mental fatigue

How to overcome mental fatigue

Work from home has led to many working professionals battling mental fatigue. As a result, there has been a spike in the number of people with high stress and anxiety levels. This can further lead to a physical and emotional breakdown. Hence, it’s important to look out for these troubling signs that can help you overcome mental fatigue.

Signs of mental fatigue

Dr Kedar Tilwe, consultant psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital Mulund and Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, underlines the indicators that can point to mental exhaustion.  He shares, “Signs that could indicate the possibility of mental fatigue include a lack of desire and motivation, decreased interest in previously pleasurable activities, sleep disturbances and altered sleep patterns. There is a sense of slowness and lethargy. Often, this can be accompanied with signs of anxiety like panic attacks, worries, which are difficult to control, difficulty to concentrate and apprehension about starting the day or going to work.”

How it can hamper day-to-day activities

Mental exhaustion can lead to a lack of drive, irritability on minimal provocation and temper tantrums. This can adversely affect your mental and emotional well-being along with having an adverse effect on your personal relationships as well. Mental fatigue can also cause daytime drowsiness, which can lead to accidents, circadian cycle disturbances and upset physiological function in your body, leading to a host of lifestyle-related health concerns.

How you can overcome mental fatigue

You can overcome mental fatigue by finding ways to take time out from daily stressors and work. Take a break,  time-off, small furlough or vacation from your routine, if absolutely necessary. Develop a hobby or an interest to help divert your mind from the monotony of your daily routine. Practice digital detox especially from the incessant barrage of negative news. Make time for yourself at a fixed time during the day. Pursue a hobby or simply unwind with a book or catching up with friends. Reach out to your trusted confidant, relative or mental health professional, if necessary.

Prioritise your mental well-being at all times

Despite work stress, you need to prioritise your mental well-being at all times. It’s the only way to keep mental exhaustion at bay.