21:59

I am back! On the 31st May I flew out to Los Angeles and for two weeks I toured around Southern and Northern California. In SoCal I visited Disneyland, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Laguna Beach and other spots. Up in NorCal I went to San Francisco city centre, Fisherman’s Wharf, Exploratorium, Twin Peaks, Coit Tower, Union Square, the Great Mall in San Jose and many other places.

My trips abroad are always jam packed so I often come home feeling like I need a holiday after my holiday! Whilst physically and mentally draining, the whole experience was a lot of fun and it was amazing to travel around and explore new (and old) places.

It has taken me almost a whole week to get rid of my jet lag. I returned to work the day after I flew back from the US, and I struggled to keep my eyes open during work hours. I have been waking up in the middle of the night for the past week, and also took long naps in the evenings to compensate for the lack of sleep. I managed to sleep through the night yesterday so hopefully my jet lag has been curbed!

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22:47

After a hectic week of work and play I have finally had a chance to let my body rest. For the past week an Australian friend has been visiting Edinburgh so everyday has been eventful. I went to work during the day and met my friend in the evenings which resulted in long days out of the house. We also helped to prepare for our mutual friend’s wedding over the weekend (making favours, decorations and organising schedules). Over Sunday and Monday I attended wedding festivities and taxied friends around in my car.

Today I went back to work feeling very drained and ended up being quite unproductive. After a long Monday of wedding activities and the previous week of work and play, the tiredness finally caught up with my body. When I got home from work I had a 3 hour nap, skipped dinner and now I am ready to sleep again.

As much as I love being busy sometimes, I also need time to rest and have some time to myself. Being physically out of the house every day and night is exhausting! I think my body is telling me to slow down and take it easy, however I seem to have a million things planned for the coming months. I am grateful in advance for any opportunities that I get to stay at home!

22:06

  • Perpetually tired.
  • Forever aching.
  • Slowly deteriorating.

Recently another year was added to my twenty something self and though there was no immediate change to my being, I realised the afore mentioned things.

I cannot remember the last time I woke up feeling refreshed from a good nights sleep, nor when my body did not ache or hurt in the slightest. My memory is worse, my reactions are slower and my tastes have changed. Is this what the onset of thirty brings?

22:08

I am trying to remember the last time that I felt fully refreshed and 100% awake, and truthfully I cannot remember. Every morning I wake up for work slightly groggy and wishing I could turn over and go back to sleep.

As a human being we need to sleep to survive. Our body needs to rest and recuperate and our mind needs to ‘switch off’. Whilst I sleep for an appropriate number of hours each night, how is it that I always wake up tired? I have a semi-strict routine in the evenings to allow me to go to bed at a reasonable time. I get into bed early and try to unwind from the day’s activities. Despite this routine I find myself tossing and turning in the night struggling to truly ‘switch off’. My fitness band tracks my sleeping patterns and I tend to wake up multiple times in the night. I know that as we get older our quality of sleep deteriorates, whether that be because of lifestyle changes or health issues. I feel like my sleep structure has already shifted a little.

In my student life I could stay awake till 4am with no problems, and then sleep in till noon the next day. My body has become accustomed to a set routine for work: getting up early and sleeping early. Working life is tiring.

22:26

The first week back to work after a holiday is always the hardest. Add in staff illness, throw in a few projects, plus early starts and late finishes due to over time, and you will have one tired employee.

After what seemed like the longest week; I finally have some time to myself. During my working week my evenings are filled with: dinner, social media check, shower, lunch preparation and then an early night. It does not deviate much because this routine keeps me feeling the most refreshed for work the next day. This weekend will be spent recharging before another long week of work.

Current feeling: drained and aching.

01:33

I have found the source of my tiredness! A 2 hour nap before dinner helped, but I am still tired as ever.

I think I’ve learnt to accept that my body cannot handle strenuous activity as well as it used to, also that sitting or lying down or the majority of the day with bad posture is killing my former good energy levels (also giving me aches and pains). Yesterday was exactly 2 months until my birthday: twenty something +1 is becoming a sad thought.

00:36

The holidays seem to make me more tired than I feel during term time. Maybe it’s all the staring at a screen that has made my eyes heavy and my body physically tired. The bad weather of rain and wind has made it unpleasant to go out, and with limited leisure activities in my small home town I have been pretty much housebound. Hopefully the weather gets better in the remainder of the time I have left at home and I feel less sluggish.

01:23

My final exam has been completed and my holiday has officially started, so why does my current mood not match with current events?

I’m going to go with, ‘I’m tired’ which is partly true because I feel physically, mentally and emotionally drained. Maybe I should try and sleep it off instead of snapping at my friends and being a general grump. Fluctuating emotions, why do you have to do this to me?