So Tired of Being so Tired

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As the late Mac Miller once put it, “I’m so tired of being so tired.” 
 

Anyone else feel this way? I don’t think I’ve slept well in over a year unless I pop some Benadryl. I don’t think I’ve experienced 24 hours without the feeling of huge stress in the past year. I’m just tired of waking up every day. There’s always some new problem. It’s a pretty stressful year. I don’t come on this site as often as I used to, I’ve deleted my social media apps off my phone, and I try to spend more time with my wife. My personal life is actually good, I’m just tired of being stressed out and worried. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Restr
Sep 8, 2020 - 10:33am

Try to build a routine of daily meditation/prayer. Just 5 minutes a day really improved my sleep quality. I was waking up consistently at 3-4am thinking about spreadsheets, regardless of when I went to bed or how much sleep I didn't get the night before. I sleep much better now and I attribute the success to prayer and meditation as that's the only thing that I changed when I finally started getting consistent sleep.

Array

 
Sep 8, 2020 - 2:17pm

I've been trying to do this consistently, but it's a lot easier said than done. I try to get in a couple minutes when I wake up and in the early evening (which is easier to do while WFH). Also working out in the morning has helped a lot to and helps set the tone for the rest of the day.

Also amazing quote from Taleb.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

 
Sep 8, 2020 - 12:41pm

Unfortunately I'm not in a position now to do so (I'm actively interviewing with a few companies). But I can't wait to take a vacation...

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 5:31pm

That's rough. At least accounting is relatively stable, from what I know. My college was a big feeder into Big 4. I think I knew at least 20 people personally who went to PwC or EY when we graduated.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Sep 14, 2020 - 1:54am

Malta

That's rough. At least accounting is relatively stable, from what I know. My college was a big feeder into Big 4. I think I knew at least 20 people personally who went to PwC or EY when we graduated.

Pretty much. The low performers got cut, wages were reduced for a short period, raises were abysmal, and no bonuses were given, but I never felt like my job was on the line at any point - and that seems to be the consensus around the profession as well.

Companies are still hiring so I've been interviewing at a few places. I can speak for myself that working through a pandemic has made me realize what's important in life, and stressing about getting a tax return done for some rich jerkoff just isn't worth it.

 
Sep 13, 2020 - 5:32pm

Yeah I've been taking benadryl but trying to not make it a habit. I think I sleep stressed out and when I wake up it's not usually refreshing.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Sep 9, 2020 - 11:36pm

melly helps with sleep. 

Array
 
Sep 10, 2020 - 1:13am

Praying for a speedy recovery

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
 
Sep 10, 2020 - 7:20pm

Talk with a therapist. It takes 5 min to find a therapist on zocdoc that takes your insurance. A therapist will help walk you through your problems, which is unlike how a therapist is portrayed on TV. Therapy + switching jobs if you don't like what you're doing will be very helpful. If you like your job, therapy will help you find a routine that will keep you happy despite the long hours and stress. Additionally, try not to become reliant on meds if you can, however, there is nothing wrong with taking meds.

 

Godspeed.

Array
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 5:33pm

Good call. I've actually seen a therapist before, was really going through a rough patch in life. While it was really helpful, I know my issue- I try to control my life too much. Working out helps alleviate some of the anxieties.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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