The Hidden Language of Fatigue

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Fatigue has lots of causes. Some of the major ones, including anemia, diabetes and hepatitis C, are serious medical conditions that require medical intervention. Others, such as fatigue caused by too much processed food in the diet, not enough Vitamin D, not enough omega-3 fatty acids and not enough magnesium, can be remedied by improving the quality of one’s diet and by taking supplements.

Lifestyle issues, including not moving enough and not experiencing restorative sleep, can also contribute to fatigue. Fatigue can also have a psychological component. Fatigue is sometimes about wanting to check out.

Years ago, I was in a great job. Great title. Good salary. Important work. During that time, I found myself falling asleep nearly every day on the way home from work. Was I tired from the work day? Yes, but no more than a normal person after a normal day at work. It was so bad, I had an appointment for a sleep study to try to get to the bottom of the constant fatigue.

And then I realized that I hated my job. Or, more accurately, I had a boss who liked to keep my hands tied. I was frustrated at not being able to be creative at work, because my boss didn’t like me to stretch beyond the fierce limits she imposed. My nodding off in the late afternoons was a function of not wanting to deal with what I knew I had to deal with. I knew, in some deep place, that I had to quit. It wasn’t a reality I wanted to face. But once I did, my normal energy returned because my fatigue wasn’t about anything physical. It was about a work situation that drained me. Other psychological factors that can be related to fatigue include grief, anxiety, abuse, boredom, relocating and divorce.

Whether the primary cause is physical or emotional, when you’re fatigued, it’s important to take the best care of yourself that you can. That means taking care to eat well, moving your body and, perhaps most importantly, finding someone to talk things out with.

Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon.  You can find her on at [email protected] Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.

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