5 Hidden Causes of Exhaustion

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Do you find yourself crashing at the end of the day or week?

Ever wonder what you could do if you had enough energy to charge ahead without being constantly concerned about running on empty?

Plan for that special vacation you’ve been dreaming about? Go for that training you always wanted? Be fully present with your spouse and your children, and have a good time?

Do you wonder why you are so exhausted at the end of a normal day?

When most people encounter exhaustion, they attribute it to overwork, a lack of sleep, or even a diagnosis like adrenal fatigue.

“I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m tired today,” They tell themselves. “I worked for too long, so I’m tired.”

Over time, exhaustion becomes a track that you stay on, with no exit in sight.

There are some obvious reasons why you get exhausted, like overexertion from exercise – you worked out for two hours today and you can’t move anymore. Or you just went through a major operation.

There are also some not-so obvious reasons why you are exhausted.

  1. A Sluggish System
    Do you sometimes feel too tired to go to the gym or a yoga class? Then, you push yourself to go and you feel much better afterwards. When you are in this mode, it is like your computer or iPhone that has become slow and sluggish for whatever reason.
  2. An Energy Vampire
    Have you ever found yourself exhausted after spending time with someone? You listened patiently and sympathetically to their struggles and now you’re tired. Their problems exhausted you and they feel much better after sharing with you. You have an energy vampire in your life. They are probably not even aware of what they are doing. They only know that they feel better after speaking with you and they really like you!
  3. Crowds
    Sometimes you go to the mall and come home exhausted. You tell yourself that shopping is exhausting. The truth is that the crowd and the mood that they’re in affect you. In a mall, someone may be angry, overwhelmed, or sad. You pick up all of that and it drags you down.Here is a different experience for you to try: go to a concert – it’s an exhilarating experience because people’s attention is on the music, leaving their troubles at home.
  4. Clutter
    The ancient art and science of Feng Shui is based on the premise that our living environment affects our energy and wellbeing. The clutter in your house, that old magazine from two months ago, that unfinished project from two years ago sitting in the closet, all impact your state of being. The clutter represents stagnant energy.One Feng Shui master advised a client with severe depression to empty his drawer of old underwear. His client was baffled but went ahead and did it anyways. The uplifting mood it put him in amazed them both.
  5. A Swiss Cheese Shield
    Imagine this scenario: you and your friend go shopping. You’re exhausted afterwards, but she’s still full of energy. The crowd affected you but not her.
    It happens when you have a shield like Swiss cheese. Our physical skin is the largest organ in the body that protects us from unwanted bacteria. We also have an energy skin, invisible to most of us, that protects us from good energy leaking out and unwanted energy coming in. If there are holes in the shield, like Swiss cheese, you get exhausted more easily.

There are ways that you can protect yourself & increase your energy.  To learn how check out my upcoming workshop From Exhausted to Energized.

Dr. Dan Zhou5 Hidden Causes of Exhaustion

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