It’s easy to get used to be tired all the time.
People who suffer from chronic tiredness often believe there is not much they can do about it.
However, a close look at some of your everyday habits may reveal that you have at least a one bad habit that is contributing to your feeling of tiredness.
See if any of the following apply to you.
1) Sugar Overload
A high sugar or high carbohydrate diet contributes to tiredness in a few ways. First, carbohydrates, particularly the refined type found in desserts, candy and sugary drinks, sends your blood sugar soaring and then crashing, causing you to feel tired.
If you want to sustain energy throughout the day, choose more snacks that contain protein, such as nuts, peanut butter, cheese or yogurt.
You will also do better with complex carbohydrates (whole grains) than with refined carbohydrates like white rice, white flour and pasta.
Caffeine is another easy fix when you feel tired. You may have conditioned yourself to believe that you can’t function without your morning cup of coffee, and maybe you need another in the late morning and yet another in the mid-afternoon.
Caffeine is indeed a stimulant, but like sugar, it will send you up and then crashing down. Caffeine also stimulates the release of the “fight or flight” hormone adrenaline, which causes anxiety and a burst of energy that will burn out fast.
It may be difficult to wean yourself off of caffeine, but it can be done.
Start with black tea, which has some caffeine but less than coffee. From there try to switch to decaffeinated coffee or tea. Some herbal teas can also be energizing without caffeine.
Teas like red zinger, ginger or licorice tea have flavors that provide a “kick” without the adrenaline rush. Be careful with licorice tea if you have high blood pressure though.
3) Not Moving Enough
A sedentary lifestyle will drain you of energy as well. If you sit behind a desk all day, you may not realize that your mental fatigue has become physical.
While it may be tempting to take a nap or sit on the couch watching television after a mentally draining day at work, in reality that will just perpetuate your tiredness. Instead, get up and move – even if it’s just for ten or fifteen minutes.
When you feel lethargic after sitting for long hours, try some light weight lifting, take a brisk walk or dance for a bit to your favorite music.
You can do this any time throughout the day whenever you start to feel drained instead of reaching for a sugary snack or another cup of coffee.
Even ten minutes of moving will give you more energy than ten minutes of not moving.
4) Negativity And Complaining
Do you see your glass as half full or half empty?
Chronic negativity and complaining is practically an epidemic in our stress-filled modern world, but many people are not even aware of how negative they can be.
You may believe that you have a reason for your negativity. After all (for example), your job is boring, your spouse doesn’t spend time with you and you have too many things to do in a day.
Most of us can find things to complain about, but if negative thoughts are not balanced with positive thinking and uplifting emotions, you will end up feeling very drained and tired.
Similarly, if you find that the people around you are chronically negative, consider spending less time with them. The energy they are putting out is toxic and will steal your energy quickly.
This doesn’t mean you should not have compassion for your friends or loved ones if they are going through a hard time. It just means that you need to make enough time to recharge and focus on the things in life that are positive and that make you feel good.
It’s hard to have energy for things you don’t enjoy.
Do you enjoy your job or the activities that you do each day?
If you find that you are suffering from job burnout or you’re in a rut, this may be the reason for you tiredness. Maybe it’s time for a change.
Even if you can’t change jobs right away or if you have daily responsibilities that you can’t escape, you can try to find something new and interesting to incorporate into your daily or work routine.
Ask your boss if you can work on a new project or do some volunteer work during the day.
If you’re a student or stay-at-home mom, maybe taking an art, yoga or aerobics class will give you something to look forward to. Learn something new!
Everyone is different, but if you want to avoid burnout that can lead to chronic fatigue, it’s up to you to decide what will give you more energy.
You will be more successful in increasing your energy permanently if you learn all you can about the causes of fatigue and get as many ideas for overcoming it as possible.
One way to do this is by reading the “End Tiredness Program” ebook.