Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's Okay to Feel Tired

"Tired" may seem like a nasty 5-letter word in today's world. We come to expect the body to keep up with full work schedules, harrying commutes, family responsibilities, social responsibilities, finances, progression and improvement, and all the worries and anxieties that come along with being a well-rounded human being. Sometimes, the body just has to put its foot on the brakes by making you feel tired. Is this tired feeling evil for making you press pause? Should you just override it and keep going anyway?

If you seek energy in 5-hour, 8-hour, or 12-hour energy bottles, caffeine, or sugar, these temporary bursts of energy aren't real. These quick-fix substances put you on overdrive so you can get through more hours with a level of energy that your body can't keep up with. The backdrop still remains the same---in other words, you're still tired at the end of the day.

It's okay and natural to feel tired sometimes. Blaming yourself for feeling tired or expecting yourself to pick up the energy overnight only rubs salt into the wound. What the body is trying to say during periodic dips in energy is that you need more rest, physically and mental-emotionally---end of the story. It's not trying to tell you that you're not good enough and you need to do better. It's not expecting you to be super human and to find a magical supply of energy somewhere.

When you're feeling tired, don't ask yourself how you can keep up with the Jones's by pushing the body harder. Try and see that your health is talking to you, and it's asking for a break of some sort. Will you give yourself that break, so your energy can start to rise again naturally?