What do Anxiety, Depression, Sleeplessness, Exhaustion, Brain fog have in Common?
If you are battling any or even all of the above issues, you’re not alone. It seems that everyone I talk to these days is complaining about most of these issues. In fact, the actual statistics are alarming.
Studies report that high levels of people have been diagnosed with:
Chronic Sleep issues 18%
Depression 7% in one study, 20-30% in others
Fatigue & exhaustion – various reports put that number between 20-75% of people.
That’s last is a pretty startling number. I also found it worrisome that the statistics given vary so greatly.
Zoom Fatigue is real, and it’s not just Zoom, it’s all the virtual platforms including FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
Since the beginning of COVID-19 we’ve been coming up with creative ways to stay in touch, conduct meetings, even stream events live in unprecedented numbers. At first, it seemed like fun, but that changed pretty quickly. You may have realized pretty quickly that the online group meetings with friends and networking groups left you not uplifted, comforted, or fulfilled, but tired, grouchy, and depressed. I began to wonder why Zoom Fatigue was happening and did some research.
If you’re an HSP (highly sensitive person) or empath you are at greater risk of adrenal fatigue, insomnia and exhaustion. Although this happens to many people at different times, it seems to be a state of chronic fatigue for many HSPs and empaths.
You may be eating right, exercising, taking your vitamins and healthy supplements and doing everything you can to be healthy….and yet, you feel run down, stressed and completely exhausted. You may even wake up tired. Aren’t you supposed to feel good when you work this hard to be healthy?
Do you thrive on all the activities of the holidays? Do all those lists, shopping, plans, cooking and so on and on leave, you feeling energized or exhausted? If you answered yes, you can quit reading now.
However, if like many of us, you find the Holidays a mixed-bag and often end up feeling exhausted, drained, frustrated or sad, then keep reading.
There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all answer to how do “do” the Holidays. But this is a good time to take a careful assessment of which activities you enjoy, and which you do only because you “should”.
Just a few minutes setting priorities may make all the difference.
Take a few minutes not to set some priorities and things may go a little smoother allowing you to breeze through December with a smile on your face.