Honoring Tiredness (A February Feelings Post)
Three days remain in February. Three opportunities to write about randomly chosen feelings. I’ve enjoyed this project and will consider that while making March writing goals. 🙂
Today I drew the Tired GROK Card.
The dictionary defines tired as drained of strength and energy : fatigued often to the point of exhaustion. Tired shows up in my body as a cloak of weight, or a dragging down. I rarely feel physically tired, due to PTSD’s anxiety symptoms, but my mind is often weary.
Nonviolent Communication teaches that feelings are indicative of needs. Remembering that can help us honor our tiredness and exhaustion. We may need rest. We may need food and water. We may need rest and sleep. We may need safety or shelter. We may need ease, space, contribution, nurturing, or a number of other things.
If you’d like, join me in this exercise- let’s think about a time we recently felt tired, then scan this needs inventory for insight.
I realized during my scan that I’ve experienced a type of tiredness lately where I don’t need rest, rather, inspiration, stimulation, and play. Feel free to share in the comments what you discovered!
Connecting feelings to needs allows us to honor our tiredness. We’re empowered to care for ourselves.
Wishing you a lovely, needs-met weekend. 🙂