In a world where being ‘busy’ is almost a status symbol of your success, it’s no wonder that fatigue affects us all. But if ‘feeling tired’ is always your reason for saying no to events, then you may need to consider what’s affecting your energy levels.
It might be obvious, but if you are always tired then the first thing to address is your sleep cycle.
7-8 hours is the recommended amount of sleep we should be aiming for each night, but this can vary from person to person. If you struggle to fall asleep at bedtime, why could that be? Do you spend all evening scrolling through social media apps? Do you check work emails late at night?
Try limiting your screen time after dinner — the blue light from your phone or device can affect your quality of sleep. And if anxious thoughts are keeping you up at night, try practising meditation or mindfulness to calm your brain’s chattering.
Getting poor quality sleep, or not enough sleep can affect your energy levels during the day. If this is the case, it may be helpful to improve your sleep by establishing a bedtime routine.
Eating heavily processed foods, such as refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, can make us feel overly tired and sluggish. Try to eat healthy, balanced meals at regular times each day to ensure you’re getting all the essential nutrients you need to keep energy levels consistent.
Food is fuel for our bodies and minds. Choosing food high in nutritional value should help you stay healthy and energised.
Keep in mind that if you follow a restricted diet, you may be missing out on essential nutrients that could affect energy levels. If you are vegetarian or vegan, consider taking a Vitamin B supplement — B vitamins are usually found in meat, fish, dairy and eggs, and (Vitamin B12 in particular) can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Low iron intake can also contribute to tiredness, so consider speaking to your doctor to see whether taking an iron supplement is an option.