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How to Take Care of Yourself If You Are Feeling Tired

Updated on March 17, 2015
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You may feel tired due to stress at work, a hectic lifestyle, or from running after your small children. Whatever the reason, we all feel tired at some point.

The tiredness often takes its physical toll, perhaps showing up in the form of dark circles or bags under your eyes. Other signs that you are tired include lack of energy during the day and noticing a heavy feeling to your body.

Initiate the process yourself to feel more energized when you find these signs frequently appearing in your days.

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The Permission

Give yourself the permission to slow down.

Yes, you are allowed.

The world will not end if you do not get all of the "to-do" tasks done in a given day. Chances are good that at least some of these tasks can be rolled over to the next day or week. Get the critical items accomplished first and recognize it is okay to get the other ones done at a later time when you have more energy.

Allow yourself to relax.

Reach Out

Reach out to other people to help you through your day. When you feel tired, you may be less productive than the average day. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Turn to the people at home and at work that can help you both emotionally and with physical tasks.

For example, explain to your other household members that you are feeling under the weather. Ask them to pitch in more around the house or to take one of your usual household tasks. At the office, perhaps a deadline is flexible and can be bumped to another week if you explain the situation to your supervisor.

Aside from helping you with physical tasks, your support group can also be an emotional support. Talking about your feelings to a close friend or family member may help you alleviate stress and give you more perception about your current circumstances.

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The supporters may also offer you useful suggestions they have used to help them alleviate tired feelings. You can incorporate these methods into your current routine to help you.

Your support system will appreciate your honesty. Chances are high that these people have felt tired at certain times and can empathize with your current situation. People who really care about you are more than willing to give their time and energy to help you when you struggle in your day.

Your general physician is also an excellent resource. A physical examination will help to point out any deficiencies in your health and your doctor can help offer methods to alleviate your tiredness.


As well, take care of yourself when you feel tired by indulging in your favourite relaxation methods.

Take a long bubble bath if the activity is one that relaxes you. Let your household members know that you need the time to yourself and do not want to be disturbed. There is nothing wrong with taking time to yourself; you deserve it.

Other ways that you may choose to relax include:

  • Watch your favourite movie or reality show on television while lying on the couch
  • Read a book
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Meditation poses or yoga

The specific methods to relax vary according to personal preference. You may feel tired because you have neglected to put yourself first. Take the time now to prioritize yourself.

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Re-Prioritize Sleep

You may feel tired at least partly because you are not getting enough sleep.

Ask yourself,

  • Are you getting enough hours of sleep each night?
  • Have you cut back your sleeping hours lately?
  • Have you recently adjusted the hours you go to bed or wake in the morning?

Any of these sleep disruptions may be contributing to your tired feelings. Make an extra effort to get more sleep at night.

If you are not able to schedule more time at night, perhaps a short nap during the day is a better solution for you.

Yes You.

Incorporate one or all of the above methods into your schedule to help you feel more energized. Take time for yourself, by indulging in the simple pleasures you find around you. Reach out to close friends, family, and co-workers to help you achieve a less stressful day as you may be physically and mentally tired.

Recognize that you are not alone in feeling tired. Help prevent developing more serious conditions such as the flu and depression by making you a priority right now. Get back to feeling more like yourself again!

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      oh dear @Oscar, that's quite the time spent driving. How you have time to write at HP I do not know! I hope you get a summer vacation soon

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      Oscar Jones 

      6 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      come on!!!! can't I even have a few more minutes sleep?? yes I lose my sleep during the weekdays.. 12- 14 hours driving, and 4- 5 hours in bed.. I need a vacation!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Thelma, I wrote this one when I felt myself getting run-down and thought others could connect with the ways I took care of myself. I'm glad you do take care of yourself with your music - that's a nice method to use. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Great advice. Very well written hub. Yes, we do have to take care of ourselves first before others. How can we help others when we are so tired and lack of sleep? When I felt tired, I listened to my favorite old songs while laying down on the bed with eyes closed. Sometimes I did autogenic training. Thanks for SHARING.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @dwachira, I do hope that the tips help you. Relaxing at the end of a busy day is a great way to reward ourselves. Thanks for stopping by here today.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I work in a College as a lecturer, i talk for hours and all while standing up beside other work that makes me very tired at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing these tips, i will surely try some of them. Voted up, useful and shared.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Melovy, Excellent tip! I am having a flashback to seeing this being done on a Dr Oz show once.. Thanks for adding the tidbit here!

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      An interesting hub with lots of good suggestions. It’s easy for people to think they have to do things and so push themselves too much and not get enough rest, so I like your suggestions to take care of you.

