Why Are You Always Tired?
Why are you always tired?
On my YouTube channel Ben CoomberTV I released this video series which pretty much explains everything.
However, I thought I would write this article because I know how easy it is to not pay attention to the signals that our body gives us.
Many people these days rely on coffee and caffeine energy drinks to keep them going through the day. They have a coffee to get them going in the mornings and then another at midmorning because they are crashing from the previous caffeine hit, an energy drink at lunch time and so on.
This is a cycle that needs to be broken but it’s not as easy as going cold turkey. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you can’t drink coffee but if you rely on caffeine just to feel normal then something’s not right.
But what should you be doing?
Look at your entire lifestyle. How much quality sleep are you getting? Not just how many hours you’re in bed for but how much quality regenerative sleep you are getting. Is it less than 6 or 7? You might want to fix that.
Look at your levels of hydration. How much water are you drinking daily and I mean in litres not cups! Aim for 1.5 as a starting point. You’ll likely find that mid-afternoon malaise isn’t a call for coffee but actually dehydration.
How does your diet make you feel? If you are overly restricting what you eat this will reduce your energy levels, your levels of concentration, motivation and mood. Some foods just don’t react well with our digestive system and this affects our energy and mood, so listen to your body.
Are you getting enough recovery between workouts? If your body isn’t getting time to adapt and heel then you will be running yourself down and this won’t just affect your energy levels it will affect your immune system as well.
Are you in control of the stress levels in your life? We are all faced by various stressors on a daily basis so we need to control these as best we can. Remove anything that is unnecessary, improve your productivity and time management, get organised with your food prep, your exercise and other areas of your life. Keep a gratitude log or learn to meditate if you like, but do something that helps you to switch off the noise in your head for a few minutes every day.
My advice would be to keep a diary for a few days. Write down everything you eat and at what times. Write down everything you do and how you feel in terms of mood, energy, symptoms. Record your sleep times and quality and then, when you review the diary, you will start to see patterns forming. You might find that you get energy slumps and sugar cravings at eleven o’clock every morning so you might need to look at what you’re having for breakfast or how you might improve your sleep, etc.
Too many people just don’t pay enough attention to what their body is telling them but the more mindful you become about your daily activities the better you learn to read this.
Finally, don’t be afraid to apply the brakes from time to time. But, if you feel guilty about stopping or sitting in silence for a few minutes makes you feel anxious you might need to take a deeper look down the rabbit hole.
Fortunately Body Type Nutrition now run mindset seminars with Stephen Aish. There’s a number of them being delivered all over the country so you should find one near you. These can change your life forever.