8 Ways to Feel Energized when You Are Exhausted and Depressed

Trying to feel energized when you do not have the energy to do anything can feel horrible.


Are you continually exhausted?  Tired?  Depressed?  Fatigued?


If you are or have ever felt this way, then you know how hard it can be to function.  The fast-paced speed of everyday life can be daunting if you are not able to get through the day because you can hardly keep your eyes open or get out of bed.  The good news is that you are not alone if that is any consolation.


Would you rather feel energized?


I have a good news flash.  There are ways you can feel like you have energy again.


The following are 8 ways to feel energized when you are exhausted and depressed:


*Please remember to consult a doctor because they know how to diagnose and treat your conditions.  Remember, I am not a doctor or mental health professional and these are my observations and experiences.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure.


1. Exercise


Exercise can literally change your life.  Most people think of working out to lose weight.  The positive mood-altering effects exercise has is out of this world.  I am not overdramatizing either.  It can take a few sessions of exercise to get into the swing of things and to start feeling the positive benefits, but it is all worth it.


Exercise is a natural antidepressant.  It floods your body with all those good endorphins and other good stuff.  Generally, aerobic exercise is a better mood enhancer than anaerobic exercise.  Note the word “generally”.  Sometimes lifting weights can have the same positive benefits.  It just depends on how you work out.  You should focus on getting your heart rate up.


Do you have a favorite activity to get your heart going?


That is key as well.  You need to find something you like to do to adhere to a program.  If you do not like to lift weights, then do not lift weights.  Do you like to swim, run, walk, use the elliptical or bike?  These are just a few ideas to get you started.

*Please consult a doctor before starting any workout program.


2. Take a Cat Nap


Everyone does not have the luxury to take a short cat nap during the day.  I am talking 15 minutes to half an hour.  If you can rest, a cat nap can rejuvenate you and provide the needed energy you need to get through the rest of the day.


Make sure that you do not doze too close to bed time.  This can interrupt your sleep and wake cycle.  You may not be able to get to sleep at night.


Have you ever had a restoring experience with a cat nap?


3. Get Blood Work at Your Doctor’s Office


Getting blood work done on a yearly basis is important.  You may have a lower level Vitamin B or Vitamin B count.  Your thyroid could be off.  These are a couple of situations that can contribute to daily fatigue and tiredness.  This list is not exhaustive and you should speak to your doctor.


Some bipolar medications can directly affect your thyroid.  If you take any medications that affect your thyroid or other function of the body, your doctor will require routine blood tests.


Right now, a medication I am taking is affecting my thyroid.  I am simply going to stop it and replace it with another mood stabilizer under the supervision of my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  There are so many options out there that you should not limit yourself.


4. Eat Healthy


Eating healthy is understood, but I understand how your eating habits can go astray when you get depressed, overly tired, or exhausted.


If you are trying to get back on track, focus on three meals a day.  These meals should consist of protein, carbohydrates, and a serving of vegetables a couple of the meals.  The serving size can be around the size of your clenched fist.  Focus on not eating more than this amount.


Try to stay away from sugar, fatty foods, processed foods, and fast-food.  These can all reduce your energy and dull your mood.  It is okay to have a cheat meal each week, but only if that helps you keep on track.


If you get hungry between meals, you can have a protein shake with a fist-sized amount of carbohydrates.


Try this lifestyle change and see if it helps.

*Remember, these recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure.


5. Get Outside


If you can get outside each day for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes, you will be doing your mind and body a service.  Both the sun and supplementation are sources of Vitamin D.  Low levels of Vitamin D have been shown to be a contributor to depression and hence, low energy levels.


Make sure to put on sunscreen if you are in a sunny environment.  Even if it is cloudy out, you can get low-level sun rays that can still help give you the Vitamin D you need.


Vitamin D aside, getting outside in the fresh air can do wonders for your well-being.  If you can get outside and take a short walk, all the better.  Focus on breathing in all the fresh air and breathing out all the negativity and fatigue you have bottled up inside.  You can even start an exercise walking program.


If there is no way to take a short walk, just sit outside on your porch or even a park bench.

*Please consult a doctor before starting any workout program.


6. Drink Coffee


Drinking coffee in small doses can have a positive and beneficial effect not only on your energy but your mood as well.  I am speaking around a cup of coffee.  Make sure you do not drink coffee in the afternoon.  You can read HERE to find out why.


