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5 Things People Feeling Tired All the Time Would Understand (And 7 Ways To Regain Energy)

5 Things People Feeling Tired All the Time Would Understand (And 7 Ways To Regain Energy)

Feeling tired all the time? You are not alone. Research shows that many people feel wiped out — emotionally, mentally, and physically. However, don’t despair. Experts have several recommendations for what you can do besides drinking coffee all day long and taking medication to fall asleep.

It’s also important to note that it is not so much how long we sleep (even though medical experts recommend 7-8 hours) but the quality of that slumber. Sleep quality has an enormous effect on your energy levels. If you have a partner that keeps you awake by snoring or tossing too much, Dr. Phillips recommends “kicking” your partner our of bed for seven days so that you can reestablish your sleep patterns.

What can be causing perpetual tiredness? According to Holly Phillips, MD, we don’t need just to accept it. In her book The Exhaustion Breakthrough, she discusses hidden causes of fatigue and exhaustion.

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1. A lack of energy can be the result of common medical conditions such as anemia, thyroid hormones dysfunction, or gastrointestinal disorders.

People suffering from thyroid disorders may exhibit the following symptoms: feeling like you don’t have the energy to exercise or not exercising on a consistent basis; a heavy or tired head, especially in the afternoon (your head is a very sensitive indicator of thyroid hormone status); and falling asleep as soon as you sit down without a task. Other conditions have similar symptoms that can add to general fatigue or frequent drowsiness.

2. What you eat might be making you tired.

Certain types of foods and beverages can make you tired. For example, while coffee is full of antioxidants and other nutrients and while it gives you a quick boost of energy, returns diminish with each additional cup. It becomes a sort of endless cycle.

3. If you are already suffering from anxiety or depression, fatigue may be part of your illness.

Depression can be really debilitating and sometimes it can be so severe that it’s a struggle to even get out of bed. People who are depressed often lack motivation and have stopped doing their favorite activities like exercising or seeing friends.

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4. Experiencing chronic stress can make you tired and unable to sleep due to obsessive thoughts that you are not able to get rid off.

Chronic stress has become an epidemic and it can contribute to major illnesses such as heart problems, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, and even cancer. Don’t underestimate how stress can affect your life and find ways to manage stress more effectively such as adopting a meditation practice and taking time to nurture yourself.

5. Certain types of medication can also be the culprit.

These may include: anti-anxiety medicines, antidepressants, high blood pressure medicines, and statin medicines for high cholesterol. Consult with your doctor regarding side effects of medication.

Could any of those reasons be why you’re tired? Read on for what you can do to get back on track:

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1. Get some sunlight and fresh air, even if you live in a cold climate.

Ten minutes out of doors is all it takes to leave you feeling rejuvenated. This will also help to clear your mind and help to replenish “feel good hormones” that prevent depression. Vitamin D also helps to prevent depression symptoms from becoming chronic.

2. Listen to upbeat music.

Listening to upbeat music will get your blood flowing quicker. In this way, you will also be able to focus on something other than your obsessive thoughts and see things in a new life.

3. Get some light exercise, such as taking a brisk walk.

It can be as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood. Sometimes we think we are tired physically while in fact we could just be drained from obsessive thinking or worrying too much. Seeing beauty around us can be refreshing.

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4. Attend to your personal grooming.

Schedule a hair appointment or pamper yourself with pedicure or manicure. It will also encourage you to leave the house and socialize. By taking care of yourself you will also feel better about yourself. You are NOT your illness.

5. Clean up a little.

Get up from your desk and clean it. Or do the dishes. This change in routine will boost your energy level. Sitting for extended periods of time may also make you feel anxious or depressed.

6. Run a quick errand.

Visit your bank or post office and you will also feel good checking something off your “to do” list. This will help you feel that you in control of your life.

7. Eat healthy, nutritious snacks.

It’s tempting to resort to chocolate, cookies, or coffee in a crunch, but this will have a short term effect. Instead, reach for berries, spinach, black beans, or peppers. Salad or a fruit smoothie will also help you get over the mid-afternoon slump and help you regain energy.

Featured photo credit: I’m so tired! / Gwen Quinlan via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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