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    Default Exhaustion & despression

    Often after extreme physical exhaustion, when I am alone I turn to thoughts that remind me of negative times. Such memories would never normally cross my mind, but they seem to display themselves only under this condition. It doesn't make much sense to me, so perhaps someone could shed some light on the situation.
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    It may be as simple as your body being exhausted and less able to hold back latent thoughts. I do this too - when my energy levels are up, I'm less badgered by negative memories or ideas. The very ability to get up and move and take action probably pushes those thoughts away until they can move in on you in a weakened state.
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    When you have a big deadline coming up or a lot of work to get done, you remain healthy, but as soon as that important thing is done you often get sick. Maybe the negative thoughts are being staved off in the same way that exhaustion is. When exhaustion finally hits, it's like your emotional immune system also is compromised.

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    When I get exhausted, I sometimes get depressed.
    (I've even had times where I start to cry simply because my body is so tired.)

    Since exhaustion and depression are both "down" feelings, you might also have them cross-referenced in your head.... the one experience triggers memories of the others just by prior connection. The body is very good at developing behavior/defense mechanisms like that (a la Pavlov's dogs).
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    Physical exhaustion is a negative feeling, and any negative feeling can start a whole chain reaction of them. I suffer from chronic fatigue, so I know this well--I feel great when my body feels great, and I'm irritable when I'm tired, because I'm tired.
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    I'm sorry to hear that, Nunki. One of my very best friends has chronic fatigue and it was really awful for her, esp when we were all teenagers and she could barely move. I have inherited genetic auto-immune problems myself, and it's exhausting. Being physically drained kicks the door open to all manner of low thoughts.
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    Most of my really negative memories are tied to times when I felt inadequate and helpless. When I'm really physically exhausted (not just tired from playing hard), I start feeling like I'll never feel capable again. The vulnerability is similar, and triggers old negative inner dialogue.

    I'm there right now, actually. Good diet, B vitamins and omega oils help a little.
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    Good nutrition and Sir Mix-A-Lot.
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    This all makes sense. I now know the cause, but is there a cure? A healthy lifestyle definitely helps normal modes of functioning, but what is the aid for extreme modes (in this case, physical exhaustion)? Sleep is a proven remedy, but the negative thoughts fester between post-"workout" and la-la land. What can be done within this time frame?
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    Call a friend and chat until the "danger" time has passed?
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