Q: I feel tired all the time. I don’t have the energy to go out, see friends or family, or do anything. I just want to sleep all day. My friend asked me if I wanted to go to Spain with her for a long weekend. I’d love to, but I just don’t feel like I have the energy to do it. As well as feeling tired I feel anxious and stressed all the time, which is really getting me down. If I sleep more it just makes me more tired. Why does anxiety make me feel so tired?
A: Dealing with high anxiety is exhausting. It’s like having a full-time permanent job on top of the things life already throws at you daily. Even if you don’t recognise it, being anxious and stressed burns a lot of your energy. Anxiety and stress make you constantly overthink, which causes excessive apprehension and worry - dealing with these thoughts and emotions is a serious drain on your batteries.
If you try and combat the lack of energy with more sleep, and you’re not being as active as you can be, your bodily functions (including your blood flow and oxygen intake) go into ‘slow mode’, which will only result in you feeling more tired. In other words: sleeping more won’t help!
Feeling as tired as you are, I know it sounds like the last thing you probably want to do, but you have to stay active. You have to keep your body moving and your mind working. Exercise is the obvious choice to achieve both physical and mental stimulation. Exercise is also a perfect outlay for built up tension, which is another drain on your batteries. That’s why it’s so important to be able to combine a good level of exercise (staying active) with relaxation (lessening your tension).
I’ll be sharing some relaxation and tension busting techniques shortly, but in the meantime, I recommend researching and exploring these techniques in more detail:
· Deep Breathing
· Progressive Muscle Relaxation
All these techniques are proven to release tension caused by stress and anxiety, and aid a stronger sleep pattern.
Action for Change
Go for a spontaneous walk, run, or cycle (physical wellbeing permitting). If exercise isn’t already part of your routine, aim to do at least 30mins a day for the next week. Look into the above techniques and start them today to help you achieve a healthy level of relaxation. With a bit of time and practice, Spain will be a much more realistic prospect.
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Carl Vernon is a best-selling author & speaker, talking and writing about all things anxiety, stress, success & well-being.