Woke up exhasted

Woke up exhausted.

Today, I woke up exhausted!

Today as my feet hit the floor, it didn’t take long to realize that I woke up exhausted. Partially because this is how I always wake up. Even on that super rare occasion when I sleep well, I’m still plagued with this chronic and very disappointing tired.

This morning however, it feels like I am done, the tank is on empty. No wonder! With my life in such upheaval at the moment; it is imperative that I get a break. I feel mental illnesses’ intensity, worse than ever. For this reason, I NEED to find a peaceful, low stimulus environment.

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Woke up exhausted
Woke up exhausted.

You know, the damnedest thing about it all is? As of late, whether its good emotion or bad, the result is still the same. Like that of the fuel being burnt in a supercar going at top speed, I quickly expend every ounce of energy I have just trying to navigate through the day.

The good news? Is, I know for certain that I’ve exceeded what I am capable of doing. Therefore, I know for certain that I can do no more. At least until I get a break. Reboot his old bugger.

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Perhaps frustratingly so, today, we humans are not very good at understanding that we are not designed to be perpetual motion machines. Far from it In fact. We are programmed for rest, as are most animals on earth. Basically, we just can’t keep going and going and going. Yet despite the fact that, on some level, we know this, we push on and on and on.

The results? Burnout or worse. Mental neglect can make us m more susceptible to not only physical illness, but also mental illness too. The longer we go, the harder we push, the greater the odds of illness.

How to minimize burnout

Simple right? Wrong! At least for many of us. Without tending to our own needs, listening and responded appropriately to ourselves; we end up in a world of mental trouble. Take me for example, ignoring and pushing forward against my troubles, led me to where I am today; sitting in the parking lot waiting for my psychologist appointment full of PTSD. I have shut and succumb to my refusal to slow down as of late. Sometimes, like one with a physical ailment, once I start to feel better, I push too hard. Yes, with PTSD, there is a price to pay for doing too much.

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This is precisely why I woke up exhausted this morning. Despite having a great sleep, my head feels like a fifty pound kettle bell and my mind is full of mental carbon and angst.

The way I figure it, this tired and foggy disposition will be part of my reality for the foreseeable future. So, if that’s the case, I must accept it and live within its parameters. I will simply work on self-improvement on the days I am able and fight my way through the exhaustion…. You keep going too, ok?

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Are Our Priorities Making Us Sick?

Are our priorities making us sick? I have devoted a great deal of my time thinking about this question. Sadly, I am of the opinion that, yes, our busy lives are indeed making us sick. Not only is our fast-paced world physically taking a toll, but it’s also wreaking havoc on our mental well-being.

Our culture has normalized and even convinced us that being on the go from the time our feet hit the floor in the morning right up until we go to bed and stare at the ceiling, full of angst over what we need to do in the morning. Like a slow-acting poison, it works its way through our entire being. What’s the result of this poison? For many, its burnout. Burnout is simply a low dosage of this poison. So what does it do at higher dosages? In my opinion, it produces mental illness. Many more individuals succumb to this culturally cooked up toxin; Sadly, leading them to the end of their journey.

Signs of burnout t- (Psychology Today).

The fundamental flaw with this narrative, constantly keeping busy is that it tends to say that we are all alike, drones that have no free will, it implies that we are void of dreams and it doesn’t account for the fact that we are different. Just as we are held at the mercy of our occupation and running non-stop for others, we are also beholden to our genes, our neurology and how our individual experiences impact us. For example, highly sensitive people have a raw psychological nerve that is always on high alert. Someone who is highly sensitive feels the vibe of negativity much stronger than people who are not.

24 Signs of a Highly Sensitive Person (Psychology Today-Canada).

For someone with this disposition, they may find themselves more susceptible to the venom of misplaced priorities. Never looking after oneself is never a good thing. Regardless of the above-mentioned factors. If one’s priorities aren’t balanced than one runs the risk of burnout at very least, mental illness or worse at the most.

Because our nature runs counter to the modern world, the only logical conclusion I can come up with is that our wants and desires take priority over what we actually need. I believe that this one size fits all approach is a myth that we all fell for.

The good news? We all have a multitude of options to choose from. We also have a choice where we put our energy; But first, we all need to learn our limits. Because we have to navigate our way through a world that’s customized for profit, it sees us as worker bees. I argue that self-care should be mandatory for everyone.

When one stops to think about it, Monday to Friday workers only get eight days off out of thirty-one. Sure, there’s after work but so many things require our attention that we spend our lives house cleaning, running kids everywhere, cutting the grass and making our houses look pretty. But for what? So we can be poisoned by the myth of being constantly busy makes you awesome? I can’t help but wonder how many people have lost everything by simply ploughing through their mental pain and doing “what they are supposed to”.

Knowing that our professional lives take up the most of our life’s air time, making us feel as though it ruins any prospect of realizing our passions can be stressful to think about. The perception of loss of control can spin one into mental chaos, that I am sure of. However, I believe that because there is so much beyond our control, we must adopt an outside of box mindset. Where is it written that you need to be paid for doing what you love? If your passion is photography, then do it! Half hour walks with your camera is better than no time doing what you love. Housework can wait once in a while, can’t it?

Point is, do what you love, no matter what you have to do to realize it, your mental health will thank you.

if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!

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