Remember when you were a kid and all the adults you knew were always moaning about how tired they were, and you were all like, "oh man, I will never get that old?" Yeah well, welcome to the party, pal. Adulting is hard, you're always busy, there is nobody to bail you out if you screw up and you're always tired.
And being tired a lot is normal if you're an adult, but if you are exhausted all of the time then there could be something behind it.
Depression makes you tired, but it is the kind of tired that sleep doesn't cure. The symptoms of depression can be different for everybody, but they normally include:
- Low self esteem
- Lack of motivation
- Feelings of guilt
- Constant low moods
If you are feeling tired all of the time and sleep is not making it better, this could be a sign of depression. Speak to a doctor about it, sooner rather than later.
Yes, in an ideal world, we would all be getting enough vitamins and minerals from our food, but it isn't an ideal world and very few of us have an ideal diet (myself included).
So a vitamin deficiency could be the reason that you are tired all of the time; a lack of vitamins B and D are closely linked to tiredness, so if you don't have the best diet, consider taking a vitamin pill every now and then.
Being an adult can be stressful; there is always something to do and there is never really such a thing as a day off. And stress can quickly and easily lead to mental exhaustion which is difficult to recover from.
Try to minimize your stress levels in any way you can. I know it isn't easy, but just do whatever works for you. Self care is an important part of minimizing stress, it's not selfish to want to spend a while looking after yourself each day. Even if it is just ten minutes a day and even if the only place you get peace is in the bathroom, use those ten minutes to try to relax and unwind a little bit.
Sometimes we can be anxious about things without even realizing it, and even low level anxiety can totally drain you of all your energy. It takes a lot of energy to be anxious and it doesn't leave you with much, so try to address what is making you anxious and speak to a professional if you need to.
Hormones can do really crazy things to your body; they are responsible for more processes than we realize, so when they get a bit out of control, they can make you feel really tired.
Anemia is a condition where your blood is lacking in healthy red blood cells with enough oxygen. Most of the time this is caused by blood loss or a lack of iron. It is very common during and after menstruation and illness.
An Underlying Illness
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, there can be something more sinister at work and you may have an undiagnosed illness that you're not aware of. But it's not that likely, so don't panic. It's probably just one of the things listed above, but if you genuinely believe that something is wrong, then you should consult a medical professional and don't attempt to diagnose yourself.
Being tired is normal; being tired all the time isn't.
Being tired is normal, and don't let anyone tell you that you have no reason to be tired; everyone is different and a life that one person finds tiring could be a walk in the park for someone else. And you don't really even need a reason to be tired; life is hard and being tired is the result.