There’s a lot of tiredness going around …and it has nothing to do with age.
“I can’t stop yawning”, said the barista at my local coffee shop, “I seem to be tired just doing nothing.” Later, the supermarket check-out girl echoed his comment. Then a friend remarked that she too had the ‘tired-bug’. Apparently there’s a lot of tiredness going around these days, and it’s not confined to those who think they’re “getting on in life”. The young, who are apt to burn the candle at both ends as the saying goes, are feeling tired too.
So why are so many of us feeling weary? There’s lots of reasons. I can come up with several. For example , we work longer hours, the pace of life is more hectic, we cram more activities into a day, and technology keeps some of us awake and in touch 24/7. Apparently we’re so over-connected that those in the thirty-something age group talk about needing a ‘nanna nap’ during the day. Mind you, a siesta in the middle of the day is not uncommon in some countries. In fact it’s quite accepted.
However, I know from contact with senior members of my family, that running out of puff in the afternoon is often associated with one’s age. In fact, it seems almost like a ‘set rule’ that at a certain age, the mid-afternoon nap becomes almost mandatory. This is not entirely a bad thing. Some research shows certain health benefits for those who nap during the day. But is this the way it has to be? Does our energy level have to drop as we age?
I typed that question into Google and found that the general consensus amongst health professionals is yes. One web site stated, “Energy is the key to staying youthful – without producing enough energy, … you will then start experiencing all the signs and symptoms of old age and poor health.” To counter this, the recommended method for retaining our get-up-and-go, is to undertake hormone replacement therapy (HRT), take vitamins, or some other drug or supplement.
For many people, drugs are a useful means to boosting their vitality. However others have found a drug-free way to staying energized no matter what their age. “Spirituality”, says Canada’s Zoomer magazine for the 50 plus group, “can play a big role in our lives. It can bring us peace of mind, a greater sense of connection and even contribute to our health and longevity. Spirituality is also something we seek as we age — and it doesn’t have to be tied to a particular religion or religious organization.”
The magazine also notes research that shows the benefits of ‘faith’ in helping us to maintain our zip and zing no matter what our age. These include having a heightened sense of purpose, a greater sense of wellbeing, less stress, a more positive outlook on life, and better social connection. Such benefits point to a spiritually mental “key” to sustaining our energy levels – a key that would seem to naturally involve regular prayer or meditation.
This kind of prayerful mental activity, serves to remind us of the creative source of our liveliness – a divine Spirit. Historical records show that individuals who have been spiritually minded have been able to maintain their physical strength and stamina well into their later years. And it’s not just a special gift to them. We have this promise that “those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” It’s a promise that sounds pretty good to me. It encourages the prospect of keeping our oomph at every age.