Mental fatigue can definitely take its toll on a person’s wellbeing. It can actually be worse than physical fatigue because of a person’s inability to think clearly or express their 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, a lack of quality sleep and hormonal imbalances. 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. You’re probably thinking, “How am I going to do that?” Well, it’s easy. 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 spiritual side. 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.
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. What does this mean – anywhere between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of quality sleep per night. After all, the body will have a chance to repair itself and recharge. See: The Difference of Just One Hour of Sleep.
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 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 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. A great reference is Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
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 relieve tension. See article by Fiona Childs, Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Take time alone in which you can do things by yourself.
Take yourself out to a movie, go to a museum, or art gallery, do yoga or simply sit and meditate or relax. In doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of being alone.
Get your hormones checked.
Hormonal imbalances is a top cause of mental fatigue for women ages 30-60, so if you are a woman and fall in this age range, be sure to learn more about your hormones, have them checked and support your hormone health.
Implementing Your Own Strategies
These are just some of the strategies to 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 exercises 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!