      One thing that can make a huge difference to how tired you feel is how you breathe. Shallow breathing in the upper chest is very tiring - and stress-inducing - so paying attention to breathing into the lower abdomen can help reduce tiredness.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Judi, how wonderful that my hub could be useful for you! Relax and enjoy your evening. Remember to regularly take time for yourself.

      @thoughtforce, nice to see you! Indeed, we can be tired even though we do get enough sleep. We keep piling activities into our days often do not make ourselves a top priority...

      @Sunshine, You lovely gal you! Thanks for the comment, I am getting energy off of just reading! :)

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      Judi Brown 

      6 years ago from UK

      After only a week back at school following the half term break I am exhausted (as is everyone else, staff and children alike!), so this is a great hub for me this evening. I shall follow your advice - thanks!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This is a hub to follow and you have listed how to take care of ourselves very well. My problem is that I don't get enough sleep! But it is a bit strange though that so many people feel that they don't have the time to sleep! In our modern way of living when many of us have a good and comfortable life, we seem to be more stressed and tired as ever before! Voted up, interesting, useful!


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent hub filled with useful advice. I gained tons of energy just from reading it!:)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Lee. We all need to take care of ourselves when we are feeling tired. I'm glad you found the information useful.

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      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great Hub Christy and very useful. I enjoyed very much. I voted UP, useful, awesome and interesting. Lee

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Alocsin, I completely understand what you are saying here. It can be hard for us to allow ourselves to relax but it is important to do. Thank-you for your comment and vote!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good advice that I need to take. My greatest problem is not getting enough sleep since I try to cram in as much into every hour of the day. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @teaches 12345, your comments are always welcomed! I'm glad you learned from the hub.

      @maggs224, Your compliments humble me. I do hope you make time for that sleep!

      @MarcBabineau, I do hope you feel less tired some days. Perhaps wearing ear plugs would help? Thanks Marc for the read and comment!

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I'm almost always tired - a mix of Rx drugs and a neighbor who wakes me up at 6 - 7 am every day with uncontrolled kids! A great hub, Christy! Well done!

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      6 years ago from Sunny Spain

      A very interesting informative and useful hub and I shall be hitting all the appropriate buttons to say just that on my way out as well as voting up.

      I may even try to get more sleep :D

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a hub that goes in my mental file for keeps! Great information in this hub! Voted up.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, Debbie I thank you for sharing with me about your difficult family times right now. I send you and your husband healing thoughts and wish you strength to get through this time. Enjoy your relaxing bath and your alone time. xx

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Absolutely billybuc, give yourself the restful time you need. You will find yourself refreshed after the break :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Tammy! I know days get busy, so I do hope these suggestions are helpful for you. Take care.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe hi Casandra! I have been thinking about you and hope you are well. Absolutely, we need to carve out time for ourselves in our days.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That sounds like a great kind of day to me, I'm drinking a cup of tea right now as I read your comment! Thanks Ardie for stopping by and I'm glad you are taking time to relax :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow.. I needed to read this.. I am a caregiver to my husband. he had an motorcycle accident last Jan. and he almost died and it has taken a tole on me. Although he is getting better all the time he is still in a wheelchair and will be for a while. this is a great hub.. the bubble bath sounds real good right now with a glass of wine..

      voted up


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well this hub couldn't have come at a better time; I'm dragging today and now I give myself permission to take a break. Great suggestions and I thank you for them.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great advice! My biggest problem is a lack of sleep. I try to fit too many things into 24 hours. I will consider your suggestions. Well done!

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      Casandra Miska 

      6 years ago

      What practical info on taking care of the most important person, ourselves. I agree, if we don't care for ourselves, how can we care for anyone else.

      Good advice, Christy!

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      This is a great Hub. I often forget that I am permitted to slow down and rest. I think I forget just how much I do to keep up with the house and kids. Its never-ending so then I just feel like I didn't do very much. Im thinking today is a "kick back with a cup of tea and listen to a good CD" day :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I wish more people thought like you tirelesstraveler! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Rosalinem. The 'me' time can be the hardest time for us to allow ourselves but it is crucial for regaining our sense of balance. I appreciate the compliments!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes the body and mind do work in conjunction that way. Good points here Vinaya. Thanks for the great comment!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      We can free ourselves from physical tiredness easily, but we have to work hard to get rid of mental exhaustion. It is also true that when our body feels comfortable, our mind will also be in equilibrium, and vice versa.

      Good writing!

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      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very well written,its crucial to get the 'me' time to rejuvenate your energy level and relax. Voted up and useful

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Why we don't give ourselves permission to slow down from time to time eludes me. Voted up and useful.


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