You suffer from mental fatigue when you are mentally drained.
The mind needs rest too, not just the body. This drain is not conducive for good health, so read on.
WHEN ONE MORE CONVERSATION COULD SET YOU OFF
The coworker leans into your cubicle. You want to cut their head off for opening their mouth. This may be because your mind is telling you something. Can your brain not handle one more conversation? This may be a sign you need to slow down. Your brain has become overloaded. Take some time to be with yourself in quiet. This quiet time may be what you need to process what others are saying.
THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON, BUT NO ROOM TO THINK
Kids are playing. The TV is switched on. Your phone is going off. The microwave timer just went off. Most likely, this is too much for the brain to think about at once is not pleasant. Nor was the brain designed to handle so many things at once. Try switching off as many devices as you can. Try doing one thing at once, and you might find some serenity.
YOU FORGET (PRETTY MUCH) EVERYTHING
Oh, you were supposed to go to that dinner last night. You totally blew off your friend’s wedding. You don’t remember what you came to the store for. These are sure signs you have too much going on in there. Get a day planner, and write things down. Our brain has more room to be present when we have written things down. You may even find you aren’t forgetting things as easily. (Big surprise)
PHYSICALLY DRAINED FOR NO REASON
You got plenty of sleep. In fact, like 10 hours. You still feel completely drained. You feel like you can’t move a muscle. This most likely is another sign our brain is on overload mode. Our physical health has a lot to do with what’s going on mentally. When we slow our minds down, our bodies have space to work properly. If you’re experiencing physical symptoms unexplained, the mind may be the culprit. Try being mindful of this very moment. Smell the smells. Hear every sound, listen like a sponge. Close your eyes and focus on only your breathe. Being mindful readily allows our body to be more efficient.
YOU CAN’T EVEN THINK
You’re at work, and your mind just ceases to work. The brain has ceased to connect properly. Your mind feels like a computer that has just browned out. What this points to, is mental blocks are the norm for you. This means that you have crossed the realm of “mentally tired.” Give your brain time to recoup. You may need to make time for a mental health day.
YOU’RE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
Everything’s a blur. You don’t know whether to cry or laugh hysterically. You do laugh and cry within an hour. Your friends are wondering what’s been up with you. These are all signs that your emotional balance is way off. Exercise, meditation, and therapy are all fair game now. As a result of the fatigue, you need to find something to balance those emotions.
Especially relevant to all of this, is your well being. It may take some time to figure things out, but the point is to slow down. Find ways to make your life complete without wearing yourself out. Watch those who seem to have it all “figured out” and ask them what they do.