While masks are increasing our safety, they are also giving rise to ‘mask anxiety’, ‘maskne’, a persistent feeling of being out of breath, fogged-up glasses and fatigue.
Tired is relieved with rest. Fatigue hangs on whether or not we take time off, sleep more or improve attention to nutrition and exercise.
Panic and fear have a profound effect on the body. It sets off alarms intended for heightened awareness that can ultimately protect us.
Santa’s reindeer seem to enjoy running madly around the world at Christmas time. A quick survey of colleagues, friend and families suggest that humans find it a little less amusing.
Whether your experience wanting a sick day is from being a child yourself or from parenting your own children, the story doesn’t change. “I have a sore tummy/I’m going to throw up/I don’t feel well/I’m REALLY sick/I can’t go to school.” Before the school bus has pulled away, all of the child’s symptoms are gone. Time to play! How did children learn so early that this charade of being ‘sick’ is the only way to take a day or a few away from the demands of daily life?