xhaustion is a state of extreme physical or mental tiredness. We are exhausted and we don’t know why. Often behind this unexplained tiredness that steals our spirits and our will lies the mental fatigue as well as the emotional exhaustion of those who accumulate too much worry, task, and pressure, and have been careless of themselves. “we are exhausted, tired as if we’ve run a marathon, we’ve done a lot of work as if all the weight in the world has fallen.” This phrase is spoken by a large number of people every day.
Because the unexplained tiredness that often dominates us is not,in most cases,due to physical exertion.Behind these realities lies mainly mental fatigue.
One thing that is undoubtedly as striking as it is evident is the close relationship between our body and our mind.There are times when nothing is as pleasurable as getting home after playing sports,offices, jobs after finishing our workday satisfied with all we have done.This kind of tiredness, in which the mind feels good, does not hurt, does not weigh, nor does it exhaust us.The body recovers quickly and we feel an inner harmony.
When we are exhausted, we usually know the reason behind this exhaustion.Facts such as having done a lot of effort,meeting a tougher time than usual,having a multi-stop trip, work, etc., are all factors that explain exhaustion.
Therefore, no one has difficulty identifying why this physical fatigue leaves us without strength and resources.However, there are times when we get stuck in a kind of physical and even mental malaise whose cause is not always so clear. The origin of this reality is almost always found in mental fatigue.
What is mental fatigue?
Mental fatigue is not always the result of these things that went wrong.It is not always about everyday problems, disappointments, or adversity. In the case of tiredness for no apparent reason,the cause is usually the number of things we do and face without even having time to rest or even think about them as we should.An example.Many of us get up in the morning with the autopilot on we have breakfast, (Tea in Kashmir or rice ”Batth”), we go to work, offices, schools,we come back. All these tasks are performed almost inertia.We do one thing after another without resting,without reflecting on them properly. We leave no room for reflection or relaxation, and all this comes at a price.
What factors cause mental fatigue?
Mental fatigue does not appear overnight. It is, in fact, the cumulative result of several factors.They are
Over commitment:- We are committed to doing more than we can actually do.The “I have to”. If we think about it, it is common in our mind that the sentences that start with “I have to do this, I have to give that over..”have a lot of power. These mental obligations leave us in states of great mental exhaustion.
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Perfectionism:-This is another dimension that somehow complements the ‘have to’. Everything we do must be done perfectly, quickly, and effectively. Something that undoubtedly leads not only to tiredness but also to frustration.
Lack of rest:- That is the most decisive factor of all. Lack of rest, lack of moments to relax, and even not being able to sleep well at night can make us wonder, “How exhausted are I if I just got out of bed (Bisstar).