One of the hardest parts of living with anxiety is the lack of energy that comes with it. In fact, a distinct lack of energy is often the first clue that something is really not ‘OK’.

Anxiety affects your brain, your neurotransmitters, your hormones, your muscles, as well as your nutrition. It’s not unlikely that after a severe bout of anxiety, your mind wants to rest to recoup some of those changes.

Social anxiety sends your brain chemistry into a spin – which means your brain can’t do as much work on the rest of your body – which makes you tired.
Fatigue is a symptom of anxiety that can keep you from fulfilling the expectations you have of yourself, as well as the expectations that the modern world has of you. Personal, social and career-based problems are all common results of anxiety fatigue.

What exactly is Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)?

SAD is a type of social phobia, characterized by a fear of being negatively judged by others or experiencing public embarrassment due to impulsive actions. Fear of intimacy or humiliation can make SAD sufferers avoid public situations and human contact, rendering normal life impossible.
Fatigue from anxiety is often difficult to understand. Generally, it happens after a prolonged bought of anxiety, such as an anxiety attack or a situation that causes significant stress. It’s a common symptom of almost every type of anxiety, even though in some ways anxiety keeps you awake.
Brain scans have shown that people with anxiety disorders have a smaller amygdala than people who don’t. While the amygdala’s conclusive attribution to anxiety isn’t conclusively known, the theory is that the Amygdala has trouble communicating with the frontal lobes of the brain.

Tips to ease Social Anxiety Disorder Fatigue

By making these small changes to desensitize yourself in the social spectrum, you or a loved one suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder can help to ease the fatigue that it causes.

Be Open with Others

Telling your friends, family and peers that you have been going through a rough time lately, or that you aren’t feeling like yourself, can help them to understand that your behavior is not intended to distance you from them.

Increase Your Involvement

A big part of staying connected to the modern world is finding ways to stay up to date. While many people with SAD are unwilling to follow social media because of the potential for upsetting stories, it may benefit you to at least read online news or scan social networking sites occasionally to find out what others are talking about. The aim is to help you to stay better connected with people around you, who can provide you with much-needed support when you need it.

Stay Active

It may be hard to do but staying active despite fatigue is critical to managing any form of anxiety. You should consider exercising more; exercise both reduces anxiety and gives the mind more energy. Train your mind to overcome it by making sure that you don’t simply go to sleep or withdraw from others – time out creating new memories can be extremely advantageous.

Be Understanding of Others

If and when others become frustrated with your inability to function normally, keep in mind that you are not functioning normally and need to explain your behavior when others don’t understand it. Being patient and as clear as possible are crucial to maintaining healthy relationships during this time.

When you are careful with yourself and with those around you, you can decrease the amount of additional anxiety your anxiety fatigue may be causing you. In turn, this can help you decrease your fatigue and make you feel more like yourself again. Keeping yourself in a positive frame of mind, maintaining your relationships with friends and family, and doing well at work are all crucial steps towards decreasing your overall anxiety levels and leading the calm and balanced life you want to live.