What To Do If You're Fatigued All The Time

Being fatigued all the time isn’t fun. When you feel sluggish and exhausted during the day and even after a three hour nap, people are quick to assume that it’s either a medical condition or you’re very depressed.

It’s also a killer to productivity.

However, after trying different things to combat fatigue, I know that there are definitely things you can do that are within your control.

Drink More Water

Yes, I know this is an obvious one, but besides bad quality sleep, dehydration is probably the main reason why you feel tired throughout the day. One thing that can help is to make drinking water seem enjoyable, effortless, and convenient. Have a nice leak-proof bottle right beside your desk and bring it with you wherever you go.

Don’t skip daily vitamins

I’ve gone without vitamins for a week and vitamin deficiencies really do affect my energy levels.

Take additional supplements like Vitamin B12

When I got my blood test done a few years ago, I was pretty normal with everything except that my “blood cells were too big.” As someone who rarely eats meat, I have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, which is the reason why I have Macrocytic anemia.

You can read more about the benefits of Vitamin B12 here.

Exercise

You don’t have to run a mile or lift weights or get a gym membership. Just 15 minutes of walking per day will help because that is better than nothing.

Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Water

Apple Cider Vinegar has many health benefits including controlling blood sugar levels (and having unstable blood sugar levels is a major cause of fatigue). However, because of its acidity, it must be diluted with water (ideally 1 tbsp for every 8 fluid ounces of water). I personally don’t drink it with water because I like adding it to soup and using it as a flavor enhancer in meals.

Eat nourishing foods

Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, lean meats, fish, eggs, and anything that isn’t processed. Chemicals, artificial flavorings, and preservatives can make you more sluggish because your body can’t process them properly or turn them into energy.

Have a regular sleeping routine and avoid naps

Go to bed at the same time every night. Wake up at the same time every morning. Avoid naps because they can throw off your sleep cycle. But if you don’t have a regular sleeping routine, it will come as shock to your system if you sleep at 3 AM one night and then suddenly go to bed at 10 PM the next night. I would suggest going back half an hour per night and then sticking to the ideal time for you to go to bed.

If none of the above things work, then there may be an underlying condition that cannot be treated by yourself. In that case, seek a medical professional.

To My Fellow Creatives: You're Worthy Of Pursuing Your Passions

It’s tough to keep going when there are so many elitists out there (those who have the multiple degrees, years of experience, a prestigious position in their field, and industry connections) who will do anything to discourage you from pursuing your passion, even going so far as to questioning your motives: “You’re not a real writer/artist because you just want to make money and get thousands of followers.”

I’m sure we’ve all heard the following things before, not just from elitists, but from people who aren’t actively pursuing a creative goal:

“You need to be more realistic.”

“If you can’t do it every day, you’re just a wannabe dreamer.”

“You’re untalented. You can’t do what you want if you aren’t qualified for it.”

I once was caught up in that trap (by also judging passionate side hustlers for being “unrealistic” and “childish” for stepping out and creating a life that they dared to dream of), but now I realize that it’s so unfair of me to judge all new creatives for sharing their work, and I know that the creative world isn’t free from cutthroat competition imposed by elitists who still believe that if new people get a slice of the pie, then they won’t have as much.

But there’s always room for more content creators, despite how much the cynics complain about oversaturation in the market.

New people have a lot to share, and it takes a tremendous amount of courage to say what’s on their hearts. I applaud them for that.

Yeah, we all understand that life as a creative isn’t straightforward or linear. We don’t need to be reminded that it’s a harsh world out there. We already know that pursuing a life of passion isn’t easy at all, but it’s so worthwhile and we know we have the potential to create even more amazing things, though we weren’t born into the top 1% of the world and we don’t have the rare prodigious talent that people say you need. Because that’s overrated.

You shouldn’t let anyone stop you from creating, not even if they claim that you are just an average person with a shallow dream. You are not shallow for wanting more in life. You’ll never get past average if you allow their criticisms of you to influence you not to try at all.

The majority of content creators do it because they simply LOVE creating. Not for the followers, the likes, the potential passive income stream, or for people to think they’re talented. They are compelled to create because they can’t imagine a life without it. Elitists often judge newbies for pursuing it for the wrong reasons.

Even when a writer isn’t considered “good,” I’ll love that writer if he or she writes something that makes me feel understood, despite how much people think it’s too simplistic and vulnerable.

You don’t need to tell other people that they’re being unrealistic by pursuing a creative goal. I only hurt myself when I held those views in my heart. But there’s so much more to life than success and trying to beat competitors in order to reach the top of a world that doesn’t even welcome you with open arms anyway.

So my fellow creatives, keep moving, keep creating, and no matter what, keep that fire going!

