Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your normal tasks and responsibilities? Perhaps you sometimes feel like you are mentally exhausted and dealing with too much?
If this is the case then you may be dealing with mental fatigue. Keep reading to discover the main symptoms of mental fatigue and the significance of it.
Over time, mental fatigue can lead you to feel stressed and irritated as you may not be able to concentrate, you can make more mistakes which can then lead you to feel miserable.
I am going to talk to you about how to prevent mental fatigue, but firstly, let’s have a look at what mental fatigue actually is and the symptoms of mental fatigue.
Mental Fatigue can occur as a normal result of working, overstimulation, mental stress, or lack of sleep, to name a few.
A characteristic of mental fatigue is excessive mental tiredness. A lot of people can experience mental fatigue, however true and persisting mental fatigue can become a serious problem.
It is important that you recognize this before it becomes a serious problem, so let’s discuss some signs that show you if you may be suffering from mental fatigue.
It’s important to know if you are suffering from mental fatigue so that you can deal with your symptoms, and try to find a way to prevent them from reoccurring.
Perhaps you fear that if things carry on the way they are, you may become mentally fatigued if so take a look at these tell-tale signs.
If you are constantly feeling overwhelmed and never have time for yourself, or time to relax, you may be suffering from mental fatigue. When you cannot find a spare few minutes to switch off or try something relaxing, this is a problem.
Try going to a day spa, spending time with nature or just having some ‘me’ time one evening, this can really help. Here is my list of 81 activities to add to your self-care plan today that may motivate you.
If you are feeling as though this is not possible, or you are too overwhelmed and stressed then you could be suffering from mental fatigue.
Your mental energy may be very low too, as well as being stressed that things will not improve. Being very emotional (in a negative way) can be a big sign that you are suffering from mental fatigue.
Loss of appetite can be a physical symptom/sign that you experience. Eating can be affected by stress levels, just like you can stress eat, you can also lose your appetite.
This can be a sign of mental fatigue and is often linked to stress.
You can also be experiencing a lack of motivation. This links to your loss of appetite, as you have no energy to cook or eat.
The stress could be causing symptoms where you could be anxious and feel sick, thus not wanting to eat.
Negative emotions can be a sign of mental fatigue, especially increased irritability. This may be because your brain is overwhelmed and is not behaving the way that it should.
Stress and depression can often cause people to become quite irritable, as well as causing possible mood swings. If you find yourself constantly irritated and angry, this may be a sign of mental fatigue.
You may find yourself not spending as much time on your responsibilities as you normally would, this could even be spending time with friends and family, you may also feel too tired to make the effort to go out and socialize.
You could be procrastinating or withdrawing from your previous responsibilities because you just feel too overwhelmed and do not have enough energy. This could be a sign of mental fatigue.
Now that you know what to look out for in terms of the signs and symptoms of mental fatigue. It is worth knowing what you can do to prevent it.
If mental fatigue persists it can be very serious, so knowing how to stop and prevent it is a great thing to learn.
In order to be well rested and have enough energy to start your day off well, it is recommended that you get seven to eight hours sleep.
Having proper rest can help prevent mental and physical fatigue. Not having enough sleep will cause low energy, low motivation, and productivity. When you sleep you are recharging from your long busy day and need good sleep to re-energize, so get as much as you can.
Exercising can really help to activate your brain and help you to stay awake for longer too which can really help with preventing mental and physical fatigue. If you can exercise as much as possible, it can really help with staying awake and energized.
Exercising also helps to release endorphins into your body, which helps you to feel happier and experience happy emotions, which is also a great benefit if you are feeling slightly drained.
If your mind gets lazy and is not very active, this won't help with mental fatigue. Even just being able to do some crosswords or word searches will help your brain to stay active.
Be sure to read our article on more ways to train your brain to stay positive.
Reading a book can also help with this if you can do a simple task that can stimulate your brain, once a day, this can really help to prevent mental fatigue.
Feeling tired can sometimes be to do with not having enough proper oxygenation to your blood. Deep breathing can really help with mental fatigue as it helps to prevent you from feeling tired. If you are somewhere that is properly ventilated, take some deep breaths, concentrate on your breath and you should start to feel a little more awake as you are giving your blood proper oxygenation.