I remember returning from Africa late one Sunday night. I was physically exhausted, but emotionally energized, so I hit the floor running at full speed Monday morning. I had back-to-back meetings from early morning until late night my first day back to work. Tuesday was no different. Wednesday we had an extended family emergency that occupied most of the day. When Thursday came, I began to crash. That’s scenario has been repeated many times.
In seasons like this I’m reminded of an important leadership and life principle. When I’m physically tired I tend to:
- Doubt my abilities
- Question my purpose
- Lose patience quicker
- Ignore truth
- Give up more easily
- Lean toward the negative
- Stress faster
Sometimes the best thing to do is the hardest thing for me to do….R E S T !!!
When I find myself in times of severe fatigue, I’ve been known to go home and take a nap at lunch. Then I’ll spend a night or two doing nothing, which is difficult for me). I go to bed early. I sleep late (for me). Then I feel better , have a better outlook on life and think more productively.
Could the best thing you could do be to do nothing?
How do you react when you are physically tired?
Is rest a discipline for you?
You can also read “7 Ways I Deal with Fatigue” for more on this subject.