Everybody feels tired sometimes. But when do you have a fatigue? When you are fatigued, you feel the fatigue having an influence on different parts of your life. For example, if you are fatigued, it becomes hard to think. It often is no problem if you have a fatigue for a short while, but if it persists, it could have serious consequences. In this article we describe symptoms of fatigue, signals which can help you recognize it, and what you can do if it is too late.
Fatigue in itself can be a symptom of, for example, a burnout, but there are also signals which can help you see when you have a fatigue. First of all, you do not sleep well. This can have different causes. You might be too stressed to sleep, or you are worrying which stops you from falling asleep. After a while you will notice that the lack of sleep starts weighing you down, and that you start making more mistakes. You have trouble focusing and remembering things. You also get tired quickly and forget a lot. For example, if somebody asks you to send an e-mail, you might forget this more than once. It often starts out with small things, but as it goes on the large things, too, can cause a problem. If you notice that fatigue has an increasingly large influence on your daily functioning, it could be good to look at why you are fatigued, and what you can do about it.
Fatigue is often caused by our brain having problems with shutting down in the evening, or because our body is too agitated to calm down. This is often caused by anxiety, depression or stress. In this case it could therefore be useful to deal with your anxiety, depression or stress. This can be done with the help of our online self-help program. It guides you through dealing with stress, depression and/or anxiety, meaning your issues with sleep and the consequences thereof will decrease.
Fatigue: do the stress test!
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