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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 October 6, 2020

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

Is it time to make some changes in your life? It just might be. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.

Here are some signs it’s time to change your life.

1. Every week, you cannot wait for Friday.

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    Fridays are fun, but one thing I’ve discovered in my quest to find and do work I absolutely love is that almost every day can be really fun. If you’re saving all your living for the weekends, it’s time to truly think about your lifestyle and consider making some changes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to have plans you look forward to on the weekends, but what if you could have that excited Friday feeling most, if not all, days of the week? It takes a lot of self-discovery and work, but it’s truly possible to live a life you love—even on Mondays.

    2. You live for your vacations.

    Vacations are great, but what’s even better is building a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. As Seth Godin said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Vacations are fun and exciting, but even better is building a life where you have the potential to do what lights you up many weeks of the year, not just your two allotted vacation weeks.

    3. When you stop and think about it, you’re really not focusing your life on your priorities.

    Write down your 3 top priorities. Then write down the 3 things you focus most of your life on. Are you spending your time living your top priorities? Consistently spending time doing what matters most to you is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled in your life. If you’re not focusing your life on what’s important to you, it’s time to make some changes.

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    4. You have no idea what lights you up, and you don’t have the space in your life to discover it.

    If you haven’t found your passion in your current life, you’re not going to find it if you continue to do your same routine, over and over, year after year. In order to discover what lights you up, start by creating the space in your life to seek it. Give yourself time to figure out who you are, what your strengths are, and what picques your interest. Experiment with learning new things, spending time with inspiring people, and doing more of what excites you and less of the things that suck your energy.

    5. You’re frequently jealous.

    If you find yourself frequently feeling jealous of someone, there are 3 changes to consider making:

    1. Make a point to focus on your path instead of his or her journey. Sometimes this involves taking a break from social media.
    2. Get inspired from the person you’re jealous of, and work toward a similar goal in your life.
    3. Decide what the other person has is not something you are willing to put in the effort to achieve, so you’ll cheer him or her on but choose to not be jealous.

    When you are feeling jealous, consider why you want what the other person has, and what your motives are. Living a life on your terms, focused on your priorities, passions, and strengths, will provide you with much more fulfillment than trying to be somebody else.

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    6. You can’t remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone.

    According to Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Your life can become even more amazing if you stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start, try the tips in this article about small ways to step out of your comfort zone.

    Life is too short to spend your years not living to your full potential. If you decide you’re ready to change your life, I encourage you to start taking small action steps toward the life you want to live. Keep moving forward.

    Check out this video if you’re ready to make a change in life:

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