Have you been feeling too drained and mentally exhausted that even the simplest decisions seem like a huge task? Does your current mental state make you irritable, stressed every now and then, and kills your productivity? If you relate to these questions and find yourself to be juggling with such situations then reading this piece on will bring you clarity about the condition.
Mental fatigue is described as a condition resulting from the prolonged activity of the brain, overdriving it and leaving a foggy impact. This definitely hampers productivity and the state of exhaustion overpowers you.
When you suffer from mental fatigue or exhaustion, there are symptoms you will start facing. The symptoms of mental fatigue could be emotional, behavioral as well as physical.
Let’s identify some major symptoms here:
- Persisting state of mental and physical exhaustion
- Stress eating or loss of appetite (Also Read: How to Handle Emotional Eating?)
- Headaches and body aches
- Low attention span
- More prone to illness
- Irritability and anger
- Demotivated state of mind
- Lowered productivity
- Overthinking and pessimism
These are the major symptoms that appear when a person is going through mental fatigue. The symptoms should not be avoided and left untreated. We are generally concerned about physical health and often neglect our mental health due to the hectic lifestyle. But it is an alarming sign when you start facing any of these symptoms. Your mental health needs equal attention and care as physical health. Take it as sincerely as you tend to your physical discomfort or illness.
The production of cortisol (stress-inducing hormone) when increases and persists for a long time, it turns into mental fatigue.
You should be aware of the causes of Mental Fatigue or Brain Fatigue
- Unorganized Surroundings- According to studies, unorganized surroundings can lead to stress; the more your surroundings are cluttered, the more stress it induces in a person. It is often considered that an unorganized home space/workspace represents an unorganized or cluttered brain. When things around you look cluttered, it gives an impression of too much pending work and messes up with the thought process.
- Procrastination is the mother of stress– “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar it”. (correct it). It is a vicious habit of delaying the work even when you have the time to complete it. The more we try to avoid work, the more worrisome thoughts start creeping in your head. The adverse effect of procrastination is that it drains a lot of your mental energy.
- Loss of a loved one- This is an emotional cause of mental fatigue. When the constant lamenting state of mind that keeps you from moving on persists for the long term, it may also result in brain fatigue.
- Keep your task list short and achievable– Do not set all the long and complex tasks in one list. The stress of not being able to complete the tasks may contribute to your mental fatigue in the long run. The constant rush to do it all and complete at once can prove to be exhausting. The disappointment can also disturb your sleep cycle because of stress.
- Sleep deprivation is a common yet neglected reason contributing to brain fatigue. Depriving yourself of sleep reflects in your mood with increased grumpiness and a foggy mind.
People are usually in the habit of ignoring all the situations and only start to care when it gets worse. As a famous phrase goes “Prevention is better than cure”; take the first step to prevent mental fatigue from getting severe.
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How To Deal With Mental Fatigue?
The most crucial stage after identifying yourself to be suffering from mental fatigue is to learn about the strategies to overcome it.
By simply decluttering the space around, you will see instant relief from the cluttered thoughts. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and it will cheer up your mood.
- Keep your daily task list simple and achievable:
Prioritize the tasks and act accordingly. This will keep you moving ahead as you start feeling instant gratification.
- Pen down your thoughts:
Maintain a daily journal where you can write whatever is going inside your head. Penning down your thoughts will allow you to take them out of your system and you will feel more comfortable. Write more of positive things every day, this will make you more grateful and optimistic. Practice this on a daily basis and you will experience a great change in your life.
- Meditate to maintain calm:
Developing the habit of meditating on a regular basis will quiet the pesky thoughts. Start with 15-20 minutes and gradually increase the meditation with time. It will enable you to respond wisely to situations than just emotionally reacting to everything and affecting your mental health. (Also Read: Simple Things That Can Help You Relax In The Office)
- Indulge in self-care:
Take out some time from your busy schedule for things that make you feel good. Self-care and self-love are integral parts of a healthy mind and body. Do not feel guilty to spend quality time with yourself, it is a necessity that your health demands.
- Mindful Physical Activities:
Set a proper routine for exercising and performing yoga. These will benefit you holistically. Do not pressurize yourself, just take it as a rejuvenating process for your brain. Exercise and yoga alleviate the fogginess in the mind so that you can entirely be in the present moment. Regular practice also increases concentration making you more productive on a daily basis. Form new healthy habits and break from the old ones stopping you from being happy. (Also Read: Yoga Poses For Every Woman )
- Do not hesitate from taking professional help:
There is no harm in consulting a doctor and talking out your mental condition. It will enable you to widen your perspective of the situation and you will start finding solutions. Gradually, you will totally be relieved of mental fatigue. Once relieved, share this with your close ones, so that more people become aware of brain fatigue and know how to deal with it.
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