Lack of sleep is not the only reason you feel tired
Sometimes you might feel lifeless and tired, even if you got enough sleep. There may be something else going on, because lack of sleep is not the only thing that can make you feel tired. Small things you do (or don’t do) can also leave you feeling physically and mentally exhausted. The habits below might explain why you always feel so tired.
These 12 habits can sap your energy.
1. You skip exercise
Skipping the gym to save energy is actually counterproductive. Regular exercise increases your metabolism and endurance and feeds your system with oxygen and nutrients. This makes you feel more energetic! So next time, get off the couch for that workout or a brisk walk—you won’t regret it.
2. You drink little water
Losing only 2 percent of the fluid in your body can already have an effect on your energy level. Not drinking enough water reduces your blood volume and makes your blood thicker. This causes your heart to circulate your blood less efficiently and prevents the oxygen and nutrients in your blood from reaching your muscles and organs like they should. This will definitely make you feel tired.
3. You have an iron deficiency
Iron deficiency makes you feel sluggish, weak, tired, irritable and unable to concentrate properly. This is because less oxygen is transported to the muscles and cells. Having an iron deficiency also puts you at risk of Anemia, so it is important to get plenty of iron. You can boost your iron content by eating more lean beef, beans, tofu, eggs, nuts, and peanut butter.
4. You are too much of a perfectionist
Here’s what Irene Levine, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, says about perfectionism: “Striving for perfection is of course impossible, because then you have to work much harder and longer than necessary. You set goals that are difficult or impossible to achieve, so there is no sense of satisfaction in the end.” Levine, therefore, recommends setting a time limit for everything you start with and respecting that limit. After a while, you will see that the extra time you took before did not necessarily improve your work.
5. You suffer from irrational fears
Are you afraid that you will get in an accident when you get on your bike, or do you automatically assume that you will be fired when your boss unexpectedly calls you to his office? Watch out—fear can mentally paralyze and exhaust you. When you have such thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that what you fear will actually happen. Another thing that can help is to talk to a friend about your fears.
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