Are You Too Tired? Here's How to Know
By Genevieve Cunningham
Who among us hasn't felt the frustrating pangs of exhaustion? We all know what this feels like. We run around from meeting to event to obligation, and we rarely slow down to take a break. While this may seem like the way life is, it doesn't actually have to be so tiresome. Sometimes, we allow ourselves to get too tired, and we see negative side effects as a result. If you think you've crossed the barrier from a little tired to fatigued, take a look at these signs that it's time to slow down and get some rest.
You Wake Up Feeling Tired
We all feel tired -- especially after a long day at work or something similar. But when we first wake up in the morning, we're supposed to be awake and refreshed! If this isn't happening for you, you probably need more sleep. Go to bed earlier. And before you get in bed, turn off the lights and other technology to improve the quality of your sleep. With more rest, you should start to see a difference in your energy level in the morning. And as your morning energy improves, your day should begin to feel better from beginning to end.
You're More Irritable Than Usual
A little irritation from time to time is normal. We all get bad moods, and that's perfectly OK. But exhaustion can make a bad mood stick around for longer than necessary. It can take one tiny incident and blow it up into an all day bad attitude. If you've noticed this happening, it's entirely possible that you're not getting enough rest. Try to catch up on sleep, and you may notice your bad mood falling away for good.
You Can't Focus
A lack of sleep is really bad for your concentration. Your brain simply can't function at its best because it's not well rested. You may notice this first happening at work. You're supposed to be working, but your mind is constantly wandering. Then you may notice it at home. You can't remember what you were doing or where you were going. Getting more sleep may help quell this problem and get your focus back on track for more productivity all the way around.
Feeling tired is definitely a part of life. We're busy people with busy schedules and busy lives. But allowing ourselves to go past tired and into exhaustion is never a good idea. If these situations are problems in your life, get some rest! With adequate rest and ample self-care, you can turn your exhaustion around for more energy and a more positive perspective every day.
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