Have you ever been so low on energy that even when you wanted to talk you couldn't? Just like your brain refused to think of thoughts and you just look at the person you are conversing with and feel like an .... well idiot!
This may include low energy due to lack of motivation in office ... or because you are way too tired ... or way too sad.... just anything. So, has it ever happened to you? If yes, then what is your experience with it and how you get over the condition? Also, any idea about its causes?
Yes, usually depression and a total lack of interest. I find a long walk with my ipod works, deff exercise and good music make me feel better. As for the causes, stress I guess !
Yes, several times when I was pregnant or had a small baby, this happened. Most of the time it happened because I was sleep deprived and stressed. My naturopathic doctor suggested less caffeine and more sleep. It worked, and the stressed out feeling went away.
The other times it has happened, the problem was a hormone imbalance of one sort or another. I remember one time in particular, when my body kept threatening to miscarry. The problem was related to blood clots caused by hormones. I felt totally 'blond', because I could hardly carry on a conversation about even the simplest things.
Yes I have. At the time I thought I was just your average mummy. Two kids, a year apart, running round, working, a house to run and so on.
Turned out I was ill. Which was great. It meant it wasn't me. T'was some other thing.
Sounds lie a couple symptoms of depression. Maybe you should go talk to a pro. Sometimes depression is brought on chemically by lack of nutrition, or even too much of a certain chemical. Have you changed you diet/eating habbits, rest/exercise habbits? These are things a pro will ask you.
Never been so low that I couldn't talk, but I have been dead tired after doing manual labor all day and not eating right.
Yeah, that's happened to me before to the point that if you talked to me I'd burst into tears or my eyes would go watery.
Even if you just said "hi". It would set me off.
I got over it by just hanging around my friends who cheered me up, took me out etc. Also, listened to a lot of motivational tapes or Joel Osteen. That lifts my spirits. Hayhouse Radio also helped. Its an inspirational Radio Station.
Being so Low is not a nice place to be but when others are going through it, you can identify with them and you know how to lift them up.
This can also be a sign of Burn Out; which is usually as a result of overwork, poor sleep, poor diet & generally running yourself down. It is really common when you work in high performance roles where you also run on a fuel mixed with adrenelin. Eg You Stop-You Drop. This has happened to me on numerous occassions because of the high workloads I tend to take on. You Must take Time Out & realise that its in your own hands to be well or unwell. Start eating properly and regularly, get your bloods checked and restored to normal, go fishing or something equally relaxing that will help you sleep a full nights sleep. Cut back on the coffees etc.
The biggest problem you have with Burn Out is that you tend to deny that this sort of thing can happen to you.
Alternatively, you may be suffering a mild symptom of depression. If you are depressed; you will be lathegic over everything you do and your body will not want to do anything but rest. But you will know yourself if your outlook is one of depresssion.
It sounds like a depressive episode. Depression can be very serious--it isn't always--but it can be. You really should talk to you doctor. I used to have crippling depression that would leave me immobile at times. After years of bouncing around I was put on antidepressants and within a week I felt like a different person--not drugged, just like myself again.
I agree with Pearldiver though too--I've worked two of those kinds of jobs and I read your hub about your job. It's good to be tough, but sometimes it's ok to admit you need to take care of yourself and get out of the line of fire. That doesn't make you a failure, it makes you smart enough to get out of a toxic situation that is harming you.
Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.
I too agree on "burn-out". I just read your hub about your job experience and how can you not be experiencing stress, isolation, and burn-out. The good thing is that you know what your feeling and now can do something to get out of the funk feeling. My mother has Alzhiemers and lives with me, my choice, but there are times between holding down the job, racing home to care for her that I am at wits with myself. I have found long walks to be best for me. I call it aroma strolling therapy by walking the trails of the park and taking in the smell of the forest. Brisk walking to the point of getting a good workout bumps up the adrenalin and endorphines to feel good again. Hang in there for the next month and leave them with the impression they just lost a hard working valuable person.
Yes I suffer from this quite frequently. Mine is tied in with Multiple Sclerosis exhaustion, however. I have to stay to myself and get a lot of rest before it lifts. Like Bad Company, I use music to chill-lax (to borrow a phrase from Bernie Mack.)
I don't usually chose to talk on the phone, as I am just too tired to hold a normal conversation. My friends all know when I'm on the mend because I pick up and shock them that they don't have to leave a message on my answer machine.
Are you feeling depressed or stressed out as others have mentioned? Are you overworked? If not you might want to get a physical and tell your doctor about your symptom. He can probably better assess if it is depression or something else.
I hope you feel better soon!
Some people wish this would happen to me, and often I wish of would happen to hubby.
Yes. It happens to me when I go all day working, not eating very much (if at all), or eating not-so-good things. Sugar is a killer. You 'may' find yourself temporarily energized eating sugary or junky items, but then you hit a complete wall energy-wise and may find yourself worse off than before (hard to think, hard to talk).
I find drinking fresh water and V-8 juice (not many fruit juices--also too much sugar) really picks the energy level up, as does getting outside in the sun for at least 15 minutes per day and walking (vitamin D). Additional exercise outside the work day also helps... Exercise, according to what I've read, and by what I can attest to personally, helps as much as anything else to relieve depression. Anxiety/stress, it goes without saying. Exercise is a kind of stress--but a good stress. Physiologically speaking, I think it revs your metabolism so that it works more efficiently--supplying more blood/oxygen to the brain and other organs--also increasing endorphin levels, which relieves depression/anxiety naturally. We were not meant to be office slugs sitting in a chair all day long!
I also recommend frequent travel vacations, , if you can. Nothing puts perspective on the same old/same old & petty office politics than experiencing another place.
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