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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fatigue Findings

I don't know about you, but I feel more tired than usual these days. My fatigue factor is finally fairly obvious to me when I don't sleep well. When I get over-tired I find it harder to find humor in life's "stuff." According to the "Fatigue Findings" - Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Summer, 1994, these are some of the facts regarding women. (Only slight changes in terminology would need to be made for men, in order for the same ideas to apply). To quote:

Good times, bad times and the demands of times in between can lead to fatigue for women. In a study of 277 women, researchers found that fatigue -- defined as a feeling of overwhelming weariness -- was a good indicator of how a women was responding to her own needs, demands and expectations -- as well as those of others.

Fatigue is, for some women, a response to "internal environmental demands," including physical illness, menstrual cycle phase, depression, anxiety and self esteem.

"External environmental demands" ale also considered another trigger for fatigue for some women. These demands can include hours spent parenting, conflicted social relationships and certain life events.

Researchers also found that the more vitality a woman experienced in her life, the higher her self-esteem and the lower her anxiety and depression

The meanings of being tired or experiencing fatigue vary at different times and in different ways. The ways refer to being tired in mind, body, or spirit. Using synonymous definitions I'll give some examples connected to my current circumstances. I am an older woman, and for me, it signifies:

Tired in mind --

  • At times the garbage that is on every channel on the television makes me tired enough to get sleepy. I "become unable or unwilling to continue (1)." Actually I am probably more bored than anything.

  • Here's another example of it. I often tire of the worst of the pundits on television, as well as of certain hard-to-read authors.

  • I sometimes feel the same way when peeling a big bunch of potatoes, because to "tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience (1). It is interesting because I never feel the same way about taking the stems off a box of fresh strawberries.

Tired in body --

  • If I am writing a long, complicated and demanding weblog post, there are many times when it is difficult for me to finish it. My "fatigue suggest[ed that I was] causing great lassitude through excessive strain or undue effort (1)."
  • Because of my age and health circumstances being physically exhaused happens less often, such as when my shopping trip is extensive or the guest list is big and the party long. For me to "exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion (1), " and it would be rare. I have a hunch that my necessary lack of exercise leads to far more mental and spiritual exhaustion.

Tired in Spirit --

  • For me tackling an over-filled e-mail box can make me weary, "weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing (1)." It is clear that my procrastination will inevitably equal weariness.

  • Bloggers, and I am one, need to be of good spirit to maintain the disciple on regular posting. Becoming "jaded suggests the loss of freshness and eagerness (1)." Luckily, I rarely feel this way.

Webster says that the opposite of tired is indefatigable (1). I want six pounds of that, please.

Reference: (1) -Webster's Compact Dictionary of Synonyms -1987

My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about politics.

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betmo said...

i am afraid that i add to your over stuffed email :) but that is due to my fatigue of having a full google reader and not enough time to write posts :) as women and as bloggers- it's ok for us to say no. you are right- we have to take time for ourselves and spirits.

Carol Gee said...

betmo, let me tell you what the real deal is with me and e-mail. It is not at all about you sending me e-mails; it was about my procrastination. I couldn't do what I do without my "regular contributors." I have a system now for attending to both comments and e-mails that really works for me, pretty much eliminationg weary periods.
Systemitizing has always been a good tactic for me. I believe that you have systems that work for you, too.
I am always inspired to follow suit when you announce a time-out at your blog.
Thanks for stopping by, my friend.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.