Have you been overly critical of yourself lately? How and why have you done this? Yes, I realised I have been overly critical of myself lately. I have to admit I've been procrastinating and struggling a lot with my part-time studies, because of the extreme fatigue I've been feeling. I opened up my Gmail inbox today and had a reminder that I have a major report due tomorrow. I felt terrible as I haven't even started it. I've completely forgotten. I felt like I'm lazy and undisciplined, and that I should have kept up with my course more effectively. I realise that I've been overly critical of myself for being "lazy" when in fact I'm struggling to battle the fatigue. I find it makes concentrating on activities like academic study particularly difficult. I also noticed I'm making a lot of mistakes at work due to tiredness. I try to laugh it off but I feel embarrassed. For instance, today I called a lady to remind her that her eye test appointment is tomorrow at 2:30pm. But I accidentally told her that her eye test was today! The lady had to correct me, when I was the one who should have known better. I often speak in a self-deprecating way at work because I make so many mistakes and get confused, but I realised that can be a form of self-criticism when taken to extremes. Of course I think it's okay to have a laugh and not take myself too seriously, but I don't want to constantly put myself down either.