Have you been feeling sluggish lately to the point that it affects your activities of daily living? Here are some possible explanations why you’re feeling tired:

1. Sleep deprivation. Sleep has a way of energizing us especially after a long, stressful day. So if you’re feeling tired, take a power nap.

2. Sedentary lifestyle.  According to a University of Georgia study, “Sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks.” Exercising regularly releases endorphins which are the happy hormones and boosts your strength. It also assists in helping your cardiovascular system work more efficiently and effectively.

3. Dehydration. As stated by Amy Goodson, Registered Dietician for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, “ As little as 2% of normal fluid loss takes a toll on energy levels.” Lack of water intake reduces the ability of the heart to pump efficiently. In order to know your recommended fluid intake, take your weight in pounds, divide it in half and that’s the number of ounces of water you need per day.

4. You may be iron deficient. When you lack iron, you feel weak, sluggish, and irritable. Women are mainly at risk because of menstruation so load up on lean beef, tofu, eggs, and dark leafy vegetables to increase your iron level as well as fruits rich in Vitamin C for iron absorption. On a side note, consult your doctor to be sure that you do not have any other underlying problem.

5. Being a perfectionist. Face it, it is impossible to make your tasks all the way perfect no matter how long or how hard you work. There will always be flaws so as you set your goals, make sure that they are realistic and have a room to move because if you set goals hard to reach, stress will be your new and everyday best friend.

6. You worry too much. Making everything too much of a big deal can drain you mentally and physically. Assess your situation realistically and decide rationally. Living in constant fear or anxiety paralyzes you so when you’re having these kinds of thoughts, take a breathe. Do something you like or talk to a friend to release some of your thoughts to effectively cope with the situation.

7. You always skip having breakfast. Food energizes you especially in the morning. When you sleep, your metabolism is slower so you need food to wake your body up. Eating a good breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day so never skip it. It is, after all, the most important meal of the day.