June 11, 2014

Why Am I Always Tired?

As I sit here at 9:30pm on a Tuesday night, writing this blog post, I could hardly keep my eyes open. It's how I felt all day, probably since around 3pm. I woke up around 10:30, didn't get out of bed till 11:15 and by the time I sat at my computer, showered and ready for the day, it was 12noon. 

By the time 3pm rolled around, I was exhausted. I felt so tired I could've cried. I tried to wake myself up with ice cold water, some iced coffee, a snack of pita chips and hummus but nothing worked. I laid down on the couch around 5pm and took a mini cat nap. I woke up a little while after, ate dinner and then finally felt a little refreshed. I felt like I got a second wind.

That is, until a little while ago when overwhelming fatigue hit me.

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This has been a constant, annoying cycle for the past few weeks. I'm constantly tired, whether I get three hours of sleep or 13 hours. It never ends, I'm always tired and it's not good. I feel less motivated, less productive. It's annoying and frustrating.

My mom told me it's because I'm sitting in my house doing nothing, which makes sense. I wake up everyday, eat breakfast, have coffee and sit at my dining room table blogging and applying for jobs. I rarely leave my house post grad and it's really unhealthy. 

It feel like it has to be more than just not being active, but that must have a lot to do with it. A few weeks ago, when this tiredness became recognizable I stumbled upon this great, useful Her Campus article "Always Tired? What Causes Fatigue and What to Do About It". 

It was an eyeopener, ladies, let me tell you.

Basically the article gave a list of reasons of why you're always tired, i.e: stress hormones, lack of good quality sleep, poor nutrition, depression, anxiety, and some other health related problems. I definitely suffer from most of those, especially the poor nutrition and anxiety.

Sometimes when my anxiety is really bad, I can't sleep and toss and turn. I'll wake up in the middle of the night, hyperventilating because of some random anxiety that I can't get rid of. It really sucks and throws off my entire sleeping schedule and rest of the day.

They also gave some good, really helpful tips to battle fatigue which are good to try but might be easier said than done. Relieving stress, eating better and try to sleep longer--those seem like simple tasks but in reality they aren't.

All of those, especially eating healthier is something you have to be consciously aware of and try to make an active change. 

The article explains that carbs are a no-no because they are empty calories and leave you feeling hungry soon after eating. Peanut butter and eggs are great protein in the morning and help give you more energy. 

I definitely fall short in the nutrition section and the article suggests taking Vitamin D, B and iron. I definitely need to make my way to the health food store and stock up on vitamins. 

This is something I really need figure out and change in my life because it's start to irritate me beyond belief.

Do you have any suggestions for not feeling tired? Do you suffer from this problem as well? Tell me in the comments!


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