You Can't Build Your Future Self Out Of False Hopes And Expectations

You’ve probably been let down far too many times to count. You’ve probably bet on something turning out exactly the way you envisioned it, but it never did. And you’ve probably looked up to people who are “successful” and tried to copy their habits in hopes of being like them while overdosing on positive affirmations because you’ve heard that if you’re too negative, you’re inevitably setting yourself up for failure and dooming yourself to a mediocre life. 

But guess what? You’re still not where you want to be. No, not even close.

You’re chasing dreams, but you’re still in a reality that you can’t change. You’re fighting back against the fears that keep you controlled, but you’re still losing. You’re running towards something, but it keeps growing further away from you.

It’s easy to blame everything on bad habits, distractions, and those annoying emergencies that get in the way. It’s easy to blame society for its unrealistic expectations, but the truth is, it’s impossible to become a carbon copy of someone you admire the most, no matter how much you want to be like them and have their success story be yours.

Everyone wants something. But not everyone can get what they want. And not all wants are for everyone.

You can be the most disciplined, hardworking, and authentic person in the world, but you can still fail to get what you want. You can follow all of the rules of the great philosophers and lifestyle gurus in the world and not even reach their level of success, wisdom, or productivity.

You can’t count on good habits and your ability to remain consistent for every single day of the year. You’re human, not a high-powered productivity machine that operates all day and night. You give into temptations, you become fatigued, you burn out, your greatest efforts don’t get you anywhere, and sometimes, you even feel like dying. Life gets in the way and you may disappear for days because you’re too sick, sad, or traumatized to function at your peak. You can’t expect your self-sabotaging ways to disappear just by waking up at 5 AM, drinking green juice, meditating like a Tibetan monk, generating a six-figure side hustle, and bullet journaling your entire life down to the last dot.

You look at someone’s life and believe that if yours is somewhat similar to that, you can finally call yourself “successful.”  

There are many nuances to life that can never be broken down into something you understand. There are so many uncertainties that you cannot possibly predict because as much as you think you know the future based on several people’s life trajectories and success formulas, you can’t fully know your own. There are too many variables that come into play, and you can’t count on anything.

You can’t count on yourself. Not even your future self.

But why?

You see, you might have this idea in your head about how your future self will turn out. But the problem is, it’s not your actual future self. It’s only an idea of who you’d like to be based on a combination of what other people are and what you hope you’d become.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with identifying who you’d like to be and what kinds of qualities you’d like to hone in on, but you really have no final say in how your future self will turn out. 

Your future self is only an idea formed by a mind that’s not always consistent and sometimes too attached to the expectation of who you’d like to be. Your future self is an ideal version of yourself with traits from other people. Your future self is most likely a superhuman that cannot possibly exist because you’re more ordinary and fallible than you realize. If you aren't a rare talent now, you probably are highly unlikely to become that in the future. And that's okay.

It's okay if you're not always happy with yourself, but it's not okay to put all of your hopes into the future if you are deliberately half-assing the present. It's okay if you want your future self to be better than who you are now, but it's not okay to count on your future self to turn out exactly like a combination of several highly successful people.

Life is full of uncertainty, and attachment to the grand idea of your future self is causing you to avoid your life. It’s holding you too high above the ground, keeping you temporarily safe from falling down. Safe in your dreamy bubble as a character you want to be, yet frozen in mid-air. 

But to begin anything (even when you can't predict the end in sight), you’re going to have to hit the ground. Walk, run, but never stop.

What If You Don't Have A "Why?"

“Find your why.”

The word “why” has now become an increasingly popular buzzword, especially for millennials who spend more time scrolling through other people’s lives than living their own, denying that it’s no different from their parents’ “Keeping up with the Joneses” mode of living.

Nobody wants to live a life without a purpose. Nobody wants to be unmotivated or stuck in a dead-end position. Nobody wants to suffer a life of hardship or wander around without a destination to look forward to.

But the problem is, most of us are motivated by two things: survival and ego. We want to avoid danger and discomfort. And after that’s over, we set our sights on being better than our competitors and enemies so that we can prolong our existence.

However, the end goal of beating down anyone who’s vying for the same reward is a narcissistic and selfish goal. So anyone who wants to attain anything they lack must have a why that sounds pleasing and noble in order to be more likable because being more likable means that they’re better able to sneak their way to the top without anyone doubting their motives. They’re able to get support from people who find some escapist short-term reliefs in their why.

But if you’re consistently feeling stuck and unmotivated even when you have many big dreams, there’s a reason for that. You’re just not meant for an extraordinary life. You’re not meant “to change how people live,” or solve a complicated problem on the national or global level. You’re not meant to rise from obscurity and live in the spotlight. You’re not meant to have a successful six-figure side hustle by the age of 23, nor are you guaranteed overnight success after you’ve suffered from not getting what you want because going through hardships and failures still doesn’t entitle you to a good life afterward.

Maybe you’ll be like the majority of the population and will never be heard or recognized for achieving something great because you’re not as great as you think you are. Maybe you’re not destined for legendary success, no matter how much you bully yourself into toughening up, in hopes of fighting back against social, environmental, and economic constraints that keep you in place.

Not everyone is entitled to be at the top 1% of the world. So why do we try? Why do internet marketers still tell people that if you apply enough willpower and think positive enough, you can make it and become super successful and prove all your haters wrong?

It’s all a lie.

This isn’t to say that settling is good, but it’s far more harmful to expect a grand and extraordinary dream life after a following a cookie-cutter success formula because doing so won’t give you that. Perhaps your expectations and obsession with the outcome of success are what’s causing you the most pain, not the mundane moments of everyday life.

You don’t have to go viral to get back at those who thought you were weird, unsuccessful, and stupid.

You don’t have to get back at anyone at all.

You don’t have to try so hard to prove that you’re worth something in a field you don’t even want to pursue.

You don’t have to be passionate about your endeavors all the time.

You don’t have to force yourself to come up with a bombastic why and write it all over your wall.

You don’t have to share your why publicly.

You don’t have to force yourself to make your life more epic, meaningful, or noble than it actually is because chances are, you just want to enjoy yourself and be happy without worrying about how people are judging how ordinary your life story might be.

And if you don’t have a why, it’s okay to take your time to find one that’s truly yours.

Your Fears Are Better At Predicting The Future Than Your Hopes

Fear has such a negative connotation.

Self-help and productivity gurus tell you that you need to get rid of your fear and eliminate it from your thinking in order to achieve “the life of your dreams.” They claim that because of your fears, you’re not growing, you’re stifled, and you’re faced with insurmountable obstacles.  

“Overcome your fear,” they like to say.

What sounds self-empowering is actually quite harmful to your psyche because you can’t simply “overcome” all of your fears with a list of soothing words or positive affirmations that aren’t even true.

Fear will always exist within you, whether you like it or not. It’s part of being alive and living in a world full of uncertainties. With uncertainty, comes fear.

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t listen to your fears, especially your fears of the future.  

Newsflash: Your fears are good at predicting the future. Far more than you think.

If you think you’re going to be laid off and fired at some point, you’re probably right. If you think you’re going to run out of money, you’re probably right. If you think you’re unable to find a stable footing in life, you’re probably right. If you think your big dream will go up in flames, you’re probably right.

That’s because fear is realistic. It’s pragmatic. Fear of the worst likely outcome is there to protect you from inevitable disappointment. It’s there to shatter your illusions of easily attainable prosperity and delusions of grandeur. Fear is good at predicting what you will happen if you do not do anything to change yourself today or make any effort to step out of your comfort zone. You’re going to experience the worst possible outcome if you do not keep up with the shifting uncertainties of the world. That’s what fear is trying to tell you.

Fear is the most accurate in predicting the future. People who suppress their fears or worse, pretend that they don’t even exist, are most likely to be disappointed down the road. And end up failing because they haven’t mentally prepared themselves to deal with unpredictable circumstances.

When you’re afraid, it means you really care about your next steps. It means you’re interested in the outcome and you want things to go well, in spite of how much fear is making you believe that all things will end up in abysmal failure. While you are more likely to fail than succeed in this hyper-competitive world, ignoring your fears will do more harm than good.

Ignoring your fears is not the same as conquering them.

What you really need to do is acknowledge that your fears are right, but you have the power to change and adapt based on what you predict is most likely to happen. If your fear is telling you that you’re going to get laid off, you’ll feel so much discomfort that you’re compelled to change and find new opportunities elsewhere. If your fear is telling you that your passion project is going to fail, you’ll be compelled to change your direction and pursue something else that you’re more likely to succeed in.

Even when you’re afraid, it’s not good to ignore your fears. Acknowledge that they exist and do something about them. They are trying to warn you about an inevitably doomed future if you do not start acting now. If you’re experiencing constant fear in your life, it’s because there’s something in your life that you haven’t resolved yet and you’re not doing enough to improve your situation. 

Although fears can predict the future, albeit a bleak one, being fully aware of their presence is better than brushing them aside with platitudes that don’t mean anything. The best way to create a future you love in spite of your fears is to embrace the uncertainty ahead, know what you have to offer, be more observant of the world around you, and adapt accordingly.  

Your fears may be best at predicting the future, but only if you do nothing about their existence.