Feeling tired, zapped of energy? You're not the Lone
Doctors see it all the time: "Women with four kids, a
full-time job, and they get up at 5 to get everybody ready for the day. Their
lives are very hectic, they only get four hours of sleep. They expect their
bodies to do more than is realistic for one person," says Sharon Horesh,
MD, primary care specialist with the Emory Clinic in Atlanta.
By Hallie Levine Sklar
Maybe The Reason You’re Not Reaching Your Goals Is…You. How To Know, And
Simple Ways To Stop Sabotaging Yourself
Last week, I hit the supermarket and loaded up on all my favorite junk
foods: Krispy Kreme donuts, frozen pizza, and Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey
ice cream. It's not for me—it's for my husband, I rationalized, as I pushed the
cart up and down the aisles. Never mind that my husband was going on a business
trip the next day, or that I work from...
Fatigue has many origins. For women, anemia brought on by
heavy menstrual cycles may cause fatigue. An underactive thyroid also causes
fatigue. A cold, sinus infection, or virus can drag you out -- even for three
or four weeks.
But all too often, you're not taking care of yourself. It's as
simple, and as difficult, as that.
"The first thing I ask is, 'What time do you go to bed?
When do you wake up? What's your day like?'" Horesh tells WebMD. As trite
as it may sound, you need to sleep more, eat healthy, take care of yourself --
"commonsense things," she says. "It's not a medical problem, it's a
Look at Your Options
First step, take stock of your life. If you can't juggle it
all, get some perspective. "Decide whether you're putting yourself under
unnecessary stress," says Inyanga Mack, MD, professor of primary and
community medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Phiadelphia.
"Some people can successfully carve out a year or two to
achieve a goal. But others push themselves to meet unrealistic demands that are
not really necessary," Mack tells WebMD.
Assess your priorities, rank their importance, then make some
decisions. "Maybe a therapist can help," she says. "Maybe you need
to look for help with childcare or financial problems. Maybe you need to make
better spending decisions so you're not stressed financially. Some people buy a
truck first, then figure out how pay for it."
You do have options, Mack says. "If you're a young
woman with young children, trying to finish school, trying to work, you don't
have somebody to take care of the kids, can't afford to stop working, and are
working a low-pay job -- you're not actually trying to do something
extravagant. They are wonderful goals, but you may need more time to do it. You
may need to take fewer classes during the semester."