Being Exhausted Is Not Normal

Do you find your energy levels dipping multiple times throughout the duration of your day? Do you crave sugar regularly? Is it impossible, unthinkable for you to wake up in the morning without your two super unleaded cups of coffee? Is getting yourself to workout always a slog? Would you consider your day-to-day state of stress and/or exhaustion ‘normal’?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these statements, let’s get one thing cleared up: being exhausted is NOT normal. You do not need to accept daily fatigue and exhaustion as a part of life. Instead of just pushing through it, take a moment and pay attention to what your body wants—perhaps sleep, healthier meals, more mental down time to get creative and gentler workouts are good starting points.

That exhaustion you’re feeling day-to-day is a sign that your body needs to take a break. We have this habit of stubbornly overworking ourselves, which can really beat our bodies and minds to a high-strung pulp over time. “I’m fine” begins to mean “My body needs to shut down but I have so much to do that I’m going to ignore it and keep stressing it out.” Ignoring your fatigue only leads to messy, destructive breakdown of physical health, mental health or both.

If you find yourself regularly tired and sluggish, it’s important to address the root cause(s) of the issue. Make an appointment with your doctor or naturopath to discuss your lifestyle and work to pinpoint what could be sapping your pizazz. You could be suffering from adrenal fatigue or chronic stress, both of which screw with your normal hormonal production and are a sure sign that your body needs more than a little TLC.

Whether you’re teetering on the brink of exhaustion or feeling just a little off, be gentler with yourself. You’re not superhuman, so don’t pretend to be. Try these tips on a regular basis to combat general fatigue and ease away daily stress.

Take a bath

Soaking in some hot water with epsom salts is one of the best things you can do when you’re feeling spread thin. Epsom salts contain magnesium, which can help those with magnesium deficiency. Stress, caffeine, refined sugar and carbonated beverages rob the body of magnesium. Seeing as how magnesium is essential for sleep health, combating depression, maintaining energy levels and dealing with anxiety, everyone can benefit from an epsom salt bath regularly. As Psychology Today states, magnesium is the original Chill Pill.

Take a nap

If you feel tired, your body is probably telling you it needs more sleep. Take short naps when you can and focus on getting a solid night of sleep every single night. Ditch technology at least an hour before bed so that the blue light doesn’t screw up your sleep cycles and, when you can, see what time your body will naturally wake up without an alarm clock. If you’re snoozing well past the rising of the sun, you should consider giving sleep a little more priority in your life so as to catch up and even out your sleep cycle.

Listen to your cravings

If all you want to eat is cake, cake, cake, indulge your body a little bit. Have a piece of cake. Enjoy life rather than practicing self-deprivation. However, if you continue to crave cake day after day, try to find a good cake substitute and get to the root cause of why you are craving so much comforting sugar (since eating cake all the time certainly won’t make you any healthier). Try these buttermints, for instance. They are slightly sweet while creamy, fatty and nourishing. Until you address the root stress that’s causing your cake cravings, a tasty buttermint or two is a win-win for everybody!

Exercise more gently

I know many people who, if they are a little tired, will hit the gym even harder than usual. If you have underlying and unrelenting fatigue, this is a big no-no. Cardio puts a lot of stress on the body, and if you’re already falling behind on your energy levels, more cardio is not going to help. Instead of dragging yourself through another intense bout of cardio, take it easy. Walk through the park. Take a hike with a friend. Try yoga or Pilates. Do some slow, bodyweight strength exercises at home. Your body needs to take care of itself, and it can’t do that if you’re shoving it into another exhausting workout session.

In a sense, simply practice being more mindful in your daily life. Keep your physical body healthy, and give special attention to your mind. Whether you try actively meditating each day or you just allow yourself some reflective journaling time, allowing your mind to clear up is one of the greatest things you can do for your health and personal success.

Regardless of whether your exhaustion is long-term or recently onset, you do not need to tolerate it. Treat your body with respect to get to the root of your daily fatigue. What are some of your favorite ways to recharge?


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Ruth S
Ruth S5 months ago


John B
John B8 months ago

Thanks Jordyn for sharing the info.

John B
John B8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jetana Allison
Jetana Aabout a year ago

Chronic fatigue means feeling exhausted IS the norm.

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nathan D.
Nathan Dabout a year ago

Sometimes being tired is caused by seasonal allergies and pollution. Antihistamines will leave you exhausted.

Joe Le Gris
Joe Legrisabout a year ago

Watching out for magnesium. ty

vee soar
v soarabout a year ago

Nah - it doesn't work. I sleep far too much, wake up, go to sleep again, wake up got o sleep again, nap during the day. Exercise VERY gently. Enjoy my little bit of dark chocolate. I am still permanently tired. .

M. M.
M. Mabout a year ago