Let’s start with the fact that there are healthy reasons to feel tired and there are unhealthy reasons to feel tired. Feeling tired after working out, going on a run or participating in an extracurricular activity is healthy. Feeling tired after sleeping for 10-hours and not exerting yourself throughout the day is unhealthy. If you are feeling tired all the time, it is a good sign that you are feeling tired for an unhealthy reason. This could be a sign that you are not taking care of yourself, pretending to be something you are not, loathing something about your life, or feeling stagnant in your progress.
1. Not Taking Care of Yourself
Feeling tired all the time could be a sign that you are not taking care of yourself. Just like your favorite luxury vehicle, you need regular oil changes, high-quality fuel, and regular maintenance to keep your car running optimally. Likewise, you need to take care of yourself to feel recharged and energized.
Start by getting enough sleep. Are you sleeping the recommended 8-hours a day? If not, this could be the easiest change you can make in your life. Ensure that you eat food that is full of nutrients. All energy is not created equal, so even if you eat the same number of calories, you will get more energy from fruits and vegetables than you will from cake and ice cream. If you are not ready to change your diet, start by taking more vitamins. Lastly, consider what your ideal weight should be and make a plan to achieve it. If your body is carrying around extra baggage, it can negatively impact your sleep, joints, and organs.
2. Pretending to Be Something You Are Not
Mental exertion can exhaust you too. If you feel tired shortly after you start working, then you may be exerting a significant amount of mental energy with your coworkers. Acting in an unnatural manner is like living a lie, and you don’t want to be caught. It takes less energy to be true to yourself. When you do what comes naturally to you, it is like you are operating on autopilot. Being true to yourself can save your mental energy for important decisions.
Ideally, interactions with coworkers or family members would be as natural as blinking or brushing your teeth. You say what comes to your mind, and there is nothing for you to consciously consider.
3. You Loathe Something About Your Life
Stress is a real thing, but all stress is not bad. Some common causes of acute stress are losing a job, going through a divorce, or the death of a loved one. As you see, these examples are unique circumstances that should not happen on a regular basis. However, when stress has you feeling tired all the time, then you are dealing with stress related to activities you perform daily.
Two ways to deal with chronic stress in your life are to remove the stress or manage the stress. When an aspect of your life causes you to feel stressed on a daily basis, it should be removed from your life if possible. If not, then focus on what excites you the most about your job or relationships to reduce the stress they create. If all else fails, limit your interactions until you can eliminate them altogether.
4. Progress Has Stopped
Feeling stagnant in your life is exhausting. You feel like a hamster running on its wheel and getting nowhere. As mentioned, there is little more deflating than the feeling that you are not growing, especially if you are putting in the effort to achieve the results you desire. If you deal with this feeling long enough, you won’t just stop running on the wheel; you will stop running altogether.
As simple as it sounds, you need to change the rituals and habits you employ each day to change your life. The actions and decisions that created your life today will not be able to create the life you want. The same holds true with your life goals. If you are not progressing toward the results you desire, you may need to research and learn how to change your habits and rituals to achieve them.
In conclusion, feeling tired all the time is a sign that something needs to change in your life. If you are not taking care of yourself, living a lie, feeling stressed, or feeling stagnant, then that could be the cause of your exhaustion. Take action to address the root cause of your fatigue, and you’ll be feeling better in no time!