Are you feeling rather tired lately? Has your “get up and go” just “got up and went”? Do you feel like, if you ran on battery power, that your battery is badly in need of a charge?
Are you too tired to be inspired?
If so, then it might be time to pause and take a look at what is happening with you. There are some questions you can ask yourself to get start “getting a handle” on what has you so wiped out.
Is this a recent development?
Sometimes it helps to come up with a time line of how long you have felt this way. Then you can see if any new stress started near that time. Or perhaps there was a change in medication? Maybe there was a life event such as an operation, a birth, a death, a separation or divorce. The time line is important for making sense of what is happening to you.
Are you currently experiencing an unusual amount of stress?
Stress can cause all sorts of symptoms. Headaches, body aches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, mood swings, and general tiredness and malaise are some symptoms that might be exhibited during times of increased stress.
Though stress can’t always be avoided; there are some things that may help; such as physical exercise (like walking or riding bike), relaxation techniques, deep breathing, meditation and prayer.
Are you feeling physically ill?
Physical illness can cause a general tiredness and malaise. If you suffer from allergies or sinus problems; you may feel very tired and wiped out. Chronic pain can also be a trigger for lack of energy and enthusiasm. Depression can be a cause of chronic lack of energy; or a symptom of something else that is going on in your life.
Are you depressed?
Depression can be the cause of a variety of symptoms similar to the ones caused by stress. Everyone has a sad day once in a while; but depression is different. It goes beyond normal sadness and can last for months or years. It interferes with every aspect of the depressed individual’s life.
Depression can destroy relationships, families, marriages, and it may even take a life through suicide or homicide. If you suspect you are depressed, please see a doctor and talk about what you are feeling. Perhaps counseling or medications could be helpful.
What are you eating?
There is a saying that goes “Garbage in, garbage out”. If you desire to be healthy, it is important to eat healthy foods.
If you filled the gas tank in your car with water instead of gasoline, you wouldn’t get very far, would you? If you mixed water with the gas; your car engine would most likely start to miss, sputter or stop.
You need pure gasoline for your car to run smoothly, and you need good, healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables for your body to run smoothly.
What are you drinking?
Everyone knows it is also important to pay attention to what we eat; but many don’t pay attention to what they drink.
Too much alcohol can be a depressant, and make one tired and unmotivated. Highly sugered drinks such as fruit juices and soda may cause a little energy spike; but it is usually quickly followed by a let down or crash.
The best drink for your body is water. You can infuse it with lemon or fresh fruit or mix with a small amount of baking soda or apple cider vinegar for better hydration.
Have you started taking a new medication?
There are side effects with many medications; and they often include tiredness or drowsiness. They can sometimes cause us to be bloated or constipated. Some medications cause a general unwell feeling that causes us to lose our energy.
Read the labels and check for side effects and drug interactions. Ask your doctor if any of the medications you are taking could be the cause of your lack of energy and motivation.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Getting enough sleep is crucial to our overall health and well being. As we get older, we require more sleep; but our ability to get a good nights sleep may be changing for the worse.
We may have trouble falling asleep; or trouble staying asleep. Our sleep may be interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom. Chronic pain may interfere with our sleep patterns. For some tips to a better nights sleep; please see my post:
Are you taking a new supplement?
Supplements may side effects, too. They usually aren’t as severe as they are with prescription medications; but they could cause some symptoms. Do research before taking a new supplement, and make sure your doctor knows.
However, B12 can be beneficial as far as feeling tired is concerned. Taking a B complex with C can help with energy. I notice the difference if I run out and don’t take mine for a few days. Here is what I take.
Have you lost your motivation?
Feeling physically tired or emotionally distressed can deplete your motivation. Sometimes we just feel immobilized and feel like we can’t do what needs done.
The best thing to do in this situation is just find something small and DO IT. If you do something, no matter how small or insignificant; it will help motivate you to do another small task; and eventually you will find yourself tackling the larger ones.
Make a list in order of importance. Then select a quick or easy task to complete. When it is done, cross it off the list. This seemingly insignificant action will make you feel like you have accomplished something. With each crossed off task; you will feel your motivation returning. Try it and see. You may find some tips in these posts:
When was your last physical?
It is important to get regular physical examinations; especially as we get older. Your physician may be able to diagnose some problem you are having and treat it accordingly. Underlying illnesses are sometimes found by routine blood tests, etc. If found and treated early ; diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease take less of a toll on our body.
I hope you have found something within this post that will give you understanding, and the motivation to conquer your tiredness.
It is my desire to inspire you to complete small steps, one at a time, leading ever upward toward the fulfillment of your goals.
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