12 Reasons Why You're Likely Exhausted Right Now

12 Reasons Why You're Likely Exhausted Right Now

Common reasons why you're so tired and ways to fix them.
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1. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

This one is pretty straight forward. Go to sleep. I can’t really talk much here because I’m about as nocturnal as an owl. I really think I was born for a different time zone. So I’ll leave it at that: Go to sleep.

If you really do struggle with sleeping, get yourself some melatonin from a CVS, Rite Aide, or a grocery store, put your phone face down, turn on the history channel and close your eyes. Works like a charm.

2. You’re Thinking Too Far Ahead

STOP. STOP RIGHT NOW. Summer is the time to live in the moment and enjoy yourself! If you keep thinking about all the responsibilities that are about to come barreling your way in a month, you’ll end up exhausted. Believe me when I say mind over matter absolutely applies here. My advice here is to take a deep breath and try your best to live in the moment. Live day by day in the summer. Worry about thinking ahead later.

3. Parents

This one speaks for itself. They love you and they mean so well. They truly do want what’s best for you! But they can also drive you insane. Parents can add unnecessary stress to your life and that stress manifests by taking away your energy. The solution to this? Go to college. As fast as you can.

4. Annoying People (Are Everywhere)

If you’re like me and you hate people, this is a likely candidate. When people you are close to are troubled or troubling you, it can take quite the toll on you. Demanding a lot of your time and energy without even realizing it. Live by the quote “drama drains” and try and avoid it as best you can. My only advice to fix this kind of exhaustion is to get away from whatever scenario you’ve found yourself in the middle of.

5. Running Away From Your Responsibilities

This one is definitely the most exhausting one on the list. I must be on like mile 47 by now. I’m not even sure how my legs are still going. There is no solution to this exhaustion other than to face your responsibilities so basically, there is no solution to this exhaustion. I’m so sorry.

6. You’re Doing Too Much

Basically, you need to chill out.

“Too much” is a relative term. Just because it seems like everyone else is doing more than you, does not mean you need to do more. In truth you’re probably doing plenty. Try making a list of everything you’re tackling currently. Are you part of a team? Summer sports are more than huge commitments. Are you working? Jobs drain you endlessly and likely stress you out over managing your income. Are you taking classes? That one speaks for itself. Sometimes you may be taking on more than you can handle without realization. Of course you’re exhausted. Make that list of everything you’re doing and find one or two things you can cut off your list. I assure you, you’ll feel much better.

7. You’re Not Doing Enough

This would seem like something that would relax you more than exhaust you. Believe it or not, if you are used to being challenged, if you are used to a certain rigorous workload, doing nothing can be mentally exhausting. Your brain is bored! In simple terms, it’s tired of not being used. While that seems silly, it happens more often than you’d think. Try planning something into your week. Something small! Hiking with friends twice a week maybe. Pick up an art or a sport. Something to keep you a little more preoccupied without demanding too much of your time. Perhaps all you need is something to do.

8. Too Much Sun

It’s summer and everyone wants to enjoy the sun. Well, sun is exhausting if you aren’t hydrating correctly. And apparently, hydration with anything other than water is not considered hydration. Who knew am I right? You have to take care of yourself especially if you’re from an area where you’re constantly in sunlight.

9. Making Heavy Decisions

This one is the nemesis of many females. Truthfully, this comes hand in hand with running away from your responsibilities. (Pro Tip: If you run away fast enough, you’ll never have to make heavy decisions). Heavy decisions can definitely exhaust you as you debate with which direction you’ll go in, weighing the benefits and consequences on both ends. Usually if you come to find yourself making heavy decisions, it’s because they’re necessary. So unfortunately, there is no solution to the exhaustion surrounding making heavy decisions other than to follow the careful instructions I have provided in number five above.

10. Relationships

Relationships can be absolutely amazing and spirit lifting things! I wouldn’t really know, I hate them. They can very easily be exhausting. Caring for someone is a lot of work and sacrifice. If you are finding that your relationship is exhausting you day after day then maybe this is something to be discussed with your partner. The occasional tiredness isn’t anything to get worried about! It just means you’re putting in effort. Go you.

11. Naps

It’s rather unfortunate, but naps can make you more tired than you were before. If you need a nap you’re likely having issues with number one in this article. Time your naps and set alarms so you don’t sleep too much. Sleeping too much at odd times can not only exhaust you further but throw off your sleeping for that night. Essentially, it becomes a vicious cycle.

12. Eating too Much

Eating too much will make you tired that is a fact. However, I will be frank, food is my best friend and I will eat as much as I want to thank you. That is all.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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