One of the saddest things I hear – and I hear it often – is the way people describe themselves to me in clinic when I ask about their lifestyle habits – sleep, exercise and ability to get things done.
You wouldn’t believe how many times I hear – “Oh, to be honest, I’m really lazy. I have trouble waking up and getting out of bed, and I just don’t feel like exercising….”
In my experience, very few people are genuinely lazy.
The ones I see in clinic are not lazy. They are TIRED. Not even just tired for that matter. Totally exhausted.
Having suffered from adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism myself, I know for a fact the difference between lazy and tired. And when you are too tired to even face chopping a carrot to put in a salad, and want to go back to bed the minute you get up, or are so depressed you want to just lay on the lounge all day and not function – there is something seriously wrong and to label yourself as just lazy is a huge insult.
I once had to make a big sign for a patent’s fridge so that she saw it every day – “I am not lazy, I am not crazy – I have a thyroid problem that is now being fixed”. Her friends and family were always commenting on how lazy she was, and it took a lot of convincing for her to understand that her body was letting her down – it wasn’t a issue with attitude – she had a genuine medical condition that needed treatment.
Why are we so quick to think the worst of ourselves?
I too, have been in that position with severe fatigue, mentally beating myself up for not going to the gym when I said I would and not getting the work done that I knew I was capable of. However, the difference between that state and a state of healthy well-being is enormous and I now know that laziness was definitely not part of the problem.
When we feel well, we want to move! We jump out of bed, wide-awake, looking forward to the day ahead. The energy coursing through our body makes us want to move – to go for a walk, run, bike-ride, dance, play, swim – whatever it is we enjoy we naturally feel like doing it.
We don’t have to force ourselves – we want to exercise because it feels good, we get our work done because it is easy. That is our natural state – and if you don’t feel like that, and describe yourself as being “lazy”, chances are there is something physically wrong that can be corrected.
For a more in-depth discussion of fatigue disorders – as a member of my Embracing Health Membership Club you have access to an hour and a half audio interview that I did with Dr. John Lowe – one of the world’s foremost experts on Fibromyalgia and thyroid conditions. Once you join as a member, you will have access to a members only page containing a link to the interview. There is a huge amount of knowledge shared on this audio, and if you are suffering from “laziness” I encourage you to listen to it.