Mental Fatigue commonly known as tiredness isn’t just feeling tired and it doesn’t have to derive from a problem or things going wrong. Often is just the result of “too much”. Too many decisions to make, too much work, too much interruptions, too much demands, too much shifts in attention. All in all, too much going on without time to stop and restore energy.
Mental fatigue tends to reveal itself when the volume of tasks, to-dos, and activities surpass our capabilities to comfortably handle what is demanded of us and the stress it generates. Good or bad stress alike.
Even someone that feels well is satisfied with life and has a healthy diet can be overwhelmed by too much going on and then, like Polly Campbell says, “It becomes harder to make healthy decisions, stay focused on tasks, and remain calm. It can also become difficult to regulate our emotions. Over time, mental exhaustion can lead to full-blown burnout, physical issues, and stress-related illness”.
Some times mental fatigue can reveal itself by symptoms as physical fatigue, when your body feels tired and you just want to curl up on the bed; Impatience and irritability that makes you snap at the drop of a hat; inability to concentrate or focus that leaves you searching for words, unable to make a decision or do a task at a time.
If you feel these symptoms chances are you have some degree of fatigue.
Some suggestions to cope are:
Eat better, increase the B vitamins in your diet. We need 8 different B vitamins and several different minerals. Nicola Zanetti says that “Put basically, your brain WANTS B vitamins to function properly and if you do not feed your brain with the right nutrients brain fog and mental exhaustion will soon follow.”
Make fewer decisions, create some routines where you eliminate decisions such as what to have for breakfast, what coffee to choose, where do you leave your keys. These, among other, small things will reduce the mental energy needed and leave you more energy for more important decisions.
Start seeing green. Nicola Zanetti refers that “just one minute of looking at grassy rooftops reduced errors and improved concentration among students, according to research from the University of Melbourne. “It’s really important to have micro-breaks,” says Dr. Kate Lee, who led the study. “It’s something that a lot of us do naturally when we’re stressed or mentally fatigued”
Workout – Studies show that only 20 minutes of exercise can boost your concentration and mental focus by increasing blood flow to the brain.
An since we are in the summer, Take time OFF.
Be it a mini-break, a week, a fortnight or a whole month. Time off is essential to deal with Mental Fatigue or mental Tiredness. Just have some unplanned time and leave time for your mind to wander off and rest.
Get your bucket list (really short) for the summer ready, strike each item off and leave room for the void. Try to make the list short and to cross out each goal as unrealized summer desires can create a subtle emotional fatigue. And the goal is to reduce fatigue and recharge batteries.