First-hand experience of anxiety and energy loss

Tiredness is natural in life, especially if you are not getting enough sleep, but it may also be caused by anxiety. The less intense your anxiety is, the less tired you should feel.

Lack of energy is a common symptom of those of us who are unlucky enough to experience panic attacks.

Anxiety is naturally tiring. Anxiety can essentially cause both low and high levels of fatigue, and leave you feeling incredibly drained. Some people simply feel tired throughout the day while others feel tired only after an attack.

Still, many feel extreme fatigue, often finding they need to nap hours upon hours extra – or feeling as though they can’t focus on life because of their tiredness.


The SoulPancake video above takes viewers through the anatomy of a panic attack, a common symptom of mental health disorders. The descriptions are spot-on, from feeling nauseous to experiencing shortness of breath.

“Most times there’s no cause at all,” the narrator explains. “I did nothing wrong and everything right. I followed protocol. I could have been happy. Anxiety just doesn’t follow the rules.”

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is a sudden unexpected episode of intense fear and anxiety that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be extremely frightening and people may think they are going to lose control or even die. These attacks are frequently characterised by shaking, confusion, dizziness, chills, nausea and difficulty breathing. They can be brief, lasting under 10 minutes, or they can persist for several hours and lead to total exhaustion.

Panic attacks can be the result of prolonged stress or a previous trauma. They can also occur spontaneously. Some people experience only one or two panic attacks in a lifetime. Others experience recurrent attacks (called panic disorder) which can be totally debilitating and involve drastic behavioural changes as sufferers desperately try to avoid situations that may precipitate more attacks.

What can a person do to stop their anxiety from causing tiredness?

As explained in issue 136 of #100WaysToEnergy about social anxiety disorder, stopping tiredness is difficult because it’s your body’s way of resting when it feels it needs to rest. The tips found in this article will be valuable if you suffer from panic attacks.