“I’m so tired!”
I hear this declaration every week in my office. Session after session, people complain that they don’t have enough energy to get through the day and are chronically tired.
how bad They don’t want to leave their homes for their weekly psychotherapy sessions.
“Do I have to come in today?” they whine. “Can we talk on the phone?”
What started this epidemic of fatigue?
Pandemic effect and ‘lifestyle fatigue’
Like most people, you probably spend too much time at home scrolling through your phone, bingeing on shows, and mindlessly clicking through TikTok and YouTube videos. .
know. I’ve been there.
The pandemic has played a big role in creating this new sedentary lifestyle. Being stuck indoors, cooped up on the couch, detached, inactive, and having limited social contact with people for months can definitely leave you unsatisfied with life.
But what impact will this post-pandemic lifestyle have on mental health?
feelings of depression
Feeling depressed can start to overwhelm you with anxiety and self-doubt. Or worse, you may begin to lose touch with reality. Your mind may start playing tricks on you. you might ask yourself, “Why do you feel depressed all of a sudden? ”
The answer is often hidden in plain sight.
Instead of researching your medical history, making an appointment with a psychiatrist, or blaming yourself for how you feel, consider these key questions:
Is your depression a product of your lifestyle?
Given the most common triggers for depression, such as social isolation, sedentary lifestyles, and lack of creative stimulation, it’s clear that such repetitive habits are hotbeds of depression.
Depression and “Lifestyle Fatigue”
In my post, Keys to Understanding High-Functioning Depression, I point out that high-functioning depression (also known as dysthymia) can be difficult to spot. Unlike major depressive episodes, high-functioning depression is low-level, chronic, and lacks clear triggers.
However, “lifestyle fatigue” has clear triggers, and is more likely a result of feeling stuck in a rut rather than a predisposition to depression. It’s a term, not a formal diagnosis.)
“Life Fatigue” Checklist
Read the list below and note which questions you answered yes to.
- Do you feel the same every day?
- Is your job boring and unrewarding?
- Scared to leave home?
- Do you avoid friends and social interactions?
- Do you spend more time on screen than people do?
- Are you running out of creativity?
- Have you lost your libido?
- Do you ruminate or obsess over your failures?
- Are you eating too much or are you eating too much?
- Do activities that used to be fun now feel like a waste of time?
If 5 or more apply, there is a possibility of “life fatigue” (however, “life fatigue” does not exclude the possibility of depression).
How to get out of “life fatigue”
“Lifestyle Fatigue” lives and breathes in sameness and repetition. Freedom follows him from one powerful word. Change.
Even small changes in your daily routine, such as waking up early, going to bed early, contacting old friends, and going to concerts and theaters, can make a difference. Look for new activities that disrupt monotony and predictability.
Big or small doesn’t matter. Change is a powerful antidote. For example, a psychotherapy patient with me says that simply by reorganizing her kitchen, she began to feel relief from “lifestyle fatigue.” Another patient felt better after enrolling in a dance class, and another booked a trip to a tropical island with a friend.
Such choices bring fresh energy and vitality, reminding us that life is what we make it. Even small changes can give you the boost you need to refresh your spirit and reboot your lifestyle.
For ideas on how to challenge yourself and break free from “lifestyle fatigue,” see 9 Ways to Cure Your Depression.