I am not pushing everyone to drink coffee and stay away from energy drinks.  This is not an ad for energy drinks, but a slight recommendation for coffee to help you feel energized and get you going in the morning.


My reasoning is I am already taking mood-altering chemical medication that alters my mood.  Caffeine is natural and used in moderation, can be a good adjunct method of treatment to your overall maintenance plan for stability.


7. Take Your Medications Consistently


Taking your medications consistently is the foundation of your overall wellness program.  I spoke about the importance of medication management HERE.  Make sure to take your medication at the prescribed dosages and times.  Generally, the times are morning and night.


Do not make any changes without talking to your doctor first.  This is very important because we are the patient and not the doctor.  This gives you the opportunity to have a greater doctor and patient communication.


8. Keep a Consistent Sleep and Wake Schedule


Keeping a consistent sleep and wake schedule is paramount along with taking your medications consistently.  The idea is to have a strong wellness program to provide a solid base for your recovery.


Protecting your sleep is so important.  You should focus on this to help provide another important part to your wellness plan.


Having too little sleep or too much sleep can trigger a manic episode or depressive episode.


Click HERE to find out more information about of sleep.


These 8 recommendations or suggestions are intended to help you get going and help you feel energized.


What does your wellness plan look like?  I would love for you to comment below with the details.  What do you engage in to feel energized?




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32 comments on “8 Ways to Feel Energized when You Are Exhausted and Depressed

  1. Someone very close to me has bipolar disorder and could benefit from your advice if she had the will and motivation to follow through with it. I know she wants to be healthier by eating better and exercising, but she just can’t get into a consistent routine. I’m sending her a link to this article. Thank you for your courage.

    1. Alicia, thank you for passing the information on to your friend and the kind words. Getting into a consistent routine is so important when you suffer from bipolar disorder. I am guilty of having issues with consistency every once in awhile too. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  2. These are great tips for even people without bipolar disorder! I suffered from postpartum depression more than once, and everything you mentioned is paramount in maintaining a healthy state of mind. Thanks for the reminders!

    1. Elizabeth, thank you for your words! I appreciate you sharing about the postpartum depression. I have experienced depression and it can be devasting, which is an understatement. Thanks for your post! 🙂

  3. I’m not bipolar, but these suggestions are really helpful for everyone. I like the list of practical things to do when you’re feeling down. Even though they are common sense, I never think of them in the moment.

    1. Hi, Melissa! Thank you for your words! I am the same way about being in the moment. I thought listing would be beneficial! Take care and thanks for your comment! 🙂

  4. I totally agree with the Vitamin D. When I lived in northern Scotland I suffered from awful depression in the winter months due to lack of sunlight. I had to take supplements, which vastly improved my mood.

    1. Kamie, I am so glad you had a positive result from the Vitamin D! It works wonders, right? 🙂 As a side note, I have always wanted to visit Scotland. Thanks for your comment and take care! 🙂

  5. I am often tired, but I think it’s because I’m a teacher and I just get my energy zapped by constantly being “on” all day. I could probably go to sleep at 6:00 pm every night, but I have to be a mom. 😂 I do take a little rest when I first get home, and that really helps. I could also eat better. Thanks for this list to consider!

    1. Stacey, what grade do you teach? My mom is a teacher and is the same way. I’m really focusing on the eating part right now and finding some good benefit. I am often tired because of my illness. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Shelanda, I appreciate that! I hope you received my e-mail about nominating you for The Blogger Recognition Award. Did you get it? Thank you for your words! 🙂

    1. Cerin, getting started can be the hardest part, right? Once you get into the routine and lifestyle change, it is like brushing your teeth. It becomes second nature. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  6. I definitely agree with taking a car nap! I take one every day on my lunch break, and feel good afterwards to finish off my day!

  7. I totally agree about working out. I try not to work out later in the evening because it’s so hard to settle down and get to sleep because I feel so energized! I think this is a list that can be beneficial to a lot of people in general!

    1. Tifanee, I completely agree with you about the evening work out. If I have to work out in the evening, I make sure not to work out less than two hours before I go to bed. Otherwise, I can’t get to sleep! Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  8. Hi John–I enjoyed your article!! Good pts to follow for bipolar and just good health!! God Bless–Love, Dad


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