If you’re always feeling tired, these 8 personality traits could be to blame

We all have those days when we feel utterly drained, right?

I know I do.

Despite getting a full night’s sleep, you still find it difficult to keep your eyes open past lunchtime.

Sound familiar?

You’re not alone. It’s pretty common to feel worn out and fatigued.

But have you ever thought that it might not be the lack of sleep causing this, but rather certain personality traits?

Yeah, you heard it right!

Today, we’re going to dig into eight personality traits that could be the hidden culprits behind your constant tiredness.

Some of these might take you by surprise.

1. You’re a Perfectionist

Ever heard the saying, “perfect is the enemy of good?” Well, I can certainly vouch for that.

I used to stress myself out trying to make every task, every project, and every interaction flawless. Dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s was exhausting. I found myself staying late at work or even bringing work home – all in the pursuit of perfection.

If you’re a perfectionist like I was, it can be like running on a treadmill that never stops. You’re always pushing yourself harder and harder, which leaves little time for rest or relaxation. No wonder you’re always feeling tired!

2. You’re an Overthinker

Overthinking is another energy-draining trait I’ve dealt with personally.

My mind used to race with all sorts of thoughts and worries. I’d overanalyze conversations or decisions, replaying them in my mind over and over again. Do you do that too?

The problem is, overthinking is like a car stuck in mud. The wheels are spinning but you’re not getting anywhere. It’s not productive, it doesn’t solve problems – all it does is drain your energy and leave you feeling tired.

Remember, recognizing these traits is the first step towards managing them. So if these traits sound familiar, don’t worry – we’ve got 6 more to go!

3. You’re a “Yes” Person

Are you the type who can’t say no? Whether it’s taking on extra work or helping out a friend, you always seem to be the go-to person.

Here’s a fact: Humans are social animals and our brains are wired to want to fit in. It’s part of our survival instinct. So, when someone asks for help, our instinctive response is to say yes, even when we’re already overloaded.

But always being the “yes” person can leave you feeling stretched thin and exhausted. You’re juggling so many balls in the air that it feels like you’re constantly on the edge – and that’s tiring!

So, it might be time to start practicing saying “no” more often. Remember, it’s not being selfish – it’s about preserving your energy and well-being.

4. You’re Empathetic

Empathy is a beautiful trait. It allows us to connect with others on a deep, emotional level. But for those of us who feel things deeply, it can also be incredibly draining.

When you’re empathetic, you often carry the weight of other people’s emotions. You feel their joy, their sorrow, their pain, and their love as if it were your own.

While this allows for deep and meaningful connections, it can also leave you feeling emotionally exhausted and physically tired. It’s like carrying a heavy backpack all day long – eventually, your energy just wears out.

If you find yourself always feeling tired and know that you’re a deeply empathetic person, it might be time to find ways to protect your energy while still caring for others. It’s not about shutting people out but about finding a balance that works for you.

5. You’re a Procrastinator

Ah, procrastination. This is a trait I know all too well.

You see, there was a time when I was the queen of putting things off. I’d convince myself that I’d do it tomorrow, or the next day, or maybe even the next week. But guess what? The task never got any easier, and the stress of having it loom over me was incredibly draining.

Procrastination might seem like a break in the moment, but it’s actually a significant energy thief. The anxiety and guilt associated with unfinished tasks can take a toll on your mental energy, leaving you feeling more tired than if you had just tackled the task head-on.

If you’re a serial procrastinator and constantly feeling tired, it might be time to reevaluate your habits and start chipping away at those tasks. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

6. You’re a Worrier

Worrying, like overthinking, can be a real energy-drain. It’s like having a leaking faucet in your mind, constantly dripping and keeping you awake at night.

Worriers tend to anticipate the worst-case scenario, which can lead to stress and anxiety. This not only impacts your mental health but also your physical energy levels. Stress hormones can result in poor sleep and feeling constantly tired.

If you’re a worrier, consider mindfulness techniques or professional help to manage your anxiety levels. Remember, most of the things we worry about never happen.

7. You’re Highly Competitive

A little competition can be healthy. It can drive us to perform better and achieve our goals. But when you’re highly competitive, it can also be exhausting.

You see, being highly competitive means you’re always “on.” You’re constantly comparing yourself to others, striving to be the best, and feeling like you’re falling short if you’re not at the top. This constant state of striving and comparing can leave you feeling drained.

If this sounds like you, try shifting your focus from competing with others to competing with yourself. Strive for personal growth and self-improvement instead – it’s much less tiring!

8. You’re an Overachiever

And finally, being an overachiever can lead to constant fatigue. Overachievers often set extremely high standards for themselves and work relentlessly to meet them.

The problem is, this relentless drive can lead to burnout – a state of chronic physical and mental exhaustion. And let’s not forget the lack of time for relaxation or activities that could recharge your batteries.

If you identify as an overachiever and are always feeling tired, it might be time to reassess your goals and allow yourself some downtime. After all, we’re human beings, not human doings!

So there you have it – eight personality traits that could be zapping your energy. The first step towards change is awareness. Now that you’re aware of these traits, you can take steps to manage them and hopefully, start feeling less tired.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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