How To Alleviate Mental Exhaustion

Have you ever felt mentally exhausted? Sometimes we don’t know where to turn or what to do. We take a nap and hope for the best.

What can you do when you’re headed towards burnout? Here are some solutions to help you.

  • Changing working conditions: When a job causes a person to feel fatigued, making a change in their work life may improve things. For example, a person might need more time off, a reduction in their workload, or more support from colleagues.
  • Medical disability leave: Many people don’t know this may be an option at their workplace. A good source to find out would be your HR or supervisor. You can also click here to read an article on how to take time off of work.
  • Practicing good self-care: Exercising, eating a healthful diet, getting plenty of sleep, and staying hydrated can all help improve a persons resilience. This may ease symptoms of mental exhaustion or prevent its onset.
  • Trying mindfulness: Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, help a person become more aware of their emotions. This can make it easier to manage burnout, fatigue, or depression.
  • Making medication changes: Some people find that certain drugs, including some antidepressants, cause them to feel fatigued. People should consult a doctor about whether or not a different drug might be more beneficial.
  • Seeking therapy: Seeking mental health support, such as seeing a therapist, can help a person better deal with stress. A therapist can also recommend positive lifestyle changes that may reduce the impact of stress.
  • Seeking mental healthcare: People with mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression need treatment. It is not possible for them to “think” themselves out of the condition, and delaying treatment may actually increase exhausted.

You’re not on this boat alone. Experts predict mental health issues will continue to rise – especially with the stress of the pandemic we’re currently in. A sense of stress that can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, the effects of which are not limited just to work hours. Burnout can follow you at home and interfere in other areas of your life. Long-lasting burnout can affect your mental health and cause anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.  

First, and foremost, mental health needs to be taken serious and dealt with to be able to be a good employee. Don’t let outside opinions decide if time off of work or taking medications is right for you. That’s something that only someone who is going through mental exhaustion can decide.

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