You may be asking yourself, “Why am I always tired? Why can’t I seem to get out of this low-energy fog?” First of all, you’re not alone. Fatigue is a common problem and can manifest as feeling tired physically and/or mentally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 15.3% of women and 10.1% of men regularly feel very tired or exhausted.
We all know that feeling exhausted reduces our ability to work effectively, manage day-to-day routines, and maintain family and social relationships. Extreme fatigue can cause us to be more prone to irritability and mood swings.
If you are frequently tired, the first thing to think about is your lifestyle. In particular, see if any of the following apply to you:
- You’re not getting enough quality sleep.
- You’re very stressed.
- You’re not eating a balanced diet.
- You’re dehydrated.
- You’re mostly sedentary and not getting enough exercise.
Do your symptoms only show up during seasonal changes? It may be more than just a “seasonal funk” to endure. According to Psychology Today, Seasonal Affective Disorder affects approximately 10M Americans and another 10-20% may even have a milder form this diagnosable form of depression.
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