3 Reasons Why You May Be Tired

Young Woman ThinkingWe all live busy lives and suffer low energy from time to time. It may be due to common culprits like low nutrient levels (think potassium or iron), leading a sedentary lifestyle, or poor diet (too much sugar or caffeine).  But then there are some reasons for tiredness that we may not have thought of like:

Your attitude

Let’s say you’re a perfectionist, this mindset is going to make you work harder and longer than necessary. You may have set such unrealistic goals for yourself that not only are you not going to achieve them but will be left feeling tired and overwhelmed.

And for all those worry warts out there here’s one more reason to learn to chill: you literally wear yourself out with worry.  Worry warts are people that expect the worst which will only make them mentally and eventually physically exhausted.

Not enough water

Health.com interviewed Amy Goodson, a dietician at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medium who explained, “Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs.”

The end result? You feel wore out.  Even though the government sets eight glasses of water as a standard, you do well to factor in your weight, your workout, and even the weather, especially in hot sweaty months.

Too much exercise

We have to strike a balance between getting the right amount of exercise and not going too far. To overtax the body physically is just as bad as being overtaxed emotionally or mentally.   You could begin to experience fatigue, have trouble sleeping, and have a spike in cortisol, a stress hormone.  High levels of cortisol over long periods of time puts the body in constant alert which makes you feel amped up, even at bedtime when you should be getting much needed sleep.

Solutions

Usually, adjusting different aspects of our lifestyle will correct the problem mentioned above.

  • Perfectionists?  Start setting reasonable goals and let the rest be until another day.
  • Chronic worriers do what you can to correct or plan for situations, then exhale. Start realizing that the worst case scenario usually never happens anyway.
  • If you are bad at remembering to drink water, it may be easier to drink a full glass of water at mealtimes and increase from there. What if you don’t like water?  Try to trick yourself by drinking tea or lemonade.
  • And for the exercise ninjas, begin skipping a couple of days in between. This practice will give your body rest.
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