We’ve all been mentally exhausted or tired, burned out, or brain fried, whatever the case might be. It seems to sneak up on you at moments of tension or intensive thinking. You’re probably pretty good at detecting mental exhaustion. It’s possible that your muscles are drained, your eyes are drooping, and your energy levels are down. When you’re mentally exhausted, it’s more difficult to recognize.
Signs for mentally fatigue are shown below:
- feeling overwhelmed or run down
- feeling out of touch with your feelings and emotions
- lacking enthusiasm for things that typically bring you joy
- changes in appetite
- sleep problems, including disrupted sleep or fatigue
You might also experience other changes in mood or emotions. Cynicism, apathy, lack of motivation, and trouble focusing can all be signs of an overworked brain.
How to Overcome
Your mind and body do not live in isolation from one another. There’s a lot to be understood about the mind-body bond, but here’s one thing to remember: what’s good for one is always good for the other.
1. Eat well
Regardless of whether you’re dealing with mental or physical fatigue, exhaustion could make you turn to comforting or soothing foods, especially those that are quick and easy.
Depending on your preferences, these foods may have a lot of sugar, or empty calories. There’s nothing wrong with having a treat, and any kind of food is better than no food. But for an added cognitive boost, try to make sure you’re getting helpful nutrients.
Try include these food:
- high-fiber foods like oatmeal, beans, and nuts
- protein-rich foods like yogurt, lean meats, eggs, and fatty fish
- whole fruits and vegetables, especially blueberries, broccoli, and oranges
- whole grains
2. Don’t skimp on sleep
When you’re under a lot of stress, sleep can take a back seat to everything else. When you have a lot on your plate, your body needs more sleep than normal. Cutting sleep may seem to be a smart way to get more work done, but it’s more likely that you’ll become tired and take longer to complete tasks. The amount of sleep required by each person varies, but strive for at least 8 hours.
A swift refresh will also help a tired brain. Take a break from your desk to get outside if you can if your ability to focus has been harmed by work or training. In general, the more workout you do, the better. Attempt to devote at least 2.5 hours a week to moderate exercise, but try to do better if possible.
Any exercise, though, may be beneficial. And if you can only handle a 15-minute stroll over your lunch break, you can prosper from giving your brain a break, enhancing mental focus, and potentially reducing tension.
4. Be Physically Romantic
Sex and other forms of sexual interaction may have many advantages. It will help you cope with pressures, change your mood, and sleep well. Connecting deeply with a romantic partner can also serve as a reminder that you’re not alone, which can help relieve the stress of any emotionally challenging situations you’re facing.
Physical affection doesn’t always need to involve sex, though. A hug from a friend or family member or a cuddle session with your pet can still give you a mental boost.
5. Ask For Help (Last Resort)
Contact a coworker, a neighbor, a family member, or a companion to see how they can assist you. Keep in mind that they aren’t obligated to assist you with whatever task you’re attempting. Having someone pick up your food, make a phone call, or just listen to you vent will help.