Sunday, May 25, 2008

It's Enough to Wear a Girl Out

I'm tired all the time. I don't succumb to it, or anything. It's not as though I spend days in bed -although I wish I could! But it's definitely keeping me from doing all the things I want to do and from some of the things I need to do.

In social work, we do a quick run-through when people report excessive fatigue.
Are you exercising enough? Of course not. Next question.
Are you overweight? See above.
Are you worried and stressed? Read the blog!
Are you depressed? Probably a little.
Have you had an emotional shock? Ummm.... yeah.
Do you expect too much of yourself? Well, if I did wouldn't I be accomplishing more?
Do you work at nights? Yup
Is there stress at work? Yup
Do you drink more than 6 cups of coffee a day? Yup

And I've had this same cold really since February.

Ok,so I have an excuse or two. But that doesn't change the truth that there's a lot to be done. Excuses don't matter. Nonetheless, I'm kind of (excuse the sad word play) tired of plodding through my days in a combination of dreading the legal/relationship discoveries and just plain exhaustion. And, I'm adding the fun of a summer class to the mix. Is someone going to find me in a dark closet sucking my thumb? Or is the activity going to be an antidote to the exhaustion?

Remedies I've considered:
a short retreat at the Cenacle
a day trip to the Indiana Dunes
a mental health day sometime very soon
today I skipped rock climbing in favor of puttering around the house (reducing further still the amount of exercise I get, so maybe that wasn't wise)

What do you do? I need some help here!

3 comments:

Michael said...

Mental health days as needed. I try to take at least one day each weekend and make it mine--where I do stuff around the house, or veg in front of the telly, or read for fun, or go geocaching or something. I'm going to be scheduling more retreat time, since that's been missing in my life and I had such good results from my four days away at the start of this month. Spend time with friends. Be OK with saying "No" when people ask you to do things. Take at least 15 minutes a day and let nobody, but nobody interfere with it.

Renee said...

I say take the retreat, or at least take *a* retreat--one which might involve hiking or biking or yoga or something physical that will get you in your body and make you feel good. And make it a full weekend. Staying at home just means you putter, which is good in its own way but not really about relaxing or rejuvenating.

Lisa :-] said...

If you get any great answers, let me know...