How to Combat Mental Fatigue
Mental fatigue can definitely take its toll on our well-being. It can actually be worse than physical fatigue because of the inability to think clearly or express our feelings and frustrations. Worse still, mental stress is known to cause physical fatigue and illness, too!
Mental fatigue or exhaustion may be a result of your work, family life, conflict, or even a lack of quality sleep. If you have to make an important decision, mental stress can take its toll on you and can even lead to depression. This is all the more reason to avoid the consequences and implement strategies to overcome mental fatigue.
How to Relax your Mind and Boost your Energy
Relaxation is absolutely necessary to relieve mental stress and rejuvenate your body and mind. As a busy mom you’re probably thinking, “How am I ever going to do that?” Well, it can be pretty simple. Here are some tips to help you reduce mental exhaustion and start implementing a relaxation routine:
- Take time out for yourself. Spend time in a quiet room where you can reflect and get in touch with your thoughts. Everyone has a different way of self-reflection. Some pray or meditate, others write in a journal or diary, while others simply allow their thoughts to gently release into the darkness and quietness of the room. Even 10 minutes can make a big difference.
Get plenty of sleep. Mental fatigue can exist no matter how much sleep you get, but sleep does help refresh your body and mind. Getting adequate sleep will eliminate a lot of your day-to-day stress. After all, the body will have a chance to repair itself and recharge.
- Free your mind from the problems that swirl around you. Take your mind off of those things that are causing you stress by working on a puzzle, reading a novel or spending time with friends and family. Or perhaps you need to go out for a nice dinner or weekend getaway to free your mind.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, which are known to make you feel happy. It’s like the body’s natural “high.” Even if all you can do is take a 15-minute walk, take it. That can be great alone time for you.
- Try breathing exercises. When things get rough, take deep breaths in through your nose, hold it for 10 seconds, then release. You’ll notice that this will help to relieve tension.
- Take a day in which you can do things by yourself. When possible, take a couple of hours (or even a day if you can manage it) for YOU. Take yourself out to a movie, go to a museum or art gallery, or do something you’ve always wanted to do but never made time for. In doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of being alone.
Implementing Your Own Strategies
These are just some of the strategies that can combat mental fatigue. You may have some other methods that help you relax and find peace in your life. Once you begin integrating these simple practices into your day, you will begin to feel the weight lifted of your shoulders and before you know it, you’ll feel like a brand new person.
In a world with so many things to do, kids to manage and pandemics to worry about—just kidding, thank god there’s only one of those right now—let’s find one thing to count on that will help you focus on yourself when things are tough.
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