Christmas; a time for re-evaluation, and de-stressing?
Christmas and New Year is often a time when we take a good look at what happened the previous year. Also, it’s a time when we rest, and spend time with our family. But for some this is not so.
As we fast approach the Christmas season, we thought it may be good to look at tiredness, and how there are two distinctive types.
The two types of tiredness are not too dissimilar to different types of clouds, the large clouds you see on a sunny day, or spring clouds bringing rain. The other is the type of cloud that predicts a storm front or sometimes bad weather, high winds, and all too frequent hurricane force winds.
The first type of tiredness is normal, it’s temporary and it comes after you finished a good job. Furthermore, after a time of rest, you bounce back ready to go again.
The other type of tiredness is a type of chronic fatigue, this builds up over many months, of stress and strain. Unfortunately, this type of fatigue doesn’t manifest itself as exhaustion. In fact, it is often masked by frantic activity, alongside impulsive behavior. Here are some of the signs to look out for.
Six warning signs that you’re stressed, and need to rest.
- If You or someone you know is finding it difficult to relax over a meal or coffee. They may be a sense that the person has to get on with something, but seems to lack direction or planning.
- If You or someone you know is finding themselves checking and rechecking emails, constantly looking, at their mobile phone tablet or laptop.
- If Your office desk, or workplace is piled high with literature, that you are about to read, designed to keep, you or someone you know one step ahead of their competitors, but it never seems to get read.
- If You or someone you know is not having time off, as it seems impossible to have a break or they may be constantly keep putting off having days off work.
- If You or someone you know may be having trouble sleeping.
- If You or someone you know, has spent any time “escaping” this may be drinking, eating too much mind sitting watching television.
If any of this sounds familiar? Then maybe it’s time you took some time off and re-evaluated.
Stresses is like boiling a frog
The truth is that stress is rather like boiling a frog, if a frog is put in a boiling pan water, it will jump straight out. The frog knows it’s hot and has enough sense to jump out of the boiling water. But if you put a frog lukewarm or tepid water, put it on the stove and slowly turn the gas up the frog and stay there till its boiled alive.
Stress can be quite like this, sometimes we don’t know we’ve been stressed or tired until we have a break. Sometimes we can be poisoned by the belief that we are doing good things by working hard, but actually there is a point of diminishing odds.