How does stress make you tired?

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Registered: 02-18-2013
How does stress make you tired?
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Sun, 06-30-2013 - 10:16am

I have been dealing with some issues at work lately that leave me completely exhausted by the end of the day. I thought maybe I was getting sick but a couple of my co-workers are dealing with the same thing and they say it stress. How does stress make you so tired? What can you do to feel more energetic?

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Registered: 02-18-2013
Sun, 07-07-2013 - 10:06am

I think it raises your heart rate for an extended period of time thereby making you tired like you've been exercising. At least that is how it has been explained to me.

Have you tried vitamin B-12?

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Registered: 09-12-2011
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 4:26pm
In short, yes, anxiety and stress can lead to you being tired. Stress, especially, compromises your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to illness. Stress can also interrupt sleep. Additionally, anxiety CAN interrupt sleep. Not having sleep leads to even more of a compromised immune system, slower thinking, irritability, and chaotic emotions. Meditation helps to focus your thoughts. The best way I've heard meditation described is that it's the space between thoughts. Typically our thoughts are one right after the other, but meditation trains us to stretch that 'quiet' space in between. The good thing about meditation is that it strengthens our focus "muscle", which positively affects us in other aspects of our lives (i.e. in class, with our friends), in that we can stay focused and attentive for longer periods of time. Now, with all of that said, I do have to add on that there may be more going on that just lack of sleep and lack of meditation. If you are thinking about/contemplating suicide, then you should probably go to a counselor or psychiatrist (different things) to be assessed - there's a strong correlation between depression and suicidal ideation. That is NOT to say that you for sure have depression - that's not what I mean, at all. However, I think it best to err on the side of caution and get checked out. Lastly, alternative ways you can go about defeating the feelings of hopelessness, worthlesness, guilt, etc., are through consistent exercise (which releases those 'feel good' chemicals - half hour per day, at least), meditating, a consistent sleep pattern, and getting yourself assessed through a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Hope this helps you in some way...
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Registered: 07-29-2013
Mon, 07-29-2013 - 11:21pm
Hi Jambalyia, If it's work and several of your co-workers are feeling the same way, it may be Stress or more likely Burnout. Burnout is when you feel exhausted all the time, you often feel cynical towards your work and feel ineffective in making a difference. This YouTube video gives you a bit more of an explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUqGY7uypYg

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