Tired of feeling tired? Being low in energy is the worst, everything feels like a huge chore, and it has you feeling like you want to climb into bed and just be left alone. It’s easy to put tiredness down to lack of sleep due to being so busy, but actually, there are lots of different things that could come into play. Here are just a few reasons you feel constantly drained.
You Don’t Exercise Enough
Exercise is tiring, and after a long day at work, chances are the last thing you feel like doing is hitting the gym. However, while a workout will tire you out, it will also boost your fitness, endurance and strength- and over time will actually make you feel more energized.
You will have far more ‘get up and go’ and will be able to tackle your daily tasks far more easily. Just small things like if you previously got tired when walking home from the shop with bags you will find that you can now do this with ease. Housework can be hard work, scrubbing floors and windows, dragging the vacuum cleaner upstairs and putting bedding on can all take it out of you when you’ve been going for a couple of hours.
Putting time in each day to do exercises like CrossFit, or another physical activity you enjoy, will keep your body strong and healthy, and mean you don’t get so exhausted day to day. Plus, there are a million other great reasons why exercise is beneficial. It boosts mood, increases your immune system meaning you ward off certain diseases, strengthens bones- it’s just something that all of us should work on doing more of.
Your Diet is Poor, and You lack in Vitamins
Food is fuel for the body, and the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ really is true. If your diet is bad, you will feel bad, it’s as simple as that. When we’re all so busy it’s easy to reach for convenience foods, but these are always going to be high in sugars, salts, saturated fat and simple carbohydrates (it’s what makes them taste so good!). The problem with sugars and simple carbs is that they spike blood sugar, and when this starts to crash it sends strong signals to the brain to eat more sugary, high energy foods. It’s why you can end up feeling constantly hungry even though you’re eating every couple of hours- which is of course going to lead to weight gain.
Avoid crash diets and fads, you don’t even need to cut out everything that you love. But balance is so important. Aim to eat clean, unprocessed foods the majority of the time. Fresh produce, whole grains, beans, seeds and low-fat protein. Every now and again, treat yourself to something that you really fancy. It will stop you from feeling deprived, and chances are you’ll appreciate it far more too. Eating a variety of fresh and healthy foods will provide your body with everything it needs to thrive. If you’re low in certain vitamins and minerals, this can certainly constitute to feeling tired. While you should aim to eat your vitamins in the right food, taking supplements or a vitamin tablet as an insurance policy can be a good idea too. If you feel constantly tired, it could be worth being tested for anemia. Lots of leafy green, iron rich vegetables and an iron tablet will have you feeling right as rain.
You’re Not on The Right Contraception
As women, we really did draw the short straw when it comes to contraception. Not only can devices like contraceptive implants, injections or IUD devices be uncomfortable to fit, but they also release powerful hormones into the body. As we’re all different, there’s no way to know what the best kind of contraception is for you unless you try it. If you’ve noticed a correlation between tiredness and mood and starting a new form of contraception it may be worth speaking to your GP about other options. The pill is a good place to start, since not only does it help regulate periods and even helps with acne, if you find you’re not getting along with it it’s easy to come off. Unlike other forms which may have to be removed (or in the case of the injection you will have to wait for it to wear off).
The only problem is remembering to take the pills. Here is a guide to what to do if you miss taking your pill, if this is your only form of contraception it’s something worth looking into to avoid unwanted pregnancy. It can be a good idea to set a reminder in your phone for each day, so you don’t forget to take it. Hormones play a massive role in our mood and the way we feel- any woman suffering with PMS will tell you that! So if you’re feeling drained, you could well be sensitive to the hormones you’re currently on. Thankfully there are lots of other options.
You Have Undiagnosed Health Problems
Worryingly, millions of us across the world walk around with health problems without even being aware of it. Being regularly tired with no explanation is a sure sign that something isn’t right. You could be diabetic, anemic, you could be celiac, have an underactive thyroid, immune issues or something else completely. You could even be pregnant!
It’s important to discuss ongoing feelings of tiredness with your doctor so they can check that nothing else is going on. Getting you on the right treatment, or recommending some lifestyle tips might be all you need to be feeling well again.
Your Mental Health Isn’t At It’s Best
Your tiredness might actually have nothing to do with your physical health at all. Conditions like depression can cause feelings of fatigue, so if you’ve been feeling tired and also have very little drive or motivation, this could be something worth looking into. Mental health issues like anxiety can also be to blame, constant worry is exhausting and is probably impacting your sleep. This is definitely something to look into when you’re working out the reason behind your constant tiredness.
Do you find yourself constantly yawning, tired and drained of energy? Do you think any of the above points could explain your chronic tiredness?