One out of five people who visit a GP do so because they feel extreme tiredness.
It’s single handedly the most problematic and common ailment, and can be caused due to physical or psychological reasons.
What’s interesting though, is that NHS reports that extreme tiredness due to psychological reasons is far more common than it is for any physical reason.
In this century, people are under tremendous pressure, and this is why so many of us complain about fatigue.
In this article, we look at the three psychological reasons for extreme tiredness.
Family problems, financial worry and work stress can cause fatigue, and if left to continue on an ongoing basis, this daily stress can quickly spiral into something worse, like depression.
When you’re anxious, your body is on high alert and once the anxiety passes, the rushing adrenaline crashes, and if you experience severe and constant anxiety, your body is going to be in a permanent cycle of adrenaline rush, then adrenaline crash, and this of course, produces intense fatigue.
If you experience anxiety daily, your muscles contract and this produces fatigue because your muscles get sore.
Ongoing anxiety can lead to adrenal fatigue; a result of the adrenal glands shutting down and not releasing adrenaline in big enough quantities for the day. When this is the case, stress of any kind will bring immediate exhaustion.
Make sure to incorporate healthy habits like eating well and exercising. Learn to deal with your stress emotionally, or you could hit serious health issues.
Extreme tiredness is a common symptom of depression (actually, it is unusual to have depression and not suffer from fatigue) and left untreated, can worsen depression.
Sometimes fatigue is caused by antidepressants, but depression itself depresses the body and leads to a lack of energy.
The best thing you can do to deal with depression-induced fatigue, is to seek emotional support from a professional because your feelings need to be addressed, and at the same time, treat your body kindly with a healthy lifestyle and positive thinking.
Your body takes strain enough when it goes through a traumatic experience, but the impact it leaves until recovery can result in wild mood changes, anxiety, withdrawal from friends and family, extreme tiredness, muscular aches and flu-like symptoms.
What you need to understand, is that cortisol, the stress hormone, is released in high stress situations, to help deaden physical pain, and help get you through the trauma, but when cortisol is present in higher levels for a certain amount of time, it can lead to memory loss, extreme tiredness, and reduced serotonin levels.
While the adrenal system processes the cortisol, you can also experience extreme tiredness.
The answer is to be kind to your body and give it what it needs: plenty of rest.
There’s no way around it: if you live in this world, you are going to experience psychological fatigue at some time or another because everyone encounters stress, and most of us go through some or other trauma at least once in our lives.
Extreme tiredness should not be ignored. It can hamper your life, and the root cause of it can cause physical ailments you won’t want.
Be kind to yourself and give your body, soul and spirit what they need.
by Claire Carradice