7 Reactions to Fatigue (What Happens When I’m Tired)

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.

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18 thoughts on “7 Reactions to Fatigue (What Happens When I’m Tired)

  1. Great post, but here’s the serious side of this. When we don’t rest as we should not only are we drained physically but spiritually. That’s when I find myself batteling temptations more. Remember David fell into sin w/ Bathsheba at a time when Kings were supposed to be at war, yet he was at home & had just got up from taking a nap. Rest is vital for our ability to stay strong spiritually!

  2. WOW how I needed to read this expecially today. I am sitting here feeling like I so need to go, go and do more going. I am so tired. After reading this, you are so right. Somethings we just need to rest. After reading this I am going to go to bed early and get up ready for the week ahead. I am reminded of a very Godly lady in my life that has told me that sometimes the most Godly thing we can do is to get some rest. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you Ron,
    I have used Bobb Biehl's quote on fatigue. He has said, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." When I realize I'm in that situation, it almost always points back to fatigue.
    Great posts re: Sierra Leone as well.

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Ron. I totally relate. It seems that even when my body physically stops that resting does not come easy for me.
    I’ve been asking God to teach me how to truly REST. I know it is a necessary component of the Christian life & something I need to learn the art of.
    Continued prayers for your nephew.

  5. Amen!! It’s so difficult, especially in our society where we wear busy-ness as a badge of honor, to rest without feeling guilty. And Sundays are so taxing for some believers, especially those who are most willing to serve others, that they no longer feel like a day of rest at all. Right now, our Saturdays are relatively free, and I’m lovin’ it. Thanks for the post.

  6. Amen and amen! My father couldn’t rest; he had to be “working,” even when his health (e.g., shortly after surgery) didn’t allow it. He died of colon cancer that could’ve ben treated had he RESTED!

    Inactivity isn’t necessarily laziness. Sometimes it’s waitong for further instructions. Sometimes it’s waiting for someone or something to “catch up.” Sometimes it’s to rest & recuperate.

    I wonder if society’s addiction to coffee & adrenaline changes anything? (My opinion: YES!!!!)
    Twitter: joe_sewell

  7. Dear Ron, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue. You gave me a great idea for my sunday message this weekend. God bless!

  8. Jesus told the disciples to come apart and rest. Tiredness drains our energy, both physically, and emotionally. You have hit the ball out of the park with this one. Thanks for sharing!