Why do I feel bad every day

Feeling unwell: causes, treatment, and self-help

General malaise refers to a disorder. This can have physical causes or psychological, illness or social problems can trigger this negative feeling. Often it is a warning signal. Those affected feel without drive. They have no strength and are drained. Often, other symptoms also occur: vomiting such as dizziness or a queasy feeling in the stomach. Other sufferers notice mainly psychological effects. They lack the desire to be active. Most of all, they feel weak emotionally. She is plagued by lethargy.

In addition, there are unspecific physical complaints. Lively writes on www.bym.de: “There are lots of little things, but all of them taken together get on my nerves and limit me. I can't concentrate, that's why learning is very difficult for me right now and I'm inattentive in conversations. I'm easily irritable and quickly become unfriendly, I would love to hide in bed all day anyway. "

Beginning diseases

“Unfortunately, my HA doesn't have an appointment until later in the week, but I'm feeling pretty dirty at the moment. I'm just lying around, when I get up I feel sick for a few minutes after a short time and I have the feeling that something is happening in my body. Sounds really strange, but that's exactly how I feel right now. ”Eloq on the forum med1.de.

The diffuse signs of malaise mean that those affected usually do not know whether the cause is physical or psychological. Often this disorder heralds the beginning of an illness. Viral infections, especially a cold or flu, start with this negative feeling. Low blood pressure, blood pressure fluctuations or anemia are also characterized by malaise. Negative stress also shows up early on in the form of an uncomfortable feeling.

With stress, the accompanying symptoms are sleep disorders, exhaustion and even depression.

Social triggers

Feeling unwell can also have social causes. People who fear for their jobs, students who suffer from bullying and people who isolate themselves socially or are isolated from others feel uncomfortable.

A warning sign

The following applies to all those affected: Feeling unwell is not an illness, but a warning signal. It can warn of serious physical illnesses, reveal a mental crisis or point out a social problem. In all cases it is important to solve the cause, not just to fight the negative feeling.

Psychological triggers

Everyone knows feeling unwell before exams, unpleasant conversations or generally unpleasant situations. We then feel a queasy feeling in the hollow of our stomach, a "lump in our throat", we feel weak and without energy.

As a rule, we know the reason only too well: the upcoming math exam or the appointment with the landlord. Once this situation is over, the bad feeling usually also disappears.

What can be done against a feeling of discomfort?

Above all, bed rest, combined with plenty of water, helps against the discomfort itself. These are also the methods to ward off an impending cold. If the feeling does not go away for days, please consult a doctor.

Either you have contracted an infection for which home remedies are insufficient, or you suffer from psychological problems for which these home remedies are also ineffective.


Diagnosis is not easy for the doctor. First of all, he has to find out whether physical, psychological or psychosocial triggers play a role. To do this, he has an intensive conversation with the patient.

In the case of psychological and psychosocial causes, the doctor can only find them if the person concerned works with him, i.e. if they are honest. This is often easier said than done: Mentally induced malaise often stems from the fact that we push problems out of consciousness and we are either embarrassed to reveal them or we even suppress them so successfully that we no longer recognize them ourselves.

It is easier for the doctor when physical causes come into question: He measures the blood pressure, takes a blood sample, and detects viruses or bacteria. He also asks about accompanying symptoms: Influenza infections quickly show up in exhaustion, aching limbs, scratching the throat, coughing and runny nose; Anemia is also linked to feelings of dizziness.

Consequences of negative feelings

General malaise makes everyday life difficult. Those affected have difficulty concentrating and are therefore poor in their performance at work and at school. This is just as true for brain sports as it is for physical exercise. Even more: physical sport is hardly possible.

Depending on the cause, serious damage can occur without treatment: With psychological triggers, for example, a burnout syndrome or a nervous breakdown is emerging. If the blood circulation is disturbed, a circulatory collapse may be imminent: Feeling unwell can also herald serious illnesses such as a heart attack.


Negative feelings with a psychological cause are usually associated with excessive fear. Often there are existential fears, but various phobias also show up initially as a feeling of malaise and then increase to sweating and panic attacks.

Early symptom in anxiety disorders

General malaise is also an early symptom of anxiety disorders, but it accompanies the patient throughout the illness. They generally feel uncomfortable because they feel at the mercy of something that is both general and indefinite.

You feel uncomfortable, behave restlessly. Inside they are restless, they often seem driven. In addition, there is a lack of interest, concentration disorders and joylessness. You exhaust yourself. Their environment seems unreal to them. You feel far from everything and close to fainting.

These psychological causes are usually best treated with a mixture of psychotherapy and medication.

Social pressures

The solutions here are designed for the long term. Medication and psychological care can alleviate the uncomfortable feeling, but success can only be achieved when the social situation that plays into the discomfort is over.

It's easy to say: But if someone experiences discrimination because of their appearance or sexual orientation, if a boss harasses their employees, or if a person, for whatever reason, feels uncomfortable in their job, then that cannot be done at the push of a button to change. It is always about the individual case, and a solution can only be individual.

Prevent discomfort

There are a number of ways to prevent mental discomfort. The first is: reduce negative stress. To reduce stress, you can hold in-depth conversations with friends and partners as well as superficial small talk.

As banal as it sounds: go for a walk and ride a bike. Both are proven excellent methods for effective stress reduction.

Do not overdo exercise

But do not overdo it with sporting activity: Those who do too much sport are also exposed to an increased risk of infections and also run the risk of over-acidifying the stomach. Both are expressed in discomfort, and whoever overdo it achieves exactly what he is fighting against. When doing sport, the following applies: Take sufficient breaks.

Professor Dr. Lahmann from Freiburg advises: “Get enough sleep, a healthy diet and a little exercise to compensate. A lot has already been done. "

Malaise during pregnancy

A queasy feeling in the stomach, weakness, i.e. general malaise, are part of pregnancy at times and can even indicate pregnancy. Catella writes on Babycenter.de: “I'm really looking forward to our first baby. There are only things that make it a little difficult for me to focus on my joy. Since I became pregnant, I have not felt comfortable in my body. It all started with nausea, then I got pimples everywhere, I feel bloated and have a headache and at the moment I am very vulnerable. (...) Does anyone understand that? "

Buttonbird answers: "To be constantly tired, to have digestive difficulties, to run to the toilet a hundred times, to have stretching pains and if you are unlucky to still have nausea after the first trimester ... the good thing is, none of it stays forever." The discomfort during pregnancy disappears when the child is born (Dr Utz Anhalt)

Author and source information

This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.

Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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Important NOTE:
This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.

ICD codes for this disease: R53ICD codes are internationally recognized codes for medical diagnoses. They can be found, for example, in doctor's letters or on certificates of incapacity for work.