Below are some of the symptoms of mental fatigue:
- Being short-tempered or highly irritable
- Inability to pay attention, which means you can get easily distracted
- Difficulty understanding the information provided to you
- Difficulty solving problems
- Feeling disconnected
- Being forgetful
- Difficulty making decisions; even routine decisions can become difficult
- Difficulty doing daily tasks
- Choosing to delay or avoid responsibilities
Note that mental fatigue can also lead to physical symptoms (sleep troubles, headaches, etc.) and behavioral changes (not wanting to socialize, demotivated, etc.)
Left unmanaged, a person may become anxious or even, depressed.
How To Cope With Mental Fatigue
If you experience the symptoms of mental exhaustion, you might benefit from the following tips:
1. Ask yourself: What’s behind your mental exhaustion?
In many cases, mental fatigue results from several reasons. But, if you can pinpoint a particular cause, then you can take a more structured approach in handling your fatigue.
For instance, if you know that the high demands of your job causes your fatigue, then you can talk to your superior or colleagues about it. Perhaps, you can take a break, delegate some tasks, or move some deadlines.
2. Focus on your health
Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and inadequate sleep can magnify the effects of your mental fatigue.
Eat a balanced diet by eating more nutrient-dense foods, exercise for at least 30 minutes daily, and sleep for a minimum of 7 hours a night. This will keep your body strong and resistant to stressors.
3. Self-care is not a “waste of time”
Taking a break from work, practicing mindfulness meditation, and doing things that bring you happiness are not a waste of time.
In fact, experts say you must find time to do things you enjoy daily.
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