I’m sick and I’m in bed today.
Well actually not really sick, per-se as I dont have fever, but I was feeling rather uneasy begining yesterday morning as I boarded the train to head off to work. It was quite bad at work; I couldn’t really concerntrate properly on the online training lessons. My mind felt tired, weak and unmotivated. Even during lunch yesterday I had no proper appetite and I felt a little disoriented.
I did a quick search on the web and I found that most of my symptoms were indicating that I suffered from mild exhaustion. Here are some of the typical symptoms of exhaustion:
- Tired for no reason
- Having trouble getting up in the morning
- Depending on tea and coffee to keep on going
- Dragging yourself through each day
- Struggling to keep up with life’s daily demands
Basically exhaustion has 3 defining characteristics:
- Feelings of excessive fatigue, weakness, and lack of energy
- Feelings of demoralization
Yeap that’s what I am going through right now. I personally think in my case it was a combination of factors. First is definitely to do with my sleeping patterns; over the last couple of WORKING days, I’ve been getting only around 5-5.5 hours of sleep, which is clearly not enough. I am able to go through 5 hours of sleep once in a while, but not on a consistent basis. I’ve experienced extreme fatigueness/exhaustion in the past due to lack of sleep over long periods of time (more than 3 days is considered long for me :P).
Secondly is to do with adjusting to my new work place. My new work requires me to wake up at 6.15 am every morning as I need to commute to work via the train. And the whole commuting experience can be a tiring one. I remember when I went to the city with my aunt once and we took the train. I admitted to her that taking the train is quite a tiring journey. It’s not so much the time it takes to reach the city, rather it’s the fact that you need to stand for a good 40 minutes in a sardine-packed environment! It becomes so unberable till I’ve heard stories of people fainting and collapsing in the train!!
Really it’s not fun at all! You may not have to worry about parking and gas, but you’re definitely undermining your health and sometimes I question whether it’s worth it. And by the time I reach work everyday, 1/4 of my energy is already gone and I need to spend the rest of the day self-studying, and believe me, it can get quite tiring, both mentally and physically. The odd thing is I love to learn, I guess I’m one of those few that enjoys learning and studying, but it’s quite surprising to see why I can’t really properly concentrate at work…
Anyway as I mentioned I’ve called in sick today, I really think a day off from work just to recuperate will do me some good. I plan to just rest and take it easy for the rest of the day.