Why am I so tired? Feeling Fatigued and Exhausted in your daily routine, some insights.
“Why am I so tired?” Do you think and say this often?
Fatigue and exhaustion can make your life a daily grind. Instead of a happy and bubbling life, you suffer from frustration and anger. Your behavior changes and so does your work performance. Your brain is foggy and clear sunshine like clarity is missing in your thoughts and your life.
This also leads to medical conditions like depression, obesity, hypertension and even diabetes. If this fatigue continues unchecked it may cause severe exhaustion and stress. This may lead to more serious health conditions.
What We Do vs What We Should Do?
When we feel exhausted and tired we grab some sugary snack or some energy drink to increase our energy levels. But is this enough? So, why do we feel fatigued and exhausted the next day or even the same day after a few hours of taking these snacks and drinks that claim to be energy boosters?
This fatigue and exhaustion are the indicators that something is not right in our bodies. External sources like energy bars and energy drinks might be a temporary solution to this situation but we should look towards more healthier solutions.
What should we do to find the solution for this fatigue and exhaustion?
Work Is Making You Sick
It might sound strange to you but your daily work job might be the culprit.
Do you remember when you were a kid and didn’t like to go to school? You would not wake up and be low on energy. What happened on the weekends was a complete change in your behavior. You would jump out of the bed like a tiger and would be full of energy and excitement.
You can still see this behavior in your kids if you are a parent. Weekends are full of energy and enthusiasm. There is no place for fatigue and exhaustion in a kids life on weekends.
Your control over some frustration or anger takes out resources from your body, like a gas guzzler. It saps out your energy in restraining your true feelings.
Here is the insight that will let you understand better.
I was at a conference once and the speaker spoke about the cognitive resources that we humans use. How we allocate them and how efficient we are handling these resources.
The speaker gave an example of how we restrain ourselves sometimes by self-imposed rules (not eating a cupcake) and sometimes by a situation (it is necessary not to burst out in anger by someone else’s behavior).
This way we use far greater cognitive (memory, perception, mind power) resources in unnecessary constraining ourselves and allocate fewer resources in actual work. At the end of the day, we are left with little cognitive resources or in simple terms mind power. If our brain is tired the body will automatically feel exhausted.
I am not suggesting that you resign from your office or vent your anger out on someone or something. However, what I am arriving at is to motivate you to look for ways to tune yourself to the environment.
What works for you in that situation, how can you change the work or home environment? How can you contribute to making the positive change is more important than giving up that easy. What if your next job is worse for you then this one. Will you be running away without giving yourself a chance to make a change?
Join a yoga or a meditation class to sync your mind and thoughts. You will be better equipped to handle stress, exhaustion and tiredness. You will also gain insights into your work, why you don’t like your job or why you are tired all the time.
You can read this article that I wrote for people who struggle with other people and work environments. You will certainly benefit.
Are You Taking Your Zzz’s…
Not sleeping for 6 to 8 hours (depends on person to person) can really make you cranky and fatigued. You will feel tired and out of energy. Sleeping on a weekend is not as sleeping for the required hours every day. Can you eat for a full week in one day? No, you can’t. So, the sleeping pattern is designed to take care of that day. If you miss even one day of sleep, you cannot compensate that day’s sleep the next day.
More important than sleeping the number of hours is the time at which you sleep and the quality of sleep. Our bodies work according to the biological clock and not according to our time scheduling. If you do not sleep by 10 PM then you are messing with the biological clock of your body. Ideally, it is at 9 PM that you should hit the bed.
Switch off the TV or phones by this time and switch off the lights. Do not eat sugar at dinner time. In some major studies, it has been found that sleeping with lights off gets you better sleep. If your fatigue and exhaustion decrease by following this time syncing, then it is better than a pill. You will feel less tired and your energy management will increase as you continue this routine.
Sometimes our bodies accumulate toxins due to limited daily physical activity. The human body was not designed to sit at a desk for long hours. It was made to keep on moving and walking. This physical inactivity results in increased stress and toxin buildup. This will make you feel tired and fatigued.
If you are new to exercise or have any medical conditions consult your physician before any physical exercise or activity.
As we discussed earlier, getting to bed latest by 10 PM then waking up at 5 AM will not be an issue. Go for a walk before heading to work. Exercise, meditate or do yoga. In yoga, there are a number of breathing exercises which will help you ‘deep breathe.’ Sometimes shallow breathing also causes stress and fatigue.
This will give the body fluids a chance of movement and keep the immune system at optimal levels. Sweating and movement will flush out toxins from the body. This way you will have less baggage of toxins inside your body. Exhaustion is sometimes attributed to physical inactivity. You will not tire easily if you follow some form of exercise.
Brain function also improves with deep breathing. Physical exercises also improve coordination of body and brain. Mental stamina to handle stress also improves with physical exercises.
You can massage your body for the relaxing effects. This will also take care of your dry skin issues and feel good hormones will be released to make you feel more calm and energetic.
Read about Yoga: Work out your entire body with this powerful yoga sequence
What’s On Your Plate…
You just ate and after a while, you feel tired and exhausted. What you ate at this meal and earlier also effects your level of fatigue. According to a research, your body feels tired and robbed of nutrients if the intake of sugar is too high. The vitamin levels drop and your mood goes haywire.
Sugar intake must be to the minimum to stop the body from feeling tired all the time.
Same is with the processed foods. If you are eating processed food then there are high chances of you feeling exhausted and tired.
You need to clean your system and get rid of sugar and processed junk from your body.
Eat a clean, home cooked diet and eat a fruit before a meal. Get yourself tested for food allergies that you may have and do not know about. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the type of food that is causing all the trouble by making you tired and fatigued.
Are You Drinking Enough Water
In the busy schedule, you can sometimes forget to drink water. Every time you think of coffee or tea or any other drink, sip a glass of water to compensate for the diuretic effects of these drinks. This way you will recharge the body with this natural miracle.
Our bodies are mostly made of water and so is Earth. There is a reason for this similarity. We are born on earth so our bodies reflect the same configuration as that of the planet. What I mean to say is that water is very essential for keeping the body healthy and fatigue-free. Do not overdo any food or drink, even water. Everything that we put in our body should create a balance and not disturb it.
Socialize With People Not On Screen (except sharing the posts like this one)
Get out in your spare time. Meet people and talk to them. Smile. We are social animals and don’t do well in isolated conditions all the time.
Go out and reach out to some friend that you have not met in a long time. Not talking to anyone also creates stress and causes fatigue and exhaustion. Going out with your family gives you time to bond with them. It gives you a chance to talk and listen to them.
You can also share your goals with them and they can tell their stories to you. This will create a bond that will last your whole life. Sharing your thoughts with family and friends brings clarity to the subject that you talk about.
This can reduce your load of fatigue and stress. Being with positive people will bring positivity to your life and work.
Start your mornings with the thought of what you will achieve today and plan your day in sync with that thought.
If you have serious levels of fatigue and stress or if you are tired to the extent all the time that you are not able to function, then consult your doctor immediately as it may be some underlying medical issue. It is beyond the scope of this website to discuss medical issues.
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