Are you feeling pressured, overworked and wondering ‘Why do I feel so tired all the time’? If you are, it will help to understand what the causes of your fatigue are.
Why do I feel so tired all the time?
If this question has been rankling you, take a look at some of these causes of fatigue and see if they fit the bill for you.
- Stress – Too much to do, too little time, and no energy, that is called stress. Stress is one of the main culprits – it makes you feel tired all the time. Stress could be due to work pressures, health concerns, performance issues or simply lack of time. Any of these could easily sap your energy levels making you tired all the time.
- Bad diet – You are what you eat. Do you eat fast food or food on the run regularly? If you do, you are not likely to be paying much attention to the nutrition going into you. As a result of poor nutrition, your body can show signs of weariness. For instance, foods with high levels of sugar can fill you up with sudden but short-lived energy. However, the drop in energy levels is just as rapid and abrupt. To sustain it, you need to constantly consume sugary foods. This unhealthy diet will, eventually, lead to a complete drain of your energy levels.
- Inadequate and irregular sleep* – Are you working long hours? Do you watch late night movies often? If you said yes, you are probably sleeping at odd hours. Even if you get 6-8 hours of sleep, the irregular hours can tell on your system.
- Ennui – Boredom must sound like a lame excuse to feel tired. However, doing something you don’t like doing can quickly tire you of your daily schedule. The same is true if you are underemployed, or your skills are not fully utilized. Lack of inspiration and challenge can lead to ennui and depression. This will leave you feeling tired all the time.
- Bad habit – Substance abuse, drugs, and alcohol can wear you out. These habits are all the more dangerous since they can lead to addictions.
- Health issues – Do you have thyroid problems, weight issues, blood pressure fluctuations or iron deficiency? Any of these can make you feel tired very soon. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has stated that good health is not just an absence of disease. It also includes a quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and a sorrow-free soul. Now that we have identified what causes your fatigue, the next logical question is, what can you do about it? Here are a few suggestions.
What can I do to stop feeling tired all the time?
1. Lead a disciplined life
- Timeliness – Eat and sleep regularly and on time.
- Food – Ensure that what you eat has adequate nutrition. Cut out fried, sweet and unhealthy food from your diet. Breakfast is an important meal of the day – don’t skip it. Also, avoid overeating and eating late.
- Beverages – Take fresh juices and smoothies. Avoid caffeinated drinks. Drink lots of water, especially, during summer.
- Sleep – Get your required sleep (generally 6-8 hours) between 11 PM and 7 AM. This is the best time for rest.
2. Avoid overworking –
Set clear priorities at your workplace and focus on one issue at a time. Taking on too much work can, easily, stress you out. The continuous backlogs will add to your mental burden and reduce your productivity. This is a vicious cycle and will tire you physically and mentally. Instead, keep small targets; achieving them will boost your motivation and energy levels.
3. Stay away from electronic devices
- Off-hours – Try to stay away from all gadgets – your tablet, cell phone, laptop, and television, whenever you can. You don’t realize it at the time, but these deaden your senses and sap your energy.
- Old is gold – It is not a bad idea to try to take a few steps backward when it comes to lifestyle. Use a diary and pen instead of an organizer or play board games instead of computer games to unwind. You will find your weariness wear away.
- Get your daily quota of exercise
4. Have you been trying to solve a personal or professional problem in vain for a long time?
Facing repeated failure can make you mentally tired. At such moments, take a step backward and re-organize your priorities. Try different pursuits. Once you face success in something else, you will feel confident and energetic enough to deal with your original issue – perhaps with a new angle or idea. Walk, jog, run, trek and play outdoor games. Also, include yoga asanas in your daily schedule. These will energize and relax you at the same time! Yoga has the power to evoke your natural exuberance and joy. This will get rid of the tiredness in your body and mind.
5. Take a break –
It could be a short walk outside your office post lunch or a weekend getaway or even a longer excursion away from the daily rut. Every single person needs a change of scene. This will help you get perspective and renewed energy to get back to your day-to-day pursuits. Also, long hours in front of a screen can exhaust you. You might not have time to leave your desk. Sukshma Yoga or desktop yoga exercises are the perfect remedies in such cases. They can help you relax in a short time, getting rid of your visible and invisible weariness.
6. Include meditation and breathing exercises in your life –
Meditation has the power to rejuvenate and relax you, making you more efficient and effective. It also makes you aware and alive. While sleep and rest can help reinvigorate your tired body, meditation rests your mind and soul. So even the latent exhaustion is taken care of for you. Pranayama or breathing exercises have the same power and influence over your system. They nourish and energize you with the single most powerful and natural tool at your disposal – your breath. If you are having trouble sleeping because of weariness, you can try some of these tips to sleep well.
If none of these tips help you feel better, it would be best to consult an Ayurvedic doctor for a customized solution. You could also try the Happiness Program. The Art of Living’s Happiness program is an experience that energizes you and gets you in touch with your true self. Through a harmonious mix of yoga asanas, meditation and breathing exercises like the Sudarshan Kriya, you discover your inner spirit. It can be your powerful getaway to dispel all your causes of fatigue.
~ by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar