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Are You Tired or Exhausted?

By Donna Stark

It's easy to tell the difference between some mild soreness and a whole lot of pain. And it's also easy to tell if you are hungry for just a snack or starving for an entire meal. So, you would think it would be simple to know the difference between feeling a little fatigued and hitting that brick wall of exhaustion, right? Well, for some people it is, but for those who like to burn the candle at both ends and fill their days with one activity after the next, the line between the two can be blurred. And when that happens, their overall health may be compromised.

Don't Let Fatigue Turn Into Complete Exhaustion

Whether we had a late night, woke up extra early, or worked really hard, we all know how it feels to be tired. But feeling tired isn't the same as becoming exhausted. Exhaustion can lead to significant health issues, such as an increased risk of depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, and heart issues. That's why it's important to be on the lookout for the following red flags.

  • You're always tired - Do you wake up each morning feeling just as tired as you did when you went to bed? How many times do you allow yourself to hit the snooze button? If you struggle to wake up and continue to feel extremely tired throughout the day, you may be pushing your body to the brink of exhaustion.
  • Your mood swings are off the charts - Exhaustion doesn't just affect your body physically. You can have mental exhaustion too! And when you combine the two, your mood swings may become extremely erratic. If you are constantly feeling irritable and angry, and are taking it out on those you love, exhaustion may be your culprit.
  • You aren't productive - Speaking of mental exhaustion, when your brain is overworked you may end up struggling at work or school. You may find it hard to concentrate, focus, think clearly, and be creative. You may even feel more confused than ever before too. It's vital that you rest your brain as often as you rest your body.
  • Your health is declining - You already know how much harder it is to work when you are tired, right? Well, the same can be said for your immune system. An exhausted body will have a more difficult time fighting illness and disease, so make sure you plan on prioritizing your rest!

Know the Difference

To avoid hitting the proverbial brick wall of exhaustion, you need to recognize the red flags when they appear. And when they do, you have to slow down, prioritize your health, and get the rest your body is screaming for!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.

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