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3 reasons it’s OK you’re more tired these days

Nutrition & Wellbeing

We’re all trying to cope with a new normal. Here’s why you’re not lazy if you are feeling exhausted and less productive

Everyone is finding their own unique ways of coping during isolation or working more from home. As soon as you log in to any of your social media profiles you are likely to be flooded with examples of people’s coping mechanisms in practice; some are running marathons in their back gardens, becoming artisan sourdough bread bakers, crafting intricate colour-coded home-schooling calendars for their children and others are even learning a completely new skill like another language. When you see everyone else’s highlight reels it’s easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough. Especially when some days, it feels like an achievement just being able to get out of bed in the morning. But we’d like to let you in on the secret that others aren’t sharing on their newsfeeds: it’s totally normal to feel tired and unmotivated at the moment. In fact, experts have even said it’s more likely that you’ll be experiencing cases of fatigue during time in isolation. So we’ve gathered three scientific reasons you’re likely to feel more exhausted, and how you can help combat them.

1. Isolation insomnia is common

Lots of people are finding it increasingly difficult to get shut eye during this global pandemic. And the less sleep you get, the more exhausted you feel during the day. In a recent article, sleep doctor, Seema Khosla says “we’ve seen more people worried, more people with anxiety… and more insomnia”.

If you’re having trouble winding down at night time, one of our favourite tips is to try a relaxation technique like meditation. You can even find apps that help guide you through different meditations.

2. More screen time means less restful sleeping

With regular activities on pause, many people are spending a lot more time looking at their phones, computers and televisions. While it’s tempting to watch the news before bed or to scroll through your newsfeed, this screen time could be the reason you’re not getting a good night’s sleep. According to The Sleep Foundation, exposure to the blue light emitted from these screens can delay the release of sleep-inducing melatonin, increase our feelings of alertness, and reset our body's circadian rhythm (our internal clocks) to a later schedule.

If you’re struggling to get a restful night’s sleep, why not try giving yourself a screen time curfew? Turn off all screens at least 60 minutes before bedtime. Instead, try winding down with a really good book.

3. You may be experiencing productivity fatigue

As we mentioned earlier, everyone online seems to be doing something productive with their time. And seeing all of this content can be incredibly overwhelming and can leave you feeling like you aren’t doing enough. But it’s important to remember that these are just other people’s coping mechanisms. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. And it’s okay to cope with this new normal in a way that feels right for you.

Our tip here is simple, don’t place unrealistic expectations on yourself. Rather, take each day as it comes and fill your time with activities that make you happy. If that means doing a puzzle all day, that’s okay.

So remember, it’s totally normal to feel more tired than usual these days. As long as you remain patient with yourself, you’ll start to feel better sooner than you expect.

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