I spent most of my early life seeing fatigue as a negative force. Generally, as a society, we seem to connect fatigue to weakness, to being tired and having a lack of energy – and it spans across our physical and mental states.
The body does not know fatigue. Fatigue is an emotional response to the messages that the body is sending back to the logical brain.
I had this epiphany and that was the beginning of the end of my disconnected perception of fatigue. I realized that I was tired of being tired. It was that simple. It was at this point that I realized that fatigue did not have to be the enemy. This mindset shift, realization and actualization allows me to live the life I lead and work as I do – and have for decades.
I often utter to myself that fatigue is a state of mind … a perception of the mind. I believe that society understands fatigue to be this negative force much like we have defined that “busy” has been glorified as good. This perception of fatigue not only bleeds into our physical state, but also our emotional state, mental state and spiritual state.
Neurologically when we stand, sit and move well, we will feel healthy, energized and well, and when we stand, sit, and move poorly, we will feel heavy and fatigued (the non-positive kind). This poor way of moving ultimately leads to the onset of deterioration on all levels. The long term effect of this is physical, mental and emotional depression, breakdown, and overall disconnect. The art of moving well, even when we are in a state of fatigue, is essential to our well-being.
Granted, energy is not a constant in our lives. It ebbs and flows depending on any given moment, what our days are like, the season and where we are in our life’s journey. Lifestyle habits can be somewhat to blame if we are constantly living in a state of fatigue, but I believe that chronic fatigue or “burn out” is predominantly a state of mind. The problem is that when you start to perceive “burn out” you have in effect already burned yourself out. Much like hydration, when you experience thirst, you are already dehydrated.
Most of the injuries we experience in our body, are the result of not enough rest and recovery. Injuries don’t usually happen as a pivotal moment, they are an accumulation … a loading of the body until breaks down.
When you are connected to all that you do and how you feel, you will have the ability to identify fatigue as a positive force when it presents itself.
For example, in exercise when you experience fatigue, part of the whole process of embracing it is to modify your level of exertion so as to not compromise good and healthy movement.
If fatigue is the dominating force in your life, as I hear from so many that it is, I challenge you to change your perception and take yourself to a place where you embrace what is, and use it as a source of motivation to increase your connection to the big picture. Fatigue can trigger us to realize that maybe we need more rest and recovery.
When we say, “I’m so tired”, let’s reserve that for when we want to close our eyes and go to sleep. Otherwise, we should change our language and let fatigue be the root of our own personal discovery of heightened awareness.
So the next time you sense fatigue, whether it be mental, physical, emotional or spiritual, take yourself to a place of possibility that it can affect you in a positive way. We are built in such a way that we must step outside our comfort zone to facilitate evolution and growth and because of this fatigue is thereby a necessary part of this healthy transition to a higher state of wellness.