Why Am I So Tired?


Why Am I So Tired?

This is a question a lot of people ask themselves on a daily basis. We all get tired, especially after a long day at work, after a full day of looking after the kids, even just a day out in the fresh air. If you are asking yourself ‘why am I so tired’ on a daily basis, there might be something else going on.

Before I go into more details, I should state that I am not a doctor, nor am I qualified in any way to give medical advice on why you are tired. This is just based on my experience and something I am now putting into practice, which has left me feeling more buoyant at the end of the day.

The reason why you are tired is because you multi-task too much. Shock, horror, that’s not what you expected is it?

I’m been studying and practising being more mindful in my day-to-day activities and one of the lessons to come out of this has been around complex multitasking and how the brain copes with this. This is one of the reasons you may be asking yourself, why am I so tired?

Why Am I So Tired?

Complex multi-tasking is where you are expecting the brain to run complex tasks at the same time. For example trying to solve an equation whilst driving. You wouldn’t really do that, would you? Simple multitasking is fine. Talking whilst walking, breathing whilst doing almost anything else. Even eating dinner in a restaurant whilst listening to a conversation is all okay and the brain can process these simple tasks simultaneously. But anything more complex than this is making you cranky.

If you are constantly asking your brain to switch between two different complex tasks, it’s getting worn out. And believe me when I say it is switching between tasks. The brain is just not geared towards carrying out complex processes simultaneously, so even though you think you are multi-tasking, you actually aren’t. You are just switching rapidly between different processes and your brain does not like it, not one bit.

It’s also slowing you down. If you were to solely focus on one task and get this task as complete as possible, prior to moving on to the other task, you would be saving brain power and time. When the brain switches between different complex tasks, it takes up to a second for it to switch focus and process the new task. If you are constantly doing that, you are wasting so much time.

So train yourself to focus completely on the task in hand, until you cannot go any further with it, then switch to the next task on your list. If you apply this to your everyday life, you will give your brain a break from the constant switching process and you will feel less tired at the end of each day. Easier said than done, I know. But just try it, next time you think ‘why am I so tired’, task yourself into being mindful of when you are trying to do too much at the same time and see if you can get more done without wearing yourself out.

I’d love to know if this works for you. I’ve found this has helped me immensely with sluggish feelings at the end of the day.

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16 thoughts on “Why Am I So Tired?

  1. I absolutely need todo this, I know it would help me immensely. Little human brains aren’t made to cope with this big bad world #LifeLovingLinkie

  2. Avatar blabbermama says:

    I am guilty of multi tasking massively- and not the dinner and conversation kind. I might try mindfulness out- I do think I’d be more productive! Thanks for hosting #lifelovinglinky

    • Sally Sally says:

      It’s really hard not to multi-task as there’s always so much going on. It must be even harder as a parent.

    • Sally Sally says:

      That’s just the lack of 3pm treats in the office. Everyone needs a mid-afternoon pick up with their cuppa.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ha ha – I’m sure he’s not that grumpy Annie. If so, you should tell him to do one thing at a time. We joke about men not being able to multi-task, but actually that’s the right way to do it!

  3. I think multi-tasking has become the new “normal” in our busy world. I know it’s part of my job to be doing at least three things at once constantly. But you are absolutely right, when we slow it down a little, focus on one thing at a time and step back and be “in the moment” when we can, it is such a relief and I’m sure it makes for a lot less stress and tiredness.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It’s so hard Leanne. I think we are often so easily fooled into thinking that we will get more things done if we juggle many things at a time, but the opposite of quite often true. It’s hard to keep it all in check, especially at work when everyone is demanding everything yesterday!

  4. It’s a real skill to compartmentalise tasks in your day to day life. It’s the learning to ‘switch on’ then ‘switch off’ that is key. Great advice! Mimi xxx

    • Sally Sally says:

      You’re right. It’s really hard to do this all the time and also to keep doing it. It’s a skill that will probably take a lifetime to master.

  5. Being mindful is very important; to me, it’s more like being better organized. If I’m organized, I can automatically accomplish more, without spinning my wheels. I feel accomplished and, if I’m tired, it’s a good tired!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I completely agree Emily. There’s nothing like being tired because you know you’ve done a lot. And nothing more frustrating feeling tired and lethargic because you’ve done nothing.

  6. Good tips. I’m feeling completely exhausted lately and wondering why (though being 35 weeks pregnant is probably part of it). #lifelovinglinkie

    • Sally Sally says:

      I think being 35 weeks pregnant is a very big part of it Kaye! Hope you are feeling okay apart from the tiredness.

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