I’m sure you’ve all felt like I do right now. I’m tired. It’s not just a physical tired, it’s an emotional thing. It’s something that’s been going on for the last 10-15 years of life, and especially the last 3-5 years. It’s exhausting.

I think there are a few reasons for this constant feeling of emotional exhaustion. First, for me, I’m a single parent. That in itself takes its toll. My daughter is 16 and has a tendency to disregard boundaries. She has blatantly disregarded curfew, fell behind in her education, and creates constant drama.

Second, technology has increased the pace of life. For all of its benefits, something about technology makes us more busy than we’ve ever been before. When the first thing I have to do in the morning is answer a dozen emails, it’s exhausting. Add a worldwide pandemic, political unrest and a higher reliance on technology than ever before, and we wind up with total technological overload.

Finally, I’ve been remodeling a condominium while living in it. The chaos remodeling creates feels never ending. The good side of this problem is that it’s temporary and it’s making my house more of a home. Now if someone could just follow the rules.

The result of these life complications: I always feel emotionally exhausted.

What can we do to solve this problem of feeling overwhelmed? I don’t have any definitive answers. Making sure to make time for ourselves to relax is important. Organizing and coordinating work and home responsibilities can help. But my goal for becoming less tired is simple. To become retired. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.