If you’re reading this, you’re a hero for making it through a year of pandemic. We have survived, but may be a little worse for wear. Not only our minds, but our bodies have taken a hit over the past 12 months. Not enough exercise, poor work ergonomics at the kitchen table and unrelenting demands on our time and energy have left us more than a little depleted. This is not a message to do more or try harder. It is an acknowledgement that you are nothing short of a hero for still trying. Congratulations!
The stories we tell ourselves….. In the race to get everything done we hurriedly send out one last email for the day, drop into the grocery store for a few items and, at the end of the day, too tired to do anything else, we gorge ourselves on whatever is the latest show we are immersed in. The persistent sense of ‘having no time’ is a story we tell ourselves. This sense of urgency is pretend. It makes our days seem worthwhile but it leaves little time for the things that can truly sustain us. So, if you’re feeling \you don’t have time for a walk, a few stretches, outings with friends, whatever it is that feeds you and doesn’t drain you, then you are really just telling yourself a tall tale. Food for thought.
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.