Rest is Vital as well as Re-vitalizing
If you are carrying too many bags at once, you may wisely put a couple down before you drop some. Consciousness does the same when there is too much strain of an overload of thoughts going on. Only one or two thoughts will be held, and the rest are dropped off. The reality of this is felt when you cannot remember where you just put your car keys when you realized you needed to bring your check book to pay an overdue bill, but you cannot remember where the bill is, and you get interrupted by a phone call from an annoying neighbor who now is complaining about your dog. The greater the strain, the less consciousness can keep all organized in short term memory. The longer such stress goes on, the less short term memory functions, anxiety fills the “space,” and depression can begin taking hold.
When over-fatigued, you and your consciousness, the inner voices you hear will often be the volatile ones — irritation, annoyance, impatience, … you become irritable with yourself as well as with others. People negatively reacting to your irritability and losing your self-esteem to the self-negativity increases the chronic stress, and the negative effects this has on you. Areas of tension, physical/mental, increase. Avoidance, denial, and using various forms of escape and self-gratifications occur to the detriment of yourself. Most of all, all this can deprive you of motivation and opportunity to focus on your greater Self, and the release and perspective this can give to counter-act the daily strains.
Giving yourself rest, creativity, exercise, and even service to that you love, offsets the spiral into chronic depression and anxiety. Overcoming the block from anxiety, depression, and the feeling of hopeless to make the effort is one key. Another is to recognize the difference between “escaping” and resting. Sleeping/not wanting to get out of bed can become an escape. Lying down hours watching TV can be just an escape. When has someone ever said to you:
“Rest is very valuable and therapeutic. Here is how to make best use of the time you have to rest”?
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