“Why Do I Lack Energy?” The Guide

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By Jessica Hamlin

The Problem:

You lack energy

“Why am I tired?” Do you feel like you’re doing everything “right” and still face fatigue? Or are you wondering why you lack energy and feel like you’re missing something that could help you but don’t know where to start? In this fast-paced world it’s easy to feel tired or overwhelmed, especially since news and social media is updated 24/7.

But we don’t need to operate 24/7. Most of you told us that coffee or caffeine are your go-to when you're tired. But are you reaching for more and more jolts in a cup and coming up short? Let’s look at how to get the energy you need to do the things you want to do. We’ll start with identifying what is draining you.

How You Got Here:

Identifying Energy Sucks

There are many reasons why you might lack energy. Some may seem obvious, like sleep, but a third of Americans don’t get enough. When we’ve done the same things for so long, our habits, routine, food and stress level may seem normal to us, when in fact, they are draining us. So take a closer look.

What Can You Do About It?

We’re Here For the Whole Person

We have many aspects to our life and health, so there may not be only one reason why you’re tired. Sleep, water, vitamins, movement and food all have the potential to fuel us. But if we’re not getting enough or the right kind that works for us, we’ll still be drained.

So look at every area of your life and see where you can adjust, because it all matters and can make a difference.

Where Do You Start?

After identifying why you might be tired, you can take small steps to address that. And if you’re not sure why you’re tired, perhaps consult a health professional and try making small changes one at a time to see what makes a difference.

Here are 4 articles that address how to get more energy for the short-term and ultimately the long haul:

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Jessica Hamlin is an LA-born and bred journalist and editor who started taking pictures of food back when everyone used film cameras. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program, she’s passionate about wellness and enjoys making and discovering delicious and healthy food. Her work has appeared in Clean Plates, NPR affiliate KPCC, AOL, and Eater LA.