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Tiredness and Anxiety: What You Can Do About Your Fatigue

Daniel Sher, MA, Clin Psychology
Tiredness and Anxiety: What You Can Do About Your Fatigue

Anxiety is naturally tiring because it causes ups and downs in your energy levels, which can leave you feeling incredibly drained. Some people feel tired throughout the whole day, while others feel tired only after an anxiety attack. Others feel extreme fatigue, finding they need to take frequent naps in order to regenerate, or feeling as though they can't focus on life because of their tiredness.

Feeling tired is a natural bodily reaction that is often caused by stress and anxiety. In this article, we'll explore the origins of tiredness related to anxiety - and what can be done to fight it.

Causes of Tiredness

Tiredness is natural in life, especially if you are not getting enough sleep; but if you have anxiety, you may end up feeling more exhausted than what is normally expected.  

There are many possible reasons to explain why your anxiety is causing tiredness. The most common reasons include:

All of these are contributing factors, explaining why tiredness may be linked to anxiety, and they don't even include hormonal and neural changes that occur during times of severe stress.

What You Can Do To Stop Tiredness

Stopping tiredness is difficult because it's your body's way of resting when it feels it needs to rest. Coffee would be one way, but ideally you don't want to drink coffee because this can make anxiety symptoms worse and make it harder to sleep restfully at night. .

The following are some approved ways to address tiredness:

Finally, the most important change to make is to prioritize reducing your anxiety. Tiredness is much easier to prevent than it is to stop. That's why you need to take steps to start controlling your anxiety better. The less intense your anxiety is, the less tired you should feel. 

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