Avoiding Brain Strain

Combating Mental Exhaustion

Mental exhaustion can creep up on us, and because unlike physical fatigue it cannot be seen or felt so easily we tend to dismiss it. However mental fatigue can definitely take its toll on your well-being. It can actually be worse than physical fatigue because it will affect your ability to think clearly or express your feelings and frustrations. Prolonged mental stress may well lead to physical tiredness and illness, too!

Mental tiredness may come about as 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 severe depression. Therefore there are plenty of reasons to implement strategies to avoid or overcome mental strain and exhaustion.

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 when I can’t stop thinking about things or worrying about decisions I have to make”?.

Here are some suggestions to help you.

• 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 people 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. Remember the saying ‘I’ll sleep on it’. Things always appear differently when you’ve switched off from them for a few hours. 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.

• Shift your focus and free your mind from the problems going around in your mind. 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. Just find something different to shift your focus to.

• 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 by blowing out through your mouth. You’ll notice that this will relieve tension. Sometimes it can help if you imagine that you are blowing all your stress and thoughts into a balloon, which you can then release

• Take a day in which you can do things by yourself. Take yourself out to the cinema, or 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 to combat mental fatigue. You may have your own 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!

It is easy to forget these strategies when all is going well. But make time for them on a regular basis and you won’t find yourself in a state of mental exhaustion.

Don’t forget prevention is better than cure.