“I’m tired” can mean so much more than lack of sleep.
When I say “I’m tired”, I’m not just physically tired, I’m emotionally tired. I’m holistically tired. I’m tired
even when I’ve spent the entire night sleeping in bed. It’s not just tired eyes & achy muscles. It’s not just a
yawn & one more hour in bed. It’s getting up & getting dressed in a blur. Brushing your teeth & brushing your
hair, & then leaving the house. All while tired. Numb. Drained. Completely out of it. Lost. But you move on with
the day anyway. This is what mental illness can do to your body. When people ask if I’m okay, my answer is
always “I’m fine. Just tired.” Tiredness is a socially accepted feeling. A long day at
work or sitting through a boring lecture. That’s tiredness many can relate to. But for me, tiredness is lying in bed
all day & still feeling like you could sleep for a thousand years. Tiredness accompanies my Depression & my
Anxiety. When someone tells you they’re tired, sometimes you need to look beyond their answer. I don’t
need sleep or a nap. I need people. I need love. I need understanding.