Tiredness is probably the most common physical symptom that anxiety can cause, and it can also be one of the most devastating.
When you’re exhausted all the time it completely changes the way you live. You stop doing the things you love. Life becomes an endless series of tasks you don’t have the energy to carry out.
Tiredness was a problem for me throughout my time with anxiety. It would vary in its severity but it was always there. Sometimes it would be mild and would mean I had to sleep a lot and avoid anything too strenuous. Sometimes it would be severe and would mean I couldn’t get out of bed for days at a time.
A couple of times my doctor ran tests on me to see if there was a medical reason for my tiredness, but everything always came back normal. It was probably anxiety, she said.
I refused to believe that anxiety could cause such severe and chronic tiredness so I Googled it.
Google told me I had every terrible disease I could imagine, and that just made my anxiety worse.
Another anxiety-fueled vicious cycle: my anxiety made me tired, my tiredness made me anxious, and the cycle continued until it had turned me into a mental and physical wreck.
To break the cycle I had to find a way to stop the tiredness that had started all the problems in the first place.
So I learned all I could about it.
I read books about anxiety and tiredness and looked for the links between the two, I talked to dozens of other people who’d had anxiety-related tiredness and beaten it, and I did experiments on myself to see which actions and behaviours worked at reducing and eliminating my tiredness.
In this post I’m going to share with you everything I learned. You’ll get to see everything I did to overcome my anxiety-related tiredness. Hopefully you can use these same ideas to overcome your own problems with anxiety and tiredness.
The best place to start is by looking at why anxiety causes tiredness in the first place.