There are many reasons why people get tired at the end of their workday. Sometimes there are clinical reasons, related to physical or mental health. Sometimes the work simply requires a lot physical or mental effort. And sometimes, there is absolutely nothing obvious you can pinpoint that causes you to feel absolutely exhausted and burnt out at the end of the day.
If you can identify with this, keep on reading.
There is nothing unusual about feeling tired at the end of the workday. In fact, for many of us it’s quite common, we almost expect it. Our parents and grandparents complained about it when we were growing up. So we think it’s normal and that’s what working will do to you.
But did you know there were two different types of tired? There is happy-tired and there is absolutely exhausted, mentally and emotionally drained, don’t have any energy or motivation to do anything, including things I used to enjoy, kind of tired.
When you are happy-tired, you feel great and accomplished. You praise yourself for work well done and your effort well spent. You may have completed all the tasks you were set out to do. Or, you may have overcome a particularly difficult challenge you were struggling with for a while. And that usually feels good. Now, all you need is a well-deserved break so you can feel energized and replenished again.
When “tired” is not a good sign…
Sometimes we just feel tired and there is no good feeling to go along with it. In fact, we may go through our day wondering what we did to cause such exhaustion. And we can’t think of anything. We didn’t work very hard or accomplish much. Yet, we are feeling so energy depleted, we aren’t even looking forward to spending time with our loved ones.
This kind of tired has nothing to do with physical labor or mental effort. This is emotional exhaustion. And when it happens, it’s an early sign that we are unhappy and not doing anything about it. Resentment and grief take a lot of energy, and it’s not a productive energy. On the contrary, this energy actually takes away from our creativity and productivity. It takes away from the energy that could be used towards something we love.
What can I do if I feel exhausted for “no reason”?
When you start feeling exhausted for no apparent reason, the first step is to think about what might be causing it. Ask yourself if you’re unhappy at work and if so, why you’re unhappy. There could be a medical reason, but often enough medical issues happen because we are unhappy and ignore it.
Here are some of the examples of what can make you extra tired and exhausted at work even if you didn’t put in any extra effort. Most often it is constantly feeling frustrated with other people at work. You may feel unappreciated or undervalued because you are not getting paid enough. Or your source of frustration may be boredom and not really living up to your full potential.
Whatever it is, it is essential that you stop ignoring your needs and take action. Sometimes all it takes is one or two uncomfortable conversations. If that doesn’t work, perhaps it’s time to start looking for another job or a different career.
Katherine Bouglai is a career transition coach, a resume writer and the founder of Blossom Career. She works with professionals in technology who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for successful career transition. Her specialties include career change, resume development, job search strategies, job interview preparations, offer negotiations and other related skills.