Day 20 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is T for tired.
I’ve already talked about how your energy can be affected by your mental health in the E post of the challenge. In this post I’m going to talk about how being tired can be a constant presence in our battle for good mental health.
Tired: Not enough sleep
Just lately I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m feeling quite anxious at the moment and this has been affecting my sleeping patterns. I can feel tired all day and then when I get into bed I suddenly feel wide awake. I will lay there for a couple of hours wondering why I don’t feel sleepy and getting frustrated that I’m not asleep.
I’ve also been waking up early. The sun has been streaming through the window and the birds have been singing loudly. It’s hard to feel happy and positive about the seasons moving to spring and summer when you’re tired and grumpy. And once I’m awake, I’m awake (although I don’t get up, I’m just annoyed that I’m awake.)
I’ve always been someone that needs lots of sleep. So even though I’m not awake all night and this has only been going on for a week I really feel exhausted.
Tired: Too much sleep
Depression can make you feel tired too. It drains your energy, hampers your ability to get up in the morning and causes you to sleep a lot. But however much you sleep it never feels enough.
I’m okay, just tired
If someone asks you how you are you might say you’re okay, just tired. And that might be because you haven’t had enough sleep or might be that you’ve slept lots but still feel like you need more. It might also be that you’re tired of battling negative thoughts, tired of battling social anxiety to leave the house or tired because of the side effects of your antidepressants.
I don’t know how true this quote is! Milly is a massive boost to my mental health but she steals the covers! Here’s some other ‘Tired’ tips:
Thankyou for reading,