‘Tiredness can kill Take a break’
That’s a road sign I’ve seen while driving on the motorway in England. I don’t think any government official ever intended to be quite as mental health aware as this road sign could be.
But when you are struggling mentally tiredness is a killer. Not literally (I suppose it could be literally but I mean metaphorically). If you think of your brain as a competitor in a marathon, and your goal is to run that marathon (otherwise known as making it through another day without quietly sobbing in the corner) you don’t start the race on empty, you get a good nights sleep.
But I willfully disrupt any semblance of a sleeping pattern I may have on a whim. I have not had enough sleep and here I sit hiding in a warehouse, pretending I’m working. I really, really don’t want to be here right now. I want to be hiding under my blanket, where it’s warm and cosy and I’m allowed to close my eyes for longer than a blink.
I am an idiot. I should place more importance on my sleep. I know that, but you can be damn sure I’m going to be back at work on Friday behind on my sleep again… But while my boss may not appreciate it I am taking government advice and taking a break.
And you can probably guess this post isn’t about to suddenly get more exciting because I’m too tired to try any harder. Sorry folks “that’s all she wrote.” My homage to Murder, She Wrote, not an accidental confession of my gender while tired.