Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Tricia Johnson MBACP (Senior Accredited) Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer
9th July, 2008
In my last article I introduced three possible causes of excessive tiredness or general fatigue. In this article we will look at three more.
In my last article I stated that over-activity can be the cause of exhaustion. Conversely, however, fatigue can also be generated by doing too little or being under-stimulated. As can, for some personalities, getting stuck in a rut! A close look at our lifestyle as to its content could be very illuminating. Maybe we might need to consider going on an adventure, whether physically, intellectually or spiritually. It may be that we can’t change the main cause of boredom, in which case we need to look at what is going on around it to try and compensate.
It is well known that too much food or drink before going to bed can seriously affect the quality of our sleep. But over-consumption can also be about material goods. If our aim in life is to have the biggest house, the nicest car, and the latest fashions then we will have to work long and hard to earn the money required to purchase and maintain them. For some, living a simpler lifestyle not only frees up capital but also generates a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.
A person who loves being with people, who likes to go with the flow and thrives on change, variety and being spontaneous will be exhausted if they constantly force themselves to live with a tight structure, routine and timetable, in an office on their own. Knowing ourselves and how we best like to function and then tailoring our lives accordingly can be a major factor in overcoming tiredness. Undertaking some form of personality assessment, such as the Myers Briggs Personality Type indicator, can go a long way to resolving this problem. And, further more, could help us not only to understand ourselves better but also to understand others thus reducing the general stress we may experience in our day to day lives.
I am well aware that this is not an exhaustive treatment of the subject (sorry, no pun intended!), but hopefully have stimulated thought as to what can be done to give our bodies a better chance to cope with the demands that we make of them.
If you would like to know more, especially in the area of personality awareness, then please feel free to contact me, without obligation.
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