I feel perennially tired and am worried that maybe I’m burnt out, or at least getting close to it. People say I do too much, but I cannot see how I can do less.

Although you don’t mention what you are doing too much of, I can reassure you that you’re not alone in feeling tired on what seems like a permanent basis. ‘Tired all the time’ (TATT) is a commonly recognised state of being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes in your life that can alleviate that persistent feeling of exhaustion.

Feeling tired is about the most normal of human conditions. It comes naturally after a hard day or after a bout of stress and forms part of the regular rhythm of life. But when we find ourselves permanently tired without let-up, then clearly something is out of balance and needs addressing. Generally speaking, being worn out is the result of a gradual process – your tiredness builds up over weeks, months and even years and is brought about as a result of not being able to recover and re-charge yourself properly.

But, before I continue, it’s essential to rule out any possibility of an underlying medical condition causing your tiredness. Your symptoms must be investigated by a medical professional.

[If you feel constantly tired, check your gut]

It’s worth mentioning that lethargy and feeling low are perfect bedfellows and feed off each other until changes are made and the cycle is broken.

It may seem counter-intuitive when you’re feeling tired to suggest you dig deep and get motivated to really get your body moving. Not an easy ask, but regular exercise is proven to aid mental and physical wellbeing. Even moderate regular exercise helps to release the positive power of endorphins. 

Next, take a hard look at your diet – highly processed foodstuffs, unnatural fats, fructose and sugar-laden drinks, and fast food will literally slow you down. Turn to natural ‘clean’ foods, vegetables, salads, greens, wholefoods, natural ingredients that haven’t been created in either a lab or a factory. 

Ultimately, what this boils down to is that you really must find even a small but regular slice of time just for yourself. Self-care is important whether you’re a CEO, super-mum or a regular hard-working person – you still need some down-time and you need some ‘you’ time. Force yourself to be active and actually schedule that time. Start saying ‘no’ to any excessive demands made by others and start saying YES to a more positive outlook.

Russell Hemmings is a Dubai-based lifecoach and hypnotherapist. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.