The causes of tiredness – time to wake up
Someone once said that tiredness is a state of mind.
There are many things that can cause tiredness. For example; working too much, going to bed late, stress, vitamin deficiencies, worries, having a newborn baby, travelling or commuting to work, eating food that makes you tired, too much screen time and so the list goes on.
The reasons are many and they are different from person to person.
What are the causes of tiredness and how can we overcome it? I believe that a lack of sleep and chronic overthinking are two of the most common causes, but what are we doing to overcome the things that make us tired?
Before we can look into these things, we need to rule out some more serious factors that may contribute to your tired self…
Just get it over and done with – do a health check
This is important. If there is no clear reason for your tiredness, then it’s good to go visit your GP to check if there is anything that needs medical expertise.
When I tried to be vegan the first time about two years ago, I became abnormally tired and my energy levels were really low. I couldn’t figure it out..why I was so tired, as I had my 8 hours of sleep at night, I wasn’t stressed and I had no crying baby at home.
So I checked with my GP and what she found was that I had severe vitamin B12 deficiency and I was anaemic too. It only required a 10-min appointment with the GP and a blood test to find this out, that was it, it didn’t take longer than that.
However, this may not be the case for you. Check with your GP and if there is nothing that needs medical attention then that’s good news!
If the causes to your tiredness don’t require medical attention, then what else do we need to look at?
Let’s move on..
Kick start your day
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I’m currently one of the lucky ones who happens to live 5 min from the beach, so there is nothing that stops me from jumping out of bed and walk straight down to the beach and go for a swim.
There is nothing that’s holding me back…except one thing: the MIND.
We tend to come up with millions of excuses NOT to get up at sunrise..why? Because we are too comfortable in bed, it’s warm and cosy, it might be dark and cold outside, it might even be raining and we don’t want to get wet BEFORE we get down to the beach with the purpose of getting wet…
This very morning, I was so tired and in my mind it felt like a big mission to put the swimsuit on, walk down to the beach, get wet, then walk back home to shower, wash my hair and also try to figure out how much time I would need for my hair to dry (no, I don’t have a hair dryer) just enough so that I would be able to straighten most of my hair so that I can look presentable enough at work.
These are only some thoughts that come to me in the morning, trying to convince me that getting out of bed is a terrible thing to do.
The thing is, no matter how difficult it may seem, no matter how many excuses I have come up with, I have never ever regret getting out of bed to go for an early morning swim in the ocean. For me, that is the best way to wake up and kick start my day with good energy and positivity.
I also think that just before sunrise is the best time of the day, so I wouldn’t want to miss it!
What do you do to kick start your day?
Maybe it’s running, walking or riding the bike? Perhaps it’s yoga, meditation, music or dance? Maybe writing?
Whatever it is that you like doing, that inspires you, that puts you in that good state of mind – use it to KICK START you day.
Make your morning glorious
If you find it hard to get up in the morning, if your tiredness is related to whatever things that are going on in your life at the moment and therefore you find it difficult to deal with the day that lies ahead..then DO something about it.
Make a decision today, that tomorrow will be the day that you do something different. It doesn’t have to be a massive change in your daily routines, a small change may be enough to change your state of mind.
Getting outdoors in the morning is one thing that really makes my morning glorious and something that helps put things into perspective.
Your morning boost may not be strenuous exercise, but perhaps the smell of coffee is what gets you going? Then why not go down to your local cafe in the morning, order your favourite coffee, sit down and look around, observe what’s going on around you, maybe talk to someone, smile to someone or just enjoy your coffee in a new more vibrant environment.
Break routines, make a change to your day – just one day, as an experiment, just for fun, see what happens.
As Leonardo Da Vinci would say: Be Curious!
Bring peace to a worried mind
Tiredness often comes from thinking too much.
Every time I try to go to bed with too many things on my mind, I won’t be able to sleep, but if I DO manage to fall asleep I tend not to sleep very well.
There is no point trying to sleep when we are too busy thinking about the past and the future, that only makes us worry about things that we can’t do anything about anyway at that moment in time when we need to rest.
What I tend to do when thoughts are spinning around like a carousel, I put a meditation on. One of my favourites on Insight Timer is Sarah Blondin’s Learning to Surrender and Honouring Life. She’s got many guided meditations and affirmations on Insight timer that are available on the app.
Insight Timer is a free app, which is always a good thing if you are not sure whether it’s the right one for you or not.
Time to wake up
Have you done your health check (I did mine today?)
Have you found out what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Have you found a way to relax your mind before bedtime?
Have you made the necessary changes in your daily routines that makes life more exciting?
If you have, well done!
But if not, perhaps you have found out other things that can cause tiredness. Please, feel free to ask any questions that you may have on this content. You are also welcome to share any stories, tips and ideas on how you deal with your own tiredness in the comment section below.
Quote of the day:
“Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to” – Josie Spinardi