If you are struggling to make it through the day without chain drinking coffee, or are lacking the energy to get everything done that you need to, it’s worth having a think about what might be causing this.
Sometimes there is no medical reason for being tired, and you might simply be expecting too much of yourself. We live very busy lives these days, and often have quite unrealistic expectations of how much we can actually get done in a day. Cramming lots of activities into the time we aren’t working can lead to late nights and not enough relaxation time.
However, if this doesn’t sound like you, here are 5 reasons you might be feeling tired all the time, and some tips on combating them.
The symptoms of anxiety or depression can be physical as well as emotional. Anything from digestive problems,
Anxiety can mentally drain you due to your mind working overtime with stressful thoughts. People who suffer from anxiety are often in fight or flight mode a lot of the time, and eventually your adrenaline runs out, causing you to “crash” and feel severe tiredness. You may also also be having trouble sleeping at night, or be craving sleep as a break from feeling anxious .
Depression often also causes extreme fatigue, as well as lack of motivation. Often activities that would otherwise help boost energy levels such as socialising and exercising seem like impossible tasks, which can create a bit of a vicious cycle. Some medication used to treat depression is also linked to tiredness and fatigue.
The best thing to do if you are struggling is to see your doctor. Finding the right treatment for anxiety or depression is important, and sometimes it takes a bit of tweaking to get it just right. Trying different medications, or attending therapy can make a huge difference when it comes to overcoming anxiety and depression.
Stress can be caused by all sorts of reasons. From the moderate, short lived stress of job interviews or public speaking, which can actually help us perform better, to overwhelming and prolonged stress which can eventually cause us to burn out.
Common reasons for prolonged stress are money problems, relationship or family troubles, or work related stress. Big life events such as bereavement, divorce, unemployment, or even positive changes like getting married or moving house can all cause a lot of stress.
Not only can stress cause sleepless nights, but if you end up burning out, you can feel empty, unmotivated, and beyond caring which can make it difficult to improve your situation.
If you are under a lot of stress, talk to somebody who is a good listener, as this can help to calm you and identify the cause of your stress if it is not immediately apparently. You don’t have to speak to somebody with the goal of them being able to “fix” your situation, but just be listened to.
Take time out to relax, and if possible temporarily remove yourself from the situation that is causing your stress.
Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you are struggling to cope with stress on your own. Visit your doctor, who may be able to help with things such as referrals for treatment, or signing you off from work if you need some time out.
Undiagnosed Health Problems
There are plenty of illnesses which can cause tiredness and fatigue, including:
- Thyroid problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Glandular fever
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
It is worth visiting your doctor to rule out health problems if you are struggling with tiredness, as it could be a symptom.
Not Eating Properly
What you eat has a huge impact on your energy levels. Eating food with low nutritional value simply isn’t going to give you energy. Similarly, not eating enough food won’t give you enough fuel to power through the day.
Be wary of fad diets, especially those involving calorie control. Instead, eat a consistently healthy diet of fruit and veg, whole grains, seeds, nuts, lean meats, and legumes.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and avoid sugary drinks.
Avoid processed carbs, such as white bread, white rice, pizza, and pasta which cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Save these foods for an occasional treat as part of a balanced diet. Moderation is key, and considering these things off limits altogether can make you crave them more.
Food intolerances can also cause you feel tired, so if you notice you are feeling more sleepy after eating, it might be worth paying a visit to your doctor for some tests.
Not Having Enough “Me Time”
Many people, particularly introverts, need a bit of time to ‘recharge’ after socialising or working. When was the last time you had time to yourself to just chill out?
Not spending enough time alone can actually be exhausting for some people, so if you’ve been constantly socialising recently, try blocking off one evening to just do nothing and see whether you feel more energised afterwards.