If you’re feeling tired all the time and have tried to improve your diet with little results, you’re not alone.
If you’re asking ‘Why am I feeling so tired all the time?’, this article is for you.
There are a number of factors at play when it comes to fatigue and always feeling tired.
Through my own experience with fatigue, and from working with countless tired women over the years, I’ve identified 5 main reasons why women stay stuck in exhaustion.
Resting or taking a holiday helps very little, as the adrenals need to be toned and strengthened.
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Stress also impacts how well your body is able to detoxify, as when your stress response is active, your detoxification processes are inhibited, leading to an accumulation of toxins that can cause inflammation, fatigue, brain fog and weight gain (and a whole list of other symptoms and diseases like cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders).
Stress also leads to…
2. Poor nutrient absorption
When you’re constantly stressed, your body won’t absorb nutrients effectively.
So, even if you’re eating a nutrient dense diet, nutritional deficiencies can occur, which can further compromise adrenal gland function.
This explains why just improving your diet, thinking it will stop you from feeling tired all the time, doesn’t solve fatigue.
3. Obligation overload
Do you nurture and help others before yourself? Put another way – do you neglect your own needs (even eating well, sleeping, exercising etc.) because you prioritise other people’s needs?
Does the thought of saying ‘no’ to a request from someone make you uneasy? Do you say ‘yes’ to requests because you have something to prove, or feel the other person’s needs are more important than yours?
Many of us are raised to have the belief that serving others before ourselves is virtuous, and that prioritising our own needs is selfish. Especially women!
However, putting yourself last on your to-do list means you neglect doing the things that nourish and energise you. Always feeling tired all the time is a feedback mechanism. It’s a calling from your body to say ‘Hey, I need some love and attention too!’.
Putting yourself first isn’t just about scheduling ‘me time’ and making sure you do regular self-care activities.
It’s about rewiring beliefs about your worth, setting boundaries, and treating yourself as your #1 asset (because you ARE!).
4. Negative thinking
Your brain has a natural negative bias, hence why most of your thoughts are negative (so don’t think you’re alone in this!).
If you allow your thoughts to govern your life, you’ll feel constantly tired, as negative mental chatter can trigger the fear centre in your brain, keeping you in a stressed, exhausted state.
5. Misaligned living
Are you living a life that aligns with your deepest values and desires?
If not, you’ll feel a daily sense of conflict and overwhelm without knowing the real cause.
This can cause you to feel constantly tired all the time, and feed into the stress-fatigue cycle that can keep you stuck in exhaustion.
New flash – Living in alignment is your most abundant energy source!
If this is something you think you’re experiencing, spend some time pondering these questions:
What dreams do you have for your life – and are you on track to achieve them?
What do you value most in life, and are you experiencing or expressing those values as a priority?
So where to from here?
Consider where you can make the biggest changes in your diet and life.
I’ve linked relevant blogs in this article to give you more support in these areas (I’ll be updating this as I add more articles. If you want to know when that happens, jump on my mailing list and also receive 5 steps to boost your energy now).
If you’re done with feeling tired all the time, and want my support and guidance on your journey to restoring your energy (and getting your life back!), check out the Energy Mastery Method program, and get in touch to have a chat about your needs.
I’m here for you – and want you to remember that you deserve to have the energy to live the life you dream of.
If you’re a business owner, check out my workplace wellness workshops and programs to enhance the energy, well-being and performance of your staff.
Remember, YOU are the master of your energy and life. You can take back your power right now, starting with the tips in the linked articles above.
Melissa is a naturopathic nutritionist and coach who helps exhausted women get their energy back. She consults with people worldwide via the web from her home in Melbourne, Australia.