10 Fatigue or Exhaustion
Anxiety is naturally tiring, it can essentially cause both low and high levels of fatigue and can leave you feeling both physically and mentally drained.
Some people simply feel tired throughout the whole day, while others feel tired only after a panic or anxiety attack. Others might feel extreme fatigue, finding that they need to nap, just to make it through the day.
Fatigue can be caused by a number of contributing factors, such as:
- Not getting enough sleep
- A poor choice of diet
- The crash after a panic attack
Anxiety and fatigue can result in a viscous cycle. Anxiety can cause fatigue because the physical and emotional symptoms are draining. Your body uses up it's energy when it's on high alert and ready to deal with stress. Anxiety will also make you feel mentally fatigue, because it's exhausting focusing on fear and worry.
This mindset can also then prevent you from falling asleep, and insomnia is a common side effect of anxiety. The sleepless nights caused by insomnia will make you feel even more tired.
Fatigue makes it harder to cope with stressful situations, so the problem builds until you can't resolve difficult situations effectively.
Exhaustion and fatigue was voted the most common physical symptom of anxiety in our poll. But that doesn't indicate that it is the most debilitating or the worst felt symptom.
If you are experiencing symptoms that aren't on this list, it isn't an indication of the importance. If you are concerned about any symptoms, please visit your doctor and discuss your concerns.