Feeling Tired All the Time? Find Out Why

Feeling tired after a busy day or following a strenuous workout is perfectly normal and should be expected, but if you find yourself feeling exhausted at all times of the day and are struggling with your energy levels, it’s a sign that all is not well. The problem with fatigue is that it can have so many different causes, both physical and psychological. It’s important to get to the bottom of why you feel overtired though, so you can take steps to improve the way you feel. Start with the most common causes and see if lifestyle changes are what you need, before considering more complex reasons for your fatigue.

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You’re doing too much
It may sound obvious, but are you feeling tired because you’re trying to fit too many things into your life? Women do have very busy lives these days and are often juggling family, home, and career, with virtually no time to relax. It’s not just the physical efforts of the day, but the stresses that can affect you, so taking a look at how you live is the best first step to take. It isn’t always easy to make adjustments to your routine, and the tendency is to keep going, rather than taking time to look at how you could improve things for yourself. If you’re struggling to find time to analyze your life and find solutions to your overload problem, you need to make it a priority and book an appointment with yourself, just the same as you would with a doctor or dentist. Getting to the root of why you feel tired will make a big difference to your wellbeing and happiness, so it will be time well spent.
How to stop doing too much
Make a list of everything you do throughout the day, and note against each activity how stressed you feel. Once you’ve completed your list, see what you are doing that causes you the most stress, and look at how you could make some changes. For example, if it’s the school run that is your stress highpoint each day, what can you do to alleviate the pressure? Think about things like how much the kids are helping or hindering your schedule – do they get themselves ready or just rely on you to do everything for them? If you have little ones that need you to get them ready, are you preparing everything the night before so that the mornings are less of a mad rush? Getting up ten minutes earlier might sound like an odd way to prevent tiredness, but if it ensures that you have an ordered start to the day and no issues with rushing about because you’re late again, those ten minutes will be a good investment. If you are in a position to, you could arrange a taxi for the kids rather than taking them yourself. There are always ways around these sorts of problems if you take the time to look at them closely. If you find you can’t come up with any ways to make positive changes, ask a friend to have a look with you. An outside eye can often spot things that you, being in the middle of the situation, can’t.
Are you looking after yourself?
You might be fed up of hearing it, but a good diet, exercise and spending time relaxing and doing things for yourself are the foundations of a happy, less stressful life. The trouble is, when you’re so busy, it can be hard to make your own well-being a priority. You grab a coffee whenever you feel like you need an energy boost instead of eating and drinking sensibly throughout the day; work through lunch rather than taking a walk or relaxing with a good book; Have a glass of wine in the evenings and fall asleep on the couch instead of getting some fresh air and going to bed at a sensible time. Everyone falls into these kinds of habits, and it takes effort to break free of them, but the rewards of looking after yourself are well worth the effort. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll find any number of good quality websites that will help you take control of your health and show you how to make changes that will benefit your wellbeing.
Still feeling exhausted?
If lifestyle changes aren’t making you feel less tired, then there may be a medical reason behind your fatigue. There aren’t many illnesses that don’t make you feel tired, so as a lone symptom it won’t help you get to the cause. You need to think about any other symptoms you’re feeling, and remember it could be something that you’ve gotten used to because it started so gradually, for example, increased urination, or vague feelings of nausea. Some of the more common conditions that cause fatigue include:
·         Hormone imbalance. Most frequently due to the menopause if you’re in mid-life, but can also occur for other reasons. Check your symptoms, particularly any change in your menstrual cycle, and visit the doctor for confirmation. Hormone replacement therapies provided by specialist clinics like BodyLogicMD can be very effective in reducing the effects of hormonal imbalance, for whatever reason they have arisen.
·         Iron deficiency. Having a low red blood count will make you feel very tired indeed, but is easily addressed by having a blood test for anaemia, and thereafter taking a supplement to restore your iron to healthy levels.
·         Diabetes. Type II diabetes is an increasing problem after mid-life, and the symptoms typically come on very slowly. If you feel like you need to drink more than normal and consequently need to visit the bathroom more often, it’s worth having a blood glucose test to establish whether you are diabetic. Treatment and lifestyle changes can keep diabetes under control very effectively, so don’t be afraid of this diagnosis

There are many more possible medical reasons why you feel tired all the time, and if you’ve made changes to reduce your workload and stress levels and are still struggling, it’s always best to consult your doctor to find out what’s going on.

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