29 Jun 7 Signs of Exhaustion
We all lead busy and stressful lives. From work to family, we tend to run on empty more than we run on full. Why do we let ourselves get to this point, and how can we stop it from progressing too far? So what are the signs of exhaustion?
Exhaustion can be physical, mental or emotional. Whether you are working your body too hard or you are spending too many hours at your office, exhaustion can happen to the ones with the best intentions. Remember to give yourself a break, and watch for these signs and symptoms of exhaustion.
- Extreme Fatigue. When you can’t shake that feeling of constant tiredness, you could be experiencing exhaustion. Ultimately, this feeling boils down to not having energy, of being completely spent.
- Muscle Aches. While going to the gym can produce occasional achiness, exhaustion is a constant ache throughout your entire body. You can’t live without proper rest, and the muscle aches are a sign that you need to slow down and take a break from the hecticness of your life.
- Cognitive Problems. When you continuously forget where you put your keys or reread the same sentence over and over, you might want to check your stress/rest levels. That fuzzy mind might be a tell-tale sign of exhaustion.
- Sucky Workouts. We are all entitled to a bad workout every now and then, but when you start having multiple poor workouts, you need to check yourself (before you wreck yourself). Your body needs proper rest to have a good workout. If you don’t have any energy to put into the exercise, then you won’t get much out of it.
- Emotional Roller coaster Ride. Feeling more stressed than usual? Did you yell at your cat this morning? Is there an unusual amount of tears lately? These all could be signs of exhaustion. Our brains need proper sleep to recharge. Sleep to our bodies is the same as gas to a car.
- Lack of Motivation. If you have started to see a decrease in your work productivity or even a decrease in your desire to exercise or be social, you could be suffering from exhaustion. While it is normal to go through phases, pay attention to your body, both physically and mentally. It will let you know when something isn’t right, and losing motivation to do things you previously loved is definitely a sign of wrongness.
- Health Problems. Migraines, depression, heart disease, digestive problems. All of these can be caused by prolonged stress and exhaustion. Don’t let it go this far.
We all need proper sleep. Don’t glamorize overworking yourself by calling it determination or a
great work ethic. The best thing you can do to be your best is treat your body right. And that means getting some much-needed sleep. It is also important to remember that certain medical conditions can cause exhaustion. If you are getting 8 hours of sleep or more every night and still feel tired, it’s time to get with your doctor. If you have any questions or are worried that you are suffering from exhaustion, please contact your physician as soon as possible.