“Mental fatigue is a condition characterized by excessive mental tiredness.”

This condition can lead to serious problems including reduced productivity, poor performance at work and impairment of physical functioning. Learning to recognize the symptoms of fatigue can help avoiding unnecessary complications. Therefore, it is fundamental to anticipate it with preventive actions.

This mental status can manifest differently for each person. For instance, difficulty focusing and problem solving, anxiety, irritability with co-workers and loss of passion for work are potential symptoms.Other symptoms include insomnia and confusion as well as frustration triggered by problem-solving tasks such as simple math.

According to a study lead by the Portuguese Consumer Protection Association (DECO), the professionals most at risk of developing mental exhaustion are those employed in stores and supermarkets (43%), health professionals (non-doctors, 39%) and those who work in administrative services (37%) or in professions linked to education (28%). Three out of ten workers reported being emotionally tired of work more than once a week, and 35% reported feeling exhausted with the same frequency.

These results reinforce this as a growing problem in todays society as well as the need to take action.
However, it is important to point out that there are ways to prevent from affecting your professional and personal life.

We suggest four main ideas to overcome this mental condition:

  1. To practice physical exercise-The importance of physical exercise is already something consensual, however many individuals still do not understand its real effect and relevance in physical and mental health. Physical exercise may have a relaxing effect similar to antidepressives.
  2. Healthy Eating- A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits is common ground for general well-being, having a direct influence on your tiredness. This type of diet helps your body collecting all the nutrients and vitamins necessary for its balance;
  3. Sleep Routine- Creating a sleep routine is critical to your health is essential to avoid feeling tired. A sleep routine involves an average rest period of 7 to 8 hours. As well as regular sleeping and wake-up times (weekends included);
  4. Monitoring of fatigue levels - Monitoring your fatigue levels is another of the measures that must be taken to avoid the state of mental fatigue. The monitoring can be done, for example, through applications for this purpose, which measure, control and alert in real time the need to take breaks.
    Performetric application is an example. Can be useful to monitor tasks, giving the user an ability to access real-time information about their tiredness levels, notifying you with recommendations that help improving performance and mental health. Monitoring is done through typing speed, keystroke duration and typing errors in a non-invasive manner. Other advantage is the user’s privacy is 100% protected. The Performetric does not accumulate private user data and privacy is not invaded.
    Keep in mind: Organizations flourish when the people who work in them flourish. Happy people are synonymous with productive people.