By Caz in The Mighty.
What exhaustion and fatigue are not:
1. Laziness. It’s not simply not “wanting” to do something or not being bothered.
2. A temporary state you can simply overcome with a little positive thinking or an energy drink.
3. Cured by sleep. Being “sleep tired” and being exhausted are not mutually exclusive but they’re not the same thing. Getting some Zzzs does not equal a body that’s got energy.
4. An excuse. It’s a reason, not an excuse, for why we don’t do certain things, why we may bail on a social occasion, why we don’t have “plans” for the weekend or evening.
You can be so incredibly exhausted, yet feel restless. It can be incredibly frustrating to feel shattered or feel like your brain is cotton candy when you want to do something useful/fun/productive but simply don’t seem to be able to manage it. You can spend a whole day not exactly feeling bored, but finding small things to do or just being totally zoned out, then be unable to tell people what it is you’ve been up to all day. Your day has been spent doing something, but you can’t put your finger on what. The question of “What have you been up to?” starts to feel almost accusatory and impossible to answer.
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