Fatigue

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated May 28, 2021

Fatigue can cause and contribute to many anxiety symptoms, including:

  • Body aches and pain
  • Difficulty thinking, confusion
  • Dizziness, light headedness, feeling woozy
  • Foggy head
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Orthostatic intolerance (going from lying or seated to standing positions makes you lightheaded, dizzy, or faint)
  • Overall weakness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Shakiness, tremors
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

To name a few.[1][2][3][4]

Ensuring you get sufficient rest can prevent fatigue and its many symptoms.

Regular deep relaxation, getting good sleep, and managing your stress can all help in preventing fatigue.

If you are having trouble relaxing or getting into a deep relaxed state, you might try a deep relaxation guided audio track to help you. Many people find them relaxing and helpful in attaining a deep relaxed state.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources

Return to our anxiety disorders signs and symptoms page.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including Fatigue.

References

1. Williamson, A, et al. "Moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally prescribed levels of alcohol intoxication." Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Oct. 2000, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1739867/

2. Dawson, Drew, et al. "Fatigue, alcohol and performance impairment." NCBI PubMed, Aug. 1997, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13990100_Fatigue_alcohol_and_performance_impairment

3. Rose, D.M., et al. “Associations of fatigue to work-related stress, mental and physical health in an employed community sample.” US National Library of Medicine, 5 May 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5420158/

4. Janisse, James, et al. “The Causal Role of Fatigue in the Stress-Perceived Health Relationship: A MetroNet Study.” The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 1 Mar. 2010, www.jabfm.org/content/23/2/212.full.