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If you’re feeling like the plug has been pulled and all of your energy has just drained out of you, you can barely get out of bed in the morning or make it through the day, you’re not alone.
Lack of energy is a common complaint, and after the year we’ve had, more people are feeling it than ever.
Yet the truth is, lack of energy can be due to a huge number of issues from physical to mental, making figuring out what’s got you dragging a challenge.
We’ve put together a list of the most common energy zappers to help you determine the cause behind your exhaustion so you can get back to enjoying life…
Physical causes behind fatigue
Before you worry about whether stress or another mental energy thief could be part and parcel to that tired, run-down feeling, you’d be wise to look at physical issues.
Common physical causes behind low energy include:
- Low thyroid hormone
- Congestive heart failure due to lack of blood-flow capacity
- Anemia which causes a lack of oxygen-carrying capacity
- Adrenal fatigue thanks to a lack of cortisol
- Chronic viral infection such as hepatitis C
- Insomnia, with resultant daytime fatigue
- Hypoglycemia and transient low blood sugar spells
See your doctor to rule out these physical ailments.
Diet and lifestyle issues
If a physical problem or disease process is not behind your lack of energy, it’s time to look at your diet. Eating poorly (which often goes hand-in-hand with a sedentary lifestyle) is one of the most common causes of low energy.
If you regularly eat too much refined or processed food — think drive-thrus or food from a box — and not enough whole foods and fresh produce, your energy can suffer significantly.
Make a shift to better eating habits, especially to a plant-based diet can help. Swap the meats for fatty fish, like salmon. Try more fresh vegetables and fruits. Fruits that are especially energizing include bananas, apples, Gogi berries and avocadoes. Sweet potatoes, beets and leafy greens are favorites of athletes because of their energizing effects.
Emotional energy zappers
On top of your diet and lifestyle and possible disease processes, behavioral and emotional issues could also leave you dragging.
One way to determine whether your emotions are at play in your lack of energy is to check your “feeling tone” first thing in the morning.
Right when you open your eyes, notice the feeling you have at that particular moment, and you will discover if mood is at least partly to blame for your low energy. A happy feeling tells you that your mood is generally good. On the other hand, a feeling of uncertainty, worry or depression tells you that your mood needs a boost.
If a boost is in order, make a point each morning to visualize the things that make you truly happy in life, while allowing good feelings to flow through your body. This allows you to let go of your doubts and focus instead on the possibilities.
Other emotional energy drains:
- Being over-committed with duties and responsibilities
- Allowing others’ expectations to run your life
- Believing another’s critical views of you
- Guilt and shame (Remember that your past is only for you to learn from. It’s not true of you now if you keep it in perspective.)
- Comparing your life to others’ good fortune, then criticizing yourself
- Worry or chronic fear
Energy for life
So if you’re feeling drained, start looking at your life now to determine what’s zapping your energy — physical, dietary and lifestyle, mental or a combination — and take the steps necessary to take back your energy to live each day to the fullest.
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- 19 Important Causes of Fatigue – Tiredness and Chronic Fatigue Explained — Doc’s Opinion