Restlessness is the absence of calm, a term that alludes to calm, peace or rest. The action of restlessness, therefore, consists of making someone or something lose their peace of mind.
For example: “The magnitude of the tragedy generates uneasiness, but I am confident that we will be able to get ahead”, “The coach’s resignation caused uneasiness in the squad”, “The facts of insecurity cause uneasiness in the population”.
Restlessness can be associated with uneasiness.
Synonyms and antonyms
To better understand this term, which has a subjective meaning, it is appropriate to refer to its various synonyms, which can provide us with certain nuances. Among the most common are the following: nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, restlessness, eagerness, uneasiness, sleeplessness, discomfort, longing, disgust and discomfort.
Regarding its antonyms, we can mention serenity, tranquility and, of course, calm.
What is restlessness
Restlessness is associated with restlessness, nervousness, embarrassment, or even despair. It is an unpleasant sensation, opposite to that offered by calm.
Take the case of a person who gets divorced and, two weeks later, is fired from the company where he worked for twenty years. Then, a few days later, she suffers the sudden death of her father. It is likely that all these events make her uneasy as they are painful and mean that her life will never be the same.
In some cases, restlessness is linked to nervousness or despair.
From anxiety to depression
One of the effects of restlessness is anxiety. Whoever is restless cannot concentrate and, in this way, cannot take advantage of the resources available to him. In addition, he is tense and has a high level of stress.
Unrest is usually temporary and can be overcome independently or with the support of loved ones (friends, family). However, when the restlessness is intense and persists over time, it can lead to depression or other psychological disorders that require professional treatment.
Irruption of restlessness
It is possible to affirm that there is no person who does not go through restlessness at least once in his life, as well as the sensation of anguish, uncertainty, impatience, anxiety, diffuse fear and agitation, all synonyms that can be added to the list expressed in the previous paragraph. When something unexpected happens to us that makes us feel threatened, or when our plans are not fulfilled, it is common for uneasiness to arise.
It is not easy to have to face certain circumstances that life puts in our way, since in general we are not psychologically prepared to make the right decisions. Of course, many times restlessness appears for no apparent reason, from one day to the next and even in the midst of positive periods. How to explain this phenomenon? One of the causes of this sudden change of mood can be related to chemical issues, although usually the truth is found in issues that the person has not resolved and that are buried deep in the person’s being.
The importance of knowing yourself
Regardless of the beliefs of each person, which may point to issues related to the soul or religion, it is in our nature the need to move forward despite problems, and for this we tend to deny those things that we cannot overcome. It is a defense mechanism that can be very healthy in some situations, but in the long term it can become a cyst that we must remove to continue living in peace.
«Everything in my life was working until suddenly I was invaded by restlessness»; perhaps, the subject had ordered his emotions from him and hid his problems in order to believe that “everything was working”, but when these last ones were released he was invaded by uncertainty.
“Libro del desesosiego”, finally, is a work written by the Portuguese Fernando Pessoa and published under the heteronym of Bernardo Soares.