Chapter 24: What Makes You Tired And What You Can Do About It: Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying And Start Living Book Chapter Summary.

Right from the start in Chapter 24 of, “How To Stop Worrying And Start Living,” Mr. Carnegie lets us know that our brains never get tired. He points out that science shows that blood passing through the brain never contains elevated levels of toxins, as do other parts of our body. Elevated levels of toxins in other parts of our body apparently can cause us to suffer from fatigue. This lack of toxins in the blood flowing through the human brain has apparently amazed more than one brilliant scientist; forcing them to conclude that our brains are tireless in nature.

They say that what does make us tired are things like boredom, resentment, anger and feelings of being unappreciated as individuals. In short; we get tired because our emotions cause stress/tension in our bodies.

Dale mentions here that people tend to associate work with effort. This idea in the mind can actually cause our bodies to tense up. Operating in a tense state is enough to wear anyone out after a while.

Even those folks who sit behind a desk all day tend to tense up and get tired because of the above mentioned thinking. After all, “Work requires effort,” right? “Not!” Dale explains more about the concept of working effortlessly in this chapter, too!

Work does not have to cause tension. Dale writes that it is our attitudes and what we’ve been taught that causes tension. He tells us that tension is a habit and that bad habits like tension can be broken with practice.

Mr. Carnegie says here that the beginning steps to getting rid of tension are not something we do in the mind. The beginning stage to this process starts in our muscles. We need to start losing the tension in our bodies by telling our muscles to let go of all strain that they have in them.

It takes a little conscious thought to do this but if we focus on a specific part of our body, working on getting all muscles to relax in that location, before moving on to the next, we will be able to make ourselves as limp as a ragdoll. With practice in doing this over time we will be able to do this more quickly and reap the benefits of this practice for longer and longer periods of time.

Dale tells us that some medical professionals feel that if you can relax your eyes than you have pretty much taken care of all that you need to. Dale enlightens us as to why this is in his writing; telling us that our eyes burn up a quarter of all the energy in our bodies do to nervous strain. He writes that this is why some folks who have perfectly sound eyes run into difficulty with their vision.

He explains here too that at the end of a productive day folks should feel energized. Dale says that tiredness is generally a sign that we are not working as efficiently as we could be.

He stresses the importance of working in a comfortable position and making it a practice to relax at odd moments. Not making an effort to relax; just easing into a state of relaxation.

Relaxation and effort are not one of those things that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why should they? One word counter acts the other. You know what happens when you are conflicted right?

So learn to relax your body at odd moments. Keep in mind that easing in to a state of relaxation is not something you do by making an effort and remember that tiredness is not the sign of a productive day. Once you’ve gotten a handle on these concepts it’s pretty easy to feel better about all that you do and tweak the circumstances a bit when you need to. Like, “When you are feeling tired!”

Author: Brian Schnabel

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