Exhaustion: A modern day epidemic
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Exhaustion has become a global epidemic, however we have learned ways to prop us up in order to get through the day.
If we took away all the caffeine, sugar and other stimulants in society, how much vitality would we feel? Would we still be able to work or make it through the day?
Caffeine stimulates our nervous system and gives us an artificial energy boost. Whilst this may allow us to continue functioning, what effect does relying on a stimulant to get through the day have on our body long term?
Perhaps we ought to question why we do not naturally have the energy to get through the day in the first place...does it not make more sense to address the original lack of vitality rather than rely on an artificial source to give energy to us?
Is it possible that our exhaustion comes from giving away our energy during the day, for example when we take on other people’s emotional issues?
What if there are many ways we get drained during the day that are worth considering rather than looking for a quick fix to give us an instant hit?
Have we truly considered that we may have a choice whether to be drained by life or not?
But the question that is more personal and requires a deeper level of honesty is…
Whilst we may not want to feel exhausted are we prepared to make the necessary personal adjustments in our lives to truly support ourselves? Or do we want to maintain our lifestyle, even if it exhausts us, as long as we can get through the day using our preferred choice of stimulant/s?
Of course exhaustion can be due to a physical ailment or condition, hence the importance of always checking with your doctor about your physical health. However this article focuses on the psychology of how we live our lives including our tendency to come up with solutions to our dilemmas as a way to avoid dealing with our underlying issues. Whilst this approach may seemingly buy us time in the short term, ultimately we are robbed of the true quality of life we innately deserve.
If we are feeling exhausted, what influence does this likely have on our thoughts, moods, and behaviours?
Common reported symptoms of exhaustion include:
The above symptoms are also symptoms of depression, hence the importance of supporting our bodies when it comes to our mental health.
An example question to ask yourself is:
Do I deal with exhaustion by drinking more coffee or eating more sugar?
If the answer is yes, then perhaps it is worth addressing why this is the case. Although even if the answer is no, do you:
What if there was another way to revitalise, a far more sustainable and self-rejuvenating way?
It is clear that exhaustion has become a major global issue as reflected by the steady increase in the sale of stimulants over recent years. Perhaps we could have more community conversations about why we are so exhausted and unable to naturally cope with life, and how we can support ourselves to regain true vitality.
More will be written in an upcoming series of articles on this topic. If you would like to read more be sure to subscribe to receive email updates.