We all know what being physically exhausted feels like. You’re tired down to your bones and feel like you could sleep for days. You’ve spent the entire day doing yardwork. You’ve painted three rooms of your house. You’ve walked for miles and miles through an amusement park with your five equally exhausted, sometimes whiney children. Physical exhaustion can be remedied with rest and relaxation.
But what can you do if you’re mentally exhausted?
It can lead to other mental and physical health issues and it’s important to recognize when you’re on the verge of it. I’ve had moments where it felt like my brain couldn’t hold even one more piece of information, that’s when I knew I had to make changes or I would end up mentally exhausted.
There are other signs you’re either there or almost there …
you don’t want to be around people
you don’t look forward to anything
you constantly fear that something bad will happen
you don’t really care what happens
you have a pessimistic attitude
you’re not motivated to get even simple things done
you can’t concentrate
you always feel like you’re in a “bad mood”
you feel anxious even in familiar settings
I can tell when I’m on the verge of being mentally exhausted and have created a game plan of things I need to change in my life when it happens. For the next few weeks, we’ll work on those things together so you can either bring yourself out of mental exhaustion now or recognize it when it happens and change your habits and behaviors in the future.
For starters, really take a look at the list of behavioral and mental symptoms of mental exhaustion above and spend the next few days monitoring yourself for those behaviors. If you think they apply to you, start eliminating the things in your life that are absolutely not necessary so your mind and soul can start getting a little break.
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