Imagine for a minute you are this person...... You feel overwhelmed, exhausted. Anxious for all the wrong reasons. Tearful. Your brain feels fuzzy. You’re giving too much of yourself, and no longer living for you. You have a great job, great family, great everything, except you are extremely busy at work.
Why this is happening to you?
These feelings occur because you care. But are you too caring? You don’t know what the feeling is, but something has not been right for a long time. Your doctor may not regard the symptoms mentioned above as diagnosable of a particular condition, however you know they are real because you feel them - You may be suffering from mental fatigue.
The most easily identifiable signs of mental fatigue
Mental fatigue decreases the sufferers’ work or study efficiency in daily life. It occurs when the brain is overstimulated, suffering from chronic mental stress, often most easily recognised through a lack of sleep.
If you are mentally stressed, you may find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Healthy sleep is crucial for physical and mental health; It is so crucial, that if you went without sleep for as long as you had to go without food, you would survive longer without food than without sleep!
Additional Signs of mental fatigue to be on the lookout for:
- Feeling numb and detached from the world
- A change in your eating behaviours
- Increased physical aches and pains
- Confused with information overload, making it difficult to process new information
- Feeling unmotivated
How to manage mental fatigue
Take a step to talk about changing - Making an appointment with a counsellor through your EAP service is a great way to do this.
Decrease procrastination - This may be regarded as an obstacle to recovery.
Manage your activity - Gradually increase your activity levels and decreased avoidance behaviours.
Depression and anxiety - If there is evidence of depression speak to your doctor or EAP provider.
Managing occupational and social stresses - Many people are unable to find a way to put the brakes on stress. Consider a problem-solving approach to assess the cause of your stress. Be decisive to make a change.
Get connected - Increase time to connect with yourself, that what you love and loved ones.