People who are living with depression often feel like they have no energy. If you or someone you love is experiencing this along with other symptoms of depression, such as feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and decreased interest in activities you once enjoyed, it's important to seek help. Confidant can connect you with mental health professionals in your area who can treat your condition.
Getting treatment should be your first and foremost priority. Also, there are things you can do that may help you address your decreased energy and fatigue.
Stay Physically Active
It may seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can increase your energy level. So it's important to exercise often, even if you don't feel like it. That doesn't mean you have to become a bodybuilder or world-class endurance athlete.
Choose an activity that's realistic and enjoyable for you. Walking is a good example of something just about anybody can do. Or put on some music and dance. Make it a regular habit, and you'll soon notice you're feeling a little more energetic each day.
Regulate Your Sleep
You're going to feel tired during the day if you're not getting enough sleep at night. Sleeping too much can also make you fatigued. The key is to find the right balance of getting enough, but not too much -- then develop a routine and stick to it.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you:
- Keep a regular schedule of sleep and wake times.
- Get some exposure to bright light when you first wake up.
- Exercise every day.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid afternoon naps, which can interfere with nighttime sleep.