It’s the end of winter, I hope at least by the time you read this article, and you don’t need to look far to find people who are feeling tired. Whether it’s from shoveling all that snow, the lack of sunlight, enjoying the snow with winter activities, too much time hibernating, or too many colds, there are many ways for us to feel tired by the end of winter. As if all those reasons weren’t enough, we live in a society that over-emphasizes activity and disregards the need for rest. It isn’t any wonder we feel so run down from time to time.
For anyone who is dealing with tiredness, it is most helpful to look deeply into the origins of their tiredness.
Once the pattern is clearly identified, self-help measures can then be applied in order to target the source of their tiredness.
In this three-part article, I would like to share with you a few of the more likely origins of tiredness in order to shed light on ways to help combat feeling so tired.
Living in Canada, climactic factors, such as dealing with an over-abundance of snow or an under-abundance of sunlight, can deregulate our bodies and sap our strength.
In dealing with winter in Quebec, it is best to accept the cold weather and snow and use it to our advantage. There are plenty of winter sports to take part in or, if you really don’t like the cold, you can take a class that gets your body moving or go to the gym. Exercise is an interesting phenomenon in that it uses energy, but also gives us more energy in return. The fresh air and, hopefully sunlight, are an added bonus.
For certain people, the lack of sunlight can be a real drain on their energy. This problem is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Common therapies for this problem include light therapy, carefully timed melatonin supplements, Vitamin D supplements, and exercise. For anyone who has difficulty changing with the seasons, acupuncture can be extremely useful in easing the body from one season to the next.
Life pressures are another area to consider when we’re tired. The start of school, moving, the loss of a job, relationship difficulties, an accident, bereavement, etc. can both deplete and stagnant our energy, which results in tiredness. In this type of situation there is most likely a certain amount of emotional baggage, which if not dealt with, can weigh us down both mentally and physically.
Obviously each situation and each person is different, but what I have found most helpful for patients in the clinic is the ability and willingness of the person to at least try and discover, understand, and name their problems, issues, and troubles.
Once the problem is clearly and precisely identified, dealing with the emotional component, which is intertwined with the problem, becomes easier to deal with. It is always best to express our emotions and feelings rather than let them stagnate and create more stress. This is where having good friends, family, and/or a therapist become important. As crazy as it sounds, stress and emotional blockages easily lead to mental and physical illnesses, which, in turn lead to tiredness.
If you are feeling tired this spring, try and think about the underlying reasons behind your tiredness. Once you have examined the possible causes of your tiredness, the solutions become more apparent.