Mental Fatigue Symptoms and Causes
Mental fatigue can definitely take its toll on a person’s well-being. It can actually be worse than physical fatigue because of a person’s inability to think clearly or express their feelings and frustrations. Worse still, mental stress is known to cause physical fatigue and illness, too!
Mental fatigue or exhaustion may be a result of your work, family life, conflict, or even a lack of quality sleep. If you have to make an important decision, mental stress can take its toll on you and can even lead to severe depression. This is all the more reason to avoid the consequences and implement strategies to overcome mental fatigue!
How to Relax your Mind and Boost your Energy
Relaxation is absolutely necessary to relieve mental stress, ease mental fatigue symptoms, and rejuvenate your body and mind. You’re probably thinking, “How am I going to do that?” Well, it’s easy. Here are some tips to help you reduce mental exhaustion and start implementing a relaxation routine:
- Take time out for yourself. Spend time in a quiet room where you can reflect and get in touch with your spiritual side. Everyone has a different way of self-reflection. Some pray or meditate, others write in a journal or diary, while others simply allow their thoughts to gently release into the darkness and quietness of the room.
- Get plenty of sleep. Mental fatigue can exist no matter how much sleep you get, but sleep does help refresh your body and mind. Getting adequate sleep will eliminate a lot of your day-to-day stress. After all, the body will have a chance to repair itself and recharge.
- Free your mind from the problems that swirl around you. Take your mind off of those things that are causing you stress by working on a puzzle or spending time with friends and family. Or perhaps you need to go out for a nice dinner or weekend getaway to free your mind.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, which are known to make you feel happy. It’s like the body’s natural “high.” Even if all you can do is take a 15-minute walk, take it. That can be great alone time for you.
- Try breathing exercises. When things get rough, take deep breaths in through your nose, hold it for 10 seconds, then release. You’ll notice that this will relieve tension.
- Take a day in which you can do things by yourself. Take yourself out to a movie, go to a museum or art gallery, or do something you’ve always wanted to do but never made time for. In doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of being alone.
- Eat slowly. When you chew your food, savor the flavor and allow your digestion to be efficient you will enjoy more focus.
Implementing Your Own Strategies
These are just some of the strategies to combat mental fatigue symptoms. You may have some other methods that help you relax and find peace in your life. Once you begin integrating these simple exercises into your day, you will begin to feel the weight lifted of your shoulders and before you know it, you’ll feel like a brand new person!
Yesterday I shared about my journey about my weight gain and body image.
Today, I had some horrible sugar cravings again. I had no energy
While in the 4th store looking for deodorant and listerine; ( my husband is a bit picky!) I was struck with a compulsion to buy lifesavers.
I was trying to convince myself that eating a roll of lifesavers would do me good as I had no energy; so I searched.
I couldn’t find a roll; but I did find a big ole bag. I took them off the shelf and I put them back on the shelf about 3 times.
Then I decided to search a little longer for that single lifesaver roll and entered Christmas Candy hell.
My eyes fell upon my childhood stocking stuffer dream: those lifesaver christmas packs that contained 5 or 10 rolls.
Again, I pick it up and started to rationalize that I would eat just one roll and throw the rest away.
Yet, this wasn’t my first trip to the lifesaver storybook pack rodeo. I knew that if I bought that pack that I would eat at least 3 packs.
I began to cry.
Yes, in the middle of the drug store I was crying and cursing that 10 pack for controlling my life.
I heard Delilah Dazzle told me to step away from the candy aisle. Delilah is my intuition. Yes I name her (judge if you must.)
I dried my eyes and walked away secretly hoping that a single lifesaver roll was waiting for me at the checkout counter.
As I slid into the car and grabbed onto the steering wheel; I surrendered my sugar craving (no energy for it).
I prayed for God to take it because I just couldn’t deal with it anymore.
Thankfully, he took my craving
Lifesavers are deadly for me. They trigger all kinds of good and bad childhood memories.
After I had regained my composure I asked Delilah: what was that about?
Your lack of faith makes you crabby and you are wanting sugar to sweeten you life.
Then she said: create those 10 commandments and your need for sweetness will disappear. She was right.
I created my 10 commandments and the sweetness is beginning to return. Here are mine:
1. I influence the scale; I don’t control. It holds no power over me.
2. I only wear clothes that honor my body as it is TODAY.
3. Fit trumps size everyday of the week. Both in health and in clothing.
4. When I eat I eat; When I read, I read and when I TV I TV
5. I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am satisfied.
6. I allow my gut to illuminate my life.
7. Hating my body only makes the scale tip up. To tip it down; I first love my body as it is today.
8. I welcome cravings as a gift that is providing vital information to my ongoing transformation.
9. Everyday I work towards mastering the art of slow down and savor.
10. Forgiveness and gratitude are the kindling to my metabolic fire.
Sista Chat time: I just revealed my struggle with food. Are you willing to share yours in the comments below so I can help you? Also, are you willing to create your own 10 commandments?
It is time to cleanse the ritual of worrying out of your life! In your journal, write about your biggest worries and then the likelihood of each coming true. You were not born a worrier and you don’t have to die being a worrier. The choice is yours. After all, worrying only gives your fear more energy and you with no energy.
This is an excerpt from one of my cleanse reflection days.
During my cleanses I incentivize my clients to take time and journal. It is one of those things that no one really wants to do; but end up loving to do!
My Modern Mom Cleanses are meant to clear out the brain fog and add more energy to their lives.
Yet, if you are cleansing your body but not your mind; you are wasting your time!
Worrying is he biggest energy drain out there and it makes us crabby with no energy. Worse yet, it puts our body into stress response which stops metabolism.
Your body doesn’t know that what you are giving energy to isn’t happening.
Get out your journal and get those worries out of your body and on paper!
Your turn: Are you a worry wart?