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It seems like a lot of people (myself included, sometimes!) complain that they always feel tired, even when they get enough sleep. I know sometimes I just feel so ‘blah’ and un-energetic, it’s hard to feel motivated to work or get stuff done.
We’re so quick to blame our ‘busy lifestyles’ for our fatigue problems – and sometimes we’re at least partially right. But a lot of the time, there are other problems that we may not realize. I’m not a doctor and this isn’t a complete list of every reason why you could feel tired. If you feel like something is seriously wrong, you should go see your doctor.
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So here is a list of 10 reasons that might be to blame for your lack of energy:
1.) You’re not moving.
“An object at rest stays at rest…” There’s a reason why you feel like you have more energy after physical activity. Sitting for a long period of time puts your body in a sluggish state, making it hard for you to snap out of and feel energetic.
If you’re feeling like this, get up and take a quick walk to get the energy flowing again. Walking won’t only help your body feel more energetic, it will also help clear your mind and get your creative juices flowing again.
You might like: How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise
2.) You’re dehydrated.
Dehydration can cause you to feel tired and lazy. Your body is made up of mostly water so when water is lacking, your body can’t function properly.
If you think you might be dehydrated, drink a cold glass of water and you should feel an instant energy boost. It’s recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water daily.
3.) Your friends are vampires.
If you’re hanging out with people who are chronically negative, they could be sucking out your energy. It’s emotionally draining to hear constant negativity, whining, complaining, etc. This negativity is literally contagious – not only will it bring down your mood, but it can make you feel physically tired as well.
If you have negative people like this in your life, you should probably stop spending time with them, if possible. But if it’s not possible to totally avoid them, try to limit the amount of time you’re around them. When the negative person is a co-worker, a family member, or someone else that you’re forced to be around all the time, it can be more complicated. Maybe you should just confront them when they’re killing your vibe – just kindly ask them to stop being such a Negative Nelly!
You might like: 5 Tips to Help You Stop Being a People-Pleaser
4.) You don’t wake up early enough.
If you’re someone who can’t stop hitting snooze in the morning, then that might be why you always feel tired. In this study conducted by Harvard, they found out that people who wake up earlier are (basically) just way more productive and successful than people who wake up later.
For tips on how to wake up earlier and become a morning person read this post here.
You might also like: How to Create Your Own Perfect Morning Routine (Free Worksheet)
5.) You’re stressed out.
Obviously, anxiety isn’t a good thing. It has many negative side effects, including exhaustion.
There are many things you can do to de-stress. Try yoga, meditation, a relaxing bath, journaling. Different things work for different people so just do what you need to do to help you relax.
Here are a few posts that might help you with anxiety and stress:
- How to Reduce Stress and Become More Positive
- 40 Ways to Manage Anxiety
- 5 Ways to Stop a Panic Attack in Its Tracks
6.) You eat a lot of junk.
Sure, sugar gives you energy right after you eat it. But once that wears off, it actually makes you feel totally un-energetic. A diet full of junk food is sure to leave you feeling like a slug.
If you think this could be the reason for your fatigue, check out this list from Woman’s Day of 52 super-foods to incorporate into your diet instead of unhealthy foods.
7.) You have a vitamin deficiency.
One very common cause for feelings of sluggishness, fatigue, or exhaustion is a vitamin deficiency. Deficiencies in iron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12, for instance, could cause a lack of energy.
A couple of solutions to this problem is to improve your eating habits – make sure you’re eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Or you could start taking a good multivitamin. Just make sure that you consult with your doctor before you begin taking any new vitamins or supplements!
8.) Something more serious could be wrong.
Sometimes fatigue is a sign of a bigger problem. Feeling tired or worn out all the time is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders, anemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and other health problems than many women suffer from.
Again, if you feel like you might have one of these problems (or a different one) you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Remember that nothing can take the place of visiting an actual physician; so don’t try to diagnose yourself if you think something is wrong!
Do you find yourself feeling tired frequently? What do you think could be causing it?