From Burnout to Balance: Understanding and Overcoming Chronic Exhaustion

“I feel sleepy all the time.”

“I am perpetually tired.”

“I want to go back to sleep right after I wake up.”

“I am too exhausted to sleep.”

If you can related to any or all of the above statements then probably you have what they call chronic exhaustion.

What is chronic exhaustion?

Chronic exhaustion, also known as chronic fatigue, is a state of prolonged fatigue and exhaustion that persists for more than six months and is not relieved by rest or sleep. It is a debilitating condition that can impact all aspects of daily life and is often accompanied by other symptoms such as weakness, muscle pain, and difficulty concentrating. Chronic exhaustion can have a variety of underlying causes, including medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and emotional or psychological stress. It is important to identify and address the underlying causes in order to effectively manage and treat chronic exhaustion.

Reasons for Chronic Exhaustion

1. Poor Sleep Quality

Poor sleep quality can leave you feeling tired, groggy, and unrefreshed in the morning. Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome can all cause chronic exhaustion.

2. Stress and Burnout

Chronic stress can lead to burnout, which is characterised by emotional exhaustion, detachment, and a reduced sense of accomplishment.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies can lead to chronic exhaustion, especially if you’re not getting enough iron, vitamin B12, or vitamin D.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

Sitting for long periods can make you feel tired and sluggish, as can a lack of physical activity.

5. Medical Conditions

Chronic exhaustion can be a symptom of various medical conditions like anemia, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

How to Overcome Chronic Exhaustion

1. Get Enough Sleep

Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night and practice good sleep hygiene, such as avoiding screens before bedtime, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and sleeping in a cool, dark room. Sleep stories are a good way to get a good night’s sleep.

2. Manage Stress

Identify the sources of stress in your life and find ways to manage them. This may include meditation, yoga, exercise, or talking to a therapist.

3. Eat a Balanced Diet

Focus on eating a variety of whole foods, including lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. Consider taking supplements to address any nutritional deficiencies.

4. Stay Active

Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, even if it’s just a brisk walk.

5. Seek Medical Attention

If your exhaustion persists despite making lifestyle changes, consult with your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

When it comes to finding the reason for any problem, a good practice is to keep a diary. Note how you feel when and then analyse it to find the underlying reason for your problem. Once you know the reason it becomes easier to work towards the solution.

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