There is something satisfying about feeling physically tired at the end of the day. Those of us who do not have manual jobs do not feel this way on a daily basis. I am sure that there are many people who, like me, spend quite a lot of time working online, who do not feel this way all that often.
While my husband and I have been working on our barn conversion project, I have been feeling this way more often. But is is definitely not something I feel every day. I do get out in the garden a lot, and walk fairly frequently. But today, after a long day working on our project, I am pleasantly tired out and it feels good.
There is a lot to be said for feeling physically tired at the end of the day. Seeking out that feeling can definitely be beneficial – for our mental as well as our physical health. It’s not just the feeling of having had some exercise – it is the feeling that comes from a full and busy day of physical activity.
Over the next week, during a rare break from work, I will, I am sure, be feeling this way more than usual. But ultimately, one of my goals is to make it a far more regular part of my lifestyle. I am lucky that I do have good balance in my life. But it is something people in general should think about more often.
The reason I bring this up today is because in addition to the health benefits of physical exercise, and the sense of satisfaction it brings, feeling physically tired at the end of the day also has implications for sustainability. Too many of us have lost the connection to physical work. And when we begin to regain that connection, we can be astounded by what it is possible to achieve… with our gardens, with our homes, and in the wider world.