Tired is a feeling.
Tired is also a warning. Tired should not be neglected.
One morning on my way to school (feeling, you guessed it, tired) I wondered how my perception, interactions, and outlook would change if I wasn’t so darn tired all the time. Then, I asked myself why I was so tired and why I felt guilty on days I wasn’t tired. (I also got tired of using the word tired and tried to come up with other adjectives, but I decided that tired just fit.)
What about different types of tired? Lately, it’s been a spiritual and mental tired, but other times it’s a physical or social tired. I also realized that it takes a long time to get “un-tired.” One 10 hour night of rest doesn’t make up for dozens of 5 hour nights of rest. One rest day doesn’t make up for weeks of skipped rest days. One day free of school or work responsibilities doesn’t make up for months of overbooked days.
This week’s question: How can we combat that chronic need to feel tired, and how do you best recover from an exceptionally tired day, week, or month?
Other guiding questions:
Why does our culture worship ‘tired’?
How can we strike a balance between hyper-productivity and inactivity?