3 Reasons You're Totally Out of Energy
By Genevieve Cunningham
It probably seems like fatigue is part of the norm. It seems as though as we age, exhaustion just comes with the territory. We suddenly find ourselves with too much to do and not enough time to do it. While it can seem perfectly normal to be tired (and sometimes it is!), excessive fatigue may also be indicative of something more going on in your body. Take a look at these three reasons that you may be completely wiped out, followed by what you can do about it.
If you’re really tired all of the time, it might be time to get your iron levels checked. Low iron levels, also known as anemia, can cause extreme fatigue along with chest pains, headaches, and insomnia. The good news is that if this is the cause of your exhaustion, it’s fairly easy to remedy. Just get to the doctor for some guidance and a supplement. They’ll let you know how much to take and for how long, and will be able to monitor your levels to keep you healthy.
If you’re suffering from depression, extreme fatigue may accompany other troubling symptoms. Depression is different for everyone, but most patients complain of the exhaustion. Other symptoms might include feelings of worthlessness, inexplicable pain in the body, headaches, changes in sleeping habits, and in extreme cases, thoughts of self harm. The solution? Get some help from a professional! A doctor will be able to guide you through the depression with therapy, medication, and other suggestions to get you feeling your best again.
Everyone has stress. It’s definitely a part of life that we can’t escape. But, excessive stress can really cause your fatigue to get out of control. If you’re feeling more tired than normal, check your current stress levels first. If yours has been heightened recently, try to manage stress with some simple techniques. Go on vacation, take a day off, get rid of a few responsibilities, get a massage, exercise … there are a million ways to help lower stress levels. Choose one that suits you and give it a go.
Fatigue happens, and that’s completely fine. But, you don’t have to live with exhaustion, especially when it may have a cause that is easily remedied. If you suspect that one of these problems is causing your fatigue, get the help you need and get back on top of your game before you know it.