]

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What is Normal Eating?

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When you are finally ready to stop dieting, binging, restricting, overeating, freaking out, crying, shaming, you create the space for normal eating to occur. But what does it mean to eat normally? How do you feel when you eat normally? Do you still think about food all the time? Do you still watch what you […]

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