Bone-weary, bushed, all in, dazed, dopey, depleted, drugged. Washed-up, worn-out, dozy, dreamy. Soporific, sluggish, torpid, tuckered, done.
One of the hardest parts of living with anxiety is how tired you get. Anxiety can cause extreme fatigue. In fact, lack of energy is often the first tip that something’s really not ‘OK’.
You hear a lot of people today, worrying about lack of sleep. Quite rightly: More stress, longer hours, most spent under fluorescent lights that induce derealization, confusing our body clocks.
Night and day, day and night, how do I know? The body usually ‘gets it’ from the amount of ambient light. Usually. If you’re dealing with the symptoms of anxiety as well, it’s harder.
When the body doesn’t know if it’s time to stop or go (anxiety is big on mixed signals) then fatigue and insomnia may just settle in with a long-term lease.
That being said, people tend to overestimate the time they spend trying to get some rest, and underestimate the total amount they sleep. Yes, that’s from a study. No, I can’t cite it. I read about it a few years ago whilst nursing some lovely ladies with dementia, depression and such.
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So, I sleep a bit more than I think I do but what with the PTSD that still isn’t very much. Which is how it goes for a lot of anxiety sufferers.
How much do you really rest? The amount, the numbers aren’t even close to the whole story. If I measured my life experience in hours I spent doing this or that, it wouldn’t add up.
Determining the causes of anxiety and fatigue helps prevent panic attacks
Quality counts. What are you doing to treat anxiety? If you don’t wake up feeling better for having slept, it’s just an escape clause: It won’t help you get out of jail free.
Anxiety disorders, depression, etc, they wreak merry mayhem with your ability to recover from things like a poor night’s sleep. Maybe you don’t necessarily need more sleep. Maybe it takes a broader approach to control anxiety.
None of us have unlimited resources, though a lot of anxiety, depression and bipolar sufferers have a surprising amount of energy. Anxiety is energy, for that matter. It’s just not that useful when it comes in the form of panic attacks, or sits at the bottom of a hole.
Rest is one of the best natural remedies for anxiety
Let’s face it, nobody lives without anxiety. Even Mother Theresa had moments of uncertainty and doubt. It really is OK to take a break, to try to find that space to let go and relax.
Trust your body. That’s about as natural as it gets.
Effective cognitive behavioural therapy to manage panic and fatigue
Think of a cup. That cup contains what I’ll go ahead and call my daily allowance of useful energy. In liquid form. Handy that way
Is there enough to get me through the day?
How will I use it, and how strict do I need to be? You don’t want a dried -out cup by midday. I like leftovers, because I’m not that sure tomorrow won’t be harder, that I won’t stumble, or have a panic attack.
Just as we underestimate how much we sleep, I know I underestimate how much I have to do in a day, week, year. I also underestimate how much anxiety affects me, and how much effort all that takes.
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