Thursday, July 09, 2009

Fatigue and Emotion

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By Dr James Dobson

It's amazing how many problems in our lives can be eliminated by this simple prescription: Get some rest! The late, great football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." How right he was.

Physical depletion renders us less able to cope with the noisiness of children; with a broken washing machine, and with the other minor irritations of everyday living. Perhaps this explains why men and women who are overworked often become cowardly, whining, griping and biting to those they love. I think many today need to make rest a priority. Each of us requires a certain number of hours of sleep, and we should make certain we get it.

We should turn down invitations to serve on yet another committee, or late dinner dates, or even promotions, if we know our reserves are already depleted. We might even carve out an entire day, setting it aside for recreation in the best sense of the word: A walk in the park or a long talk with friends. Fatigue isn't easily conquered, but a few tough decisions like these will help us lead more sane and healthy lives.

From TODAY, Voices – Thursday, 09-Jul-2009

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