I’ve heard this phrase over and over again the past few months. I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I’m done. I’m so tired.
Also the phrase “2016 can f*ck off” … but that’s another blog for another time.
Why are we all so tired?
For me, exhaustion has come about from a year of constant change, occasional turmoil and a lot of times when life was just hard going – emotionally, mentally or physically. I’ve had on-going sickness in the form of headcolds, various injuries and a shitty sinus issue … plus the thought that my life is way too busy and I’m wondering if I can be bothered keeping up with it anymore. Is it time to declutter? Maybe.
In an effort to get more energy, I went to a hardcore naturopath. Her first words to me, after explaining what I do, was “Do you like your job?” I love my job, I told her. “Great”, she said “as I was going to suggest you quit”. No thanks, I told her, and we’ve since learned to work around it.
In four months I’ve had three blood tests and done urine samples. I’ve eaten eggs and avocados and good fat for breakfast every day. I’ve tried paleo muesli and bought $15 paleo bread and swallowed more vitamins, tonics and pills than an old person with arthritis. Do I feel better? I’m not sure. Maybe. Am I still tired? Yes.
I’ve tried going to bed early. Epic fail. You can’t make a night owl go to bed early. Even if I crawled under my doona before 10pm every night, I’d still be awake at 1am, my mind racing with thoughts, new ideas, worries or excitement. Or all of the above. I love sleep but it’s not always my friend.
I made exercise a focus for a while – walking, running, yoga and personal training. I felt that addictive adrenalin rush briefly, but then bang. Tired again.
Alcohol has been my friend and my enemy. I went without it for days on end and didn’t notice any changes – except maybe that my tolerance for drunk people waned. Massive benders on Friday night were great fun. Until Saturday morning rolled around and I was tired from having one of those horrible drunken sleeps where your body isn’t resting, it’s just that you passed out.
All of my friends are tired. My workmates are tired. The hot barista where I get my coffee is tired. Which is weird, given he has access to non stop caffeine. Imagine if we could shut down the world for eight hours and all try to get some sleep. Then we could start fresh and feel a little better about ourselves and each other. At the very least I’d look less washed out in my Instagram photos and my Mum would stop commenting on how tired I look. I know Mum, I feel it too.
Expensive naturopathic supplement anyone?