Over the last few weeks I have witnessed a spike on tweets about people being so tired. I have also picked up on similar conversations on my evening walks. Which of course begged the question, “Why are so many people tired?”
The immediate answer because we are surviving the pandemic and its ripple effects. However, on further research, I discovered that survival runs deeper. It’s made worse by the high levels of uncertainty that covid has rained on us. You may also feel very tired. It could feel like you never have enough time to sleep or rest.
Fatigue is caused by so many things. They include the day to day stress, pressure at work or home and the addiction to grind culture. Survival mode is not easy to notice at first till you realize that your self worth is tied to your job. Capitalism gradually paves way for you to constantly feel inadequate and a need to prove our worth. That constant oscillation leaves you mentally exhausted.
In other instances you may commit to so much physical work. For instance picking up extra shifts at work as an escape from stress caused by family or being at home in general. It causes physical fatigue. That puts you in danger of being in accidents on the road and while operating heavy machinery. When you are both mentally and physically fatigued you may also struggle with apathy, feeling sleepy at all times, slow reflexes and reaction time.
Your body has the ability to manage ‘normal fatigue’ through a couple of hours of reduced activity and sleeping. Normal meaning in relation to non strenuous routine. However, in extreme cases, it leads to burnout which may prompt a shift in your lifestyle choices and overall wellness practices. There are different kinds of rest that help us lead healthy lives.
We go through life thinking we’ve rested because we have gotten enough sleep — but in reality we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need. The result is a culture of high-achieving, high-producing, chronically tired and chronically burned-out individuals. We’re suffering from a rest deficit because we don’t understand the true power of rest.
The above is from a blog titled The 7 types of rest . Please let us know if you are getting rest or just sleeping.