It’s important to be aware that tiredness or fatigue may simply be a side effect of mental and emotional struggles. When we’re thinking and feeling negative or down, it makes sense that our energy for life may also plummet.

We’re all aware that mental health is at a crisis level these days with rates of mental health issues on the rise. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental-emotional thoughts and feelings that are hard to deal with; it’s important to reach out and get support. Although it may be tempting, do not try to deal with this alone.

Lifestyle and Mental Health

Supporting a healthy lifestyle can definitely help to boost healthy thinking and feelings.

In fact, there’s a study that showed that the anti-depressant effect of exercise was equal to and even superior to that of our SSRI drug medications that are so frequently prescribed. That’s cool, yeah?

While things like lifestyle issues are definitely a major factor - social media, pandemics, loneliness, isolation, job and financial stress, and the list goes on; let’s also look at the physical neurochemistry of mental health and mood - and what more we can do about it!

Brain Chemistry and Mental Health

Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that transmit signals between nerve cells. They play a critical role in regulating mood, energy, and sleep. When the levels of these neurotransmitters are not in balance, it can cause many symptoms, including fatigue.

For example...

Low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine can lead to decreased energy, a lack of motivation, sleeping issues, etc. These neurotransmitters are also involved in regulating mood, so an imbalance can lead to depression and anxiety, which can further contribute to fatigue.

On the other hand, high levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is involved in the fight or flight response, can lead to chronic stress and anxiety, which in turn can cause fatigue.

But why?

Imbalanced neurotransmitters can be caused by a variety of factors such as chronic stress, nutritional deficiencies, lack of quality sleep, hormonal imbalances, genetic variants, and certain medications. 

So Now What?

If you suspect you may have imbalanced brain neurotransmitters, it's important to see a functional, naturopathic or mental health healthcare provider to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

Treatment for imbalanced brain neurotransmitters may include lifestyle changes such as stress management, getting enough sleep and a healthy diet, as well as supplements, psychotherapy, and possibly medication or other treatments.

By understanding the role of imbalanced brain neurotransmitters in fatigue and taking steps to balance them, you can take control of your health and get your energy and life back. Me and my team here at Zuma Wellness are here for you. Just reach out!

However, if you need urgent help… Please call a 24/7 hotline like… the the California Mental Health Hotline at 866-903-3787 for free mental health crisis support.