I want to talk about tiredness today. Specifically, how tiredness is closely tied to the mind.
According to some, some (or most or all) illnesses are caused by psychological issues. Illnesses are reflections of underlying psychological problems. I also believe that at least some illnesses are like this. However, my point today is that it is not only illnesses but also some of the physical symptoms that we experience daily such as tiredness are also sometimes due to psychological. For me, it is mostly psychological.
Tiredness can be entirely physical. You work out too much too often and you will be tired. Anyone who does that will be tired. We don’t have limitless energy.
But some people have more energy naturally than others. I am one of those. My mom and her side of the family gave me that gene that helps me keep active for the whole day and I will not mind it. However, whether I can use that energy or not depends very much on whether I am happy or content at that point. If I do something I like, that means I will be able to use my energy well in the upcoming days. If I experience something bad and I am affected by it, that energy is gone.
That pattern obviously leads me to do things that will give me joy, because that is how I can use my energy. And I want to use my energy because I have it. Not using it means not using something you possess in the good of others (and yourself), which I think is not a good thing to do. It also means the energy will stay in you and disturb you. Life needs to be about the things you like doing and I am glad to have such a force in me that pushes me towards that.
Do I always succeed in doing the things I like? Unfortunately not. Sometimes, we are forced to do things that we do not want to do. What I try to do in those cases is to add another thing that I like on top of what I have to do. That means more things to do but oh well. For example, I had a stressful September and a part of October. Normally, my energy would drain but it did not this time because I did something I enjoyed every day at least for a few hours. That few hours kept my energy going in the face of stress.
How is your tiredness pattern? Did you notice a correlation between tiredness and your psychological state? Can you keep your energy in stressful situations? If so, how? Let’s talk about tiredness.