The 5 faces of fatigue.  Which one are you?

For nearly two decades, women have sat with me in clinic seeking support for a whole range of health concerns.  But, one common thread has been unexplained tiredness.  A fatigue that doesn’t go away.

Energy has a constantly changing level in everyday life.

It’s just there.

Until it’s not.

When you don’t have enough energy to get you through the day, you really begin to think about your energy and how tired you are.

Energy is different for everyone.

My natural level of energy is what I consider average, with dips, troughs and the occasional surge.  And, I’m happy there.  I know a woman whose natural energy level is constantly on high.  Her walk is fast paced, she talks quickly, is always planning, never sitting.   Being with her makes me exhausted.

Are you happy where your energy level is, or are you finding your energy needs a boost?

I’ve put together below a picture of fatigue for five different women – the 5 faces of fagigue.  You might see yourself in one, or in a combination of many.  But, what I want you to recognise is that wherever you feel you slot in, that’s not sustainable for long.  There’s a crash and burn on the horizon.

First, let’s talk about burnout

You’ve probably heard the word “burnout” when it comes to energy.  It’s when your body can’t make enough energy to get you through everyday life.  When severe, it’s difficult to get out of bed.  Sometimes it’s called adrenal fatigue.

In the past, I’ve felt like this:

Busy without stopping depletes your energy further

A lot of women do.

Burnout = a state of emotional and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged period of stress

The physical and emotional effects will always present in ways that are unique to you, but here are 5 of the most common profiles I see with women who are heading towards or who are already so low in energy they feel burnt out.

Some characteristics cross over the different faces of fatigue listed below, but all versions have an impact on physical, mental and emotion health.  All of them are real.

The 5 faces of fatigue

1.  The fatigued but driven woman

We all know a woman like this.  Highly motivated.  A woman who seems to have endless energy.  A woman who makes you exhausted just listening to her or watching her move at a seemingly fast pace through the day.

There’s a saying – if you want something done, give it to a busy woman

The Driven Woman - 5 faces of fatigue

  • constantly active and soldiers on
  • efficient while doing many things at once
  • thrives in stressful situations
  • doesn’t get hungry but grabs food along the way
  • an early riser (at the gym at 5 a.m.) and late to bed (finishing off stuff)
  • can’t get to sleep because of a racing mind and endless mind chatter
  • agitated and anxious when things don’t go to plan


2.  The fatigued and overwhelmed womanThe overwhelmed woman with fatigue

  • the frantic multi-tasker
  • the giver, often sacrificing her own needs
  • eating irregularly and looking for quick energy fixes
  • falling asleep but waking from 1-4 am to toss and turn, then dosing towards dawn
  • waking feeling groggy and tired
  • struggling with energy slumps through the day
  • feeling irritable, moody, frustrated and sometimes aggressive

3.  The fatigued and disconnected woman

The disconnected woman

  • withdrawn, a constant feeling of unease
  • has no energy or motivation, often teary
  • sleeping too much or has light, broken sleep, tossing and turning
  • struggling to concentrate and remember things
  • has digestive upsets
  • has no appetite but has unhealthy cravings
  • a low libido

4.  The fatigued and depleted woman

The Depleted Woman and fatigued

  • exhausted with no motivation
  • flat with depression and/or anxiety
  • no libido – it left the building along with motivation
  • brain fog with poor memory, concentration, loss of words
  • dealing with chronic health issues and inflammation
  • falling asleep during the daytime
  • emotionally numb

5.  The fatigued and dependent woman

The Dependent Woman - 5 faces of fatigue

  • looking for ways to cope
  • often self medicating with caffeine, alcohol, food or medications
  • has addictive tendencies – physical and emotional
  • experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
  • dealing with chronic health conditions
  • totally exhausted with very low energy

Where to next?

  1. Recognising where you are physically, emotionally and mentally is the first step.  Look at the 5 faces of fatigue you see above for guidance.
  2. Be kind to yourself.  You’re not alone or going crazy.  If you ask around, many women are exactly where you’re at.
  3. Look at the stressors in your life.  Where can you create change?  Outsource?  Incorporate relaxation on a regular basis?  Be mindful?  Put aside time for caring for yourself?
  4. Reach out for help.  It can be me or another professional, but you need guidance and support, someone to sort through your symptoms to get to the bottom of how you got there.  Let’s face it.  If you could feel better by yourself, you would have already done that.

I can help with each and every stage of energy burnout.  Here’s how:

  1. Book in for a consultation (in Clinic, Zoom or over the phone) to really drill down on what’s draining you and how to get going again – Click here
  2. Lose weight and reboot your metabolism.  A true energy booster – Click here
  3. Grab a copy of my Rebuild Your Life Journal for 5 simple daily journal prompts to ground you and get those habits and routines important for focus and energy – it’s your daily reset button – Click here
  4. Not sure what you need?  Book in for a 20 minute FREE discovery call chat with me – Click here
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With your health in mind,

Catherine x

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If you're looking for more energy, better mood, and motivation to reboot your health, I'll show you how. I love working with motivated women like you, women struggling with energy, moods, hormones, staying on track and everything that makes us women. I listen, investigate and then work with you step-by-step to get your health back on track so you can be busy, focused and full of energy. As a Naturopath, Herbalist, Certified Consistent Habits Coach and Clinical Aromatherapist I can help you to Reboot Your Health and Rebuild Your Life.

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