Mental fatigue can be extremely frustrating. On the one hand, you want and need answers on how to solve the problem of being tired. On the other, who has the energy to do so if you feel that tired? So many things can arise from persistent exhaustion. Burnout, depression, and chronic stress can all come about from having a mind that is physically too tired to function properly.
The symptoms of mental exhaustion can be emotional, physical, and behavioral. Wondering if this is describing you? Take the quiz.
How to Fight Fatigue
Understanding whether or not your mental function could be affected by chronic fatigue is really up to a physician in the end. However, if you’d like to try and work it out on your own with some natural methods of feeling better, give these a go.
- Get more sleep: This might seem like a given, but trying consciously to get more rest will likely result in at least some increase of rest.
- Hydrate: Dehydration is often a culprit of feeling tired. Drink enough water to ensure you’re well hydrated.
- Eat nutritiously: Avoid simple sugars that will leave you crashing later. Instead, go for foods that will provide you with energy that your body will disperse over time, such as complex carbs like oats, quinoa, or beans.
- Exercise: Exercising might feel tough at the end of the day when you’re tired, but a rush of endorphins can help to replenish energy as well as help you sleep better. Get motivated, and get moving for more energy.
- Reduce stress: Stress is a common culprit of mental exhaustion. Work to limit and cope with stress.
- Limit electronics: Could your screen time be the problem? Limit your use of technology and reduce the chances of your devices contributing to your fatigue.
If debilitating feelings of exhaustion persist, make sure to speak with a physician about how you’ve been feeling.