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6 Tips for What to Do When You Feel Exhausted by Life

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Sep 12, 2017 2:17 AM

Busy schedules are dominating everyone's lives. It's easy to fall into a grind and daily rhythm that requires hard work, endless dedication, and emotional energy. While this can lead to an incredibly rewarding life, managing stress is an important part of keeping yourself on your feet. Without giving yourself time to rest, your work and lifestyle could suffer severely. If you find yourself frequently exhausted by the trials life presents to you, perhaps it's time that you started to search for a better way to handle your anxieties. Here are a few tips that can help you wind down at the end of the day, so you don't succumb to the overwhelming burdens of life.

1. Manage Your Health

First and foremost, you'll need to make sure that your exhaustion is not coming from any sort of health problem. There are a myriad of issues that could be causing some sort of exhaustion, be it mental or physical. Take a trip to your doctor and let them know what's going on. Are you feeling depressed? Lethargic? You could be suffering from anything between anemia to thyroid issues, so get yourself checked out.

2. Invest in New Sleeping Habits

If you find yourself taking frequent naps to combat exhaustion, or you never feel truly rested when you wake up in the morning, you could be suffering from sleep issues. Sleep disorders are a huge culprit, but it could also be something as simple as a bad mattress. A mattress is a great investment that can drastically improve your lifestyle, so it shouldn't be understated! It's worth the extra money to feel truly rested every day, combating exhaustion from its original source.

3. Find Daily Boundaries

It's okay to say no. Taking on too many projects at once can seriously damage your ability to function during the day. If you find yourself overwhelmed with responsibility, it's possible that you're simply taking on too many tasks. Release yourself from burdens that you don't need to add to your life. Ask yourself if the payoff is really worth what you're putting into the project. Focus on what you really need in your life.

4. Initiate Social Contact

If you feel like you've gone too long without speaking to your friends and family in a truly meaningful way, it's time to get out and socialize. Often, we underestimate the power of socialization outside of work. Work conversations and interactions are necessary, so they don't provide the right amount of connection that should be in your life. Likewise, if you find that someone in your life is consistently negative and harming your mindsets, it's time to limit your interaction with them. Surround yourself with sociable, kind people who can only enrich your life.

5. Exercise and Stay Healthy

Just like sleep, diet and exercise have huge impacts on your stress levels. It can't be understated--staying hydrated can increase your mood, health, and lifestyle. A solid and healthy diet filled with plenty of greens will give you energy, helping to keep you motivated throughout the day. Exercise also keeps your mind and body working to its fullest potential, so you feel a higher sense of purpose.

6. Separate From Social Media

Social media is a wonderful invention, but stepping back from it is equally as freeing. Sometimes, the overwhelming influx of information we encounter is simply too much. Disconnect from Facebook and Twitter for a while to help yourself regain energy. You never know what you might experience in the meantime!

How Important is Preventing Burnout?

Your lifestyle is directly impacted by how stressed you are. A burnout leads to less productivity and emotional toll. Doing more of what you love, relaxing, and keeping your body in good shape all contribute to your quality of life. Don't underestimate the power of self care!

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