Are you almost always tired?
Do you feel drained out even after the lightest form of activity?
Is your mind never resting even when your body is?
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, it’s possible you are one of the 20 million people worldwide who experience chronic fatigue. Before you run to your doctor right away, it’s important that you step back and reflect what could be the possible reasons for this never-ending fatigue you are experiencing.
Such long-term fatigue could happen to anyone, but in homemakers (irrespective of their gender) it is more likely to be present than not. I call it the Homemaker’s fatigue and I can blame no one, but the homemakers themselves for their condition. Here’s why:
1. You are playing multiple roles
You could be a working woman trying to be good wife, good mother, good daughter-in-law and a great homemaker (all at the same time). Or you could be the ideal husband who loves household chores just as much as his wife. Or you could be the independent, single, young adult running a household all by yourself. But the truth is, it could easily get too overwhelming too soon, even before you realize it.
2. You have an ever-increasing check-list of stuff to do
Between the organizing, cleaning, cooking, laundry, the kids, and the office, there’s just too much to do—and too little time.
3. You want to do everything yourself
You love taking charge, because you know you are good at it and nobody can do it better than you can. So, you take everything in your own hands.
4. You are working round the clock to finish off things
You don’t stop unless you check off that last item on your list of things to do—even if it means skipping that lunch or that much needed nap. You even go to the extent of converting a holiday into a workday.
5. You are a perfectionist
You want everything to be completed with the nth level of detail. And you can have nothing but perfection. You are a case of highest degree of OCD and you not only know it, but you proudly endorse it too.
6. You can’t say no
You would rather just do it. You want to please everyone and hurt no one. But in the process, you end up overexerting yourself.
7. You’ve got little or no help
You’re the sole or primary homemaker with little or no help. And you’re the kind who finds it really hard to ask for some help. And as much satisfying as it may be to tick off the things on the check list all by yourself, it surely gets exhausting.
8. You are not prioritizing enough
You have so much to do and so little time. And everything is on top of the list. You may call yourself a multitasker, a planner, an organizer and what not, but when it comes to home, there’s absolutely nothing you want to let go of.
9. You are not getting enough sleep
You go on compromising on your sleep for days or weeks at a stretch and it soon becomes a habit. For whatever few hours you do go to bed, you could possibly be dreaming of the first thing you’d do once you wake up.
10. Your mind is constantly working, even if your body isn’t
There’s just so much to do, it always leaves you thinking about something or the other. Your mind just cannot not think. And no matter how much you unwind or rest or sleep, you never come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Your fatigue may be the result of one or more of the above factors but it is totally in your control to overcome it. Learn how to lead an active, energetic, and healthier life by Fighting the Homemaker’s Fatigue in my next post. So, what are you waiting for? Take charge and charge up.