Anxiety and Fatigue: Must I Be So Tired All the Time?
We have ways to describe anxiety and fatigue: 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, the fatigue of anxiety, that lack of energy, is often the first tip that something's really not okay.
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. The body usually 'gets it' and adjusts energy levels based on 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.
Manage Fatigue from Anxiety with a Broader Approach
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 negative thinking and worry.
Anxiety disorders 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.
So, what are you doing to treat anxiety? Breaking free from anxiety is about somewhat nebulous things: mindfulness, the absence or presence of joy or peace, support, and those anxiety coping skills I'm always on about.
Don't know any coping skills? Here's one:
Think of a cup. That cup contains what I'll go ahead and call my daily allowance of useful energy.
- 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. Planning your day based on your energy level gives you an honest idea of what you can do in the following hours without overpromising or accepting challenges that will take too much out of you.
Let's face it, nobody lives without anxiety. Even Mother Theresa had moments of uncertainty and doubt. It really is okay to take a break, to try to find that space to let go and relax. 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 it takes to manage anxiety and fatigue.
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White, K. (2010, September 28). Anxiety and Fatigue: Must I Be So Tired All the Time?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/treatinganxiety/2010/09/why-am-i-so-tired-anxiety-and-fatigue
Author: Kate White
Go to articles then symptoms it's wonderful to have the symptoms explained and how it affects your body.My original symptoms have have gone buthave been replaced by others,the fatigue is awful.I want to know when am I going to get better.Ive stared to go out for a walk for 40minutes the last two day and I'm wiped out and need to rest after woods but I'm going to see if it makes any difference to my days in general.Heres hoping...
Meditation and excercise is what helps me .I'm not talking about a marathon just a 10 min walk our the house daily .
Every day is hard work .I try and achive small tasks .this brings some positivity into my life.
I don't panic about having a panic attack any more because there becoming so frequent for nour reason that I can pin point other than exhausted from anxiety .
Every day is a battle but if it wasnth a battle with anxiety it would be another battle .like million on others out there .
I try and be kind to myself byou givingredients myself a real hug and tell myself this is okay.
This morning I'm exhausted want to curl into bed and sleep as soon exhausted .but instead I have to try and live a normal life as I deserve to and my family need there mum.
To everyone anxiety is horrendous to live with and a constant battle .do not give up fine small thinGSM that work for u .
Here's my list
Tiny budha Web site
Micro wave meals on really bad days foods importanthat
Putting the phone laptop away 6 pm to rest the mind
Except this is where I am today and to try and be thankful for being alive even though it can be a living nightmare
Recognise Ime feeling bad but there is a lot people worse of
Monitor menstrual cycle this plays havoc with my anxiety.so not always down to plain anxiety hormones are contributing to fluctuating anxiety
I Trust my family and partner when can't trust your decision making with para thoughts
I am learning it doesn't matter what others think about me they don't walk my battle every day
Be a best friend to yourself no one nows me better than me
I have had pretty severe anxiety for a year and 6 months, I am a constant worry wart and I don't know how to overcome worries... when I see threads saying "postpone you're worries" when I see stuff like that I get so angry and I cry so much because I mentally cannot or don't know how to.
Over the last 7 months my anxiety has got far worse and when I say this I mean I am constantly thinking everyday about whether or not I will sleep at night.
I can handle worrying about worse things than worrying about sleep, because sleep is so important and is one of the key factors for a healthy lifestyle these thoughts have robbed me from life...
But even if do get 7-8 hours sleep most days I wake up feeling so foggy... within an hour or 2 hours the feeling slowly fades but it doesn't go away entirely..
Somedays I am so tired, I have brain fogged, I can't concentrate and I have no energy.
I also don't see my friends anymore and I don't work which kills me :(
Because I feel this way almost everyday the first thing I think about when I wake up is how horrible the day will be simply because know I will feel the same as everyday.
I will do almost ANYTHING to overcome this and live a happy life.. but its not so easy..
I had an acupuncture session 2 weeks ago and within the next 2 weeks will be seeing a kinesiologist... I don't know if this will help but I am trying...
If someone out there can please help me or give me some guidance I will so appreciative
I will mention my diet has been bad and I don't exercise simply but lay in bed most 70% of the day because of the chronic sleepiness and fatigue feeling i have..
Thank you so much.
My girl friend of over three years left me because it was like dating an eighty year old. In addition, I've gained about twenty pounds from trying to keep my blood sugar up.
I can't sleep for more than three hours at a time, if that. I'm depressed, scared, and angry. I want my life back!!! I can't keep my eyes open during the day and can't close them at night.
Its comforting to see others have the same problem. I want to exorcise, but I'm scared of losing the low amount off of energy I have.
My doctors been no help. I may ask him about that one med the other guy suggested, I'll Google it first. I may do exercise directly after eating dinner but just for ten minutes to start.
Thanks for everyone's comments.
I am 45 and suffer from a blood disorder that gives me very low iron. Iron supplements are necessary but don't seem to help much. The last time I had my iron checked it was actually in the normal range!
I can't focus on anything. I procrastinate on almost everything because only with a surge of adrenaline can I get things done. Then I do sloppy, hurried work. I feel tired ALL day every day from the moment I wake up (no matter how much I have slept) to the moment I got to sleep.
I managed to hold on to a high paying job for many years but I got laid off last year. Now I'm stuck and facing financial problems. I don't know where I'll be able to live or how I can live. I now also have severe anxiety and can barely sleep. I tried looking for jobs for quite some time now but no one wants to hire me.
I visited doctors years ago (I've had this problem since getting mono my 20s) but they could find nothing wrong. My only symptom is extreme tiredness, I don't have any of the other Chronic Fatigue symptoms. Yet my life is turning into a living hell just the same.
I have seen many doctors and shrinks over my forty years with this malady and am still having these attacks.
I am convinced it will be with me as long as I remain on this earth. Some with mild problems may be helped to a degree, but nothing cures it as so many on the net claim.
Temporary help maybe, but '"one size does not fit all."
What you end up doing for yourself is the closest to help I have received.
Here are a few more descriptives ...Wasted, blasted to the core, done in, done like dinner, deep-fried, flat out, the fuel tank's not only sprung a leak but a *gash*! ...
Over the years I've come to take a very practical, body-based-FIRST approach to anxiety ... which is a state of alarm that every human being experiences to some degree ...
The basics. Food, water, safety, shelter, warmth, movement, rest, quiet, mindful breath ... With the lifelong, heightened state of anxiety "templated" by chronic and complex PTSD that I live with, I keep having to return to these most simple acts of sustenance and survival. Every injury and illness we can suffer breaks the body, brain and metabolism down to some degree ... and the concurrent anxiety is downright *existential* ... For the organism, survival is at stake.
It *is* exhausting. At 51 years of age, I sense this exhaustion in my heart -- in the organ itself.
There's no more important work for any of us to do than to keep ourselves alive and thriving as best we can, without doing injury to ourselves or anyone else ...
... Still so tickled pink that you are writing here ... Are you keeping up your other blog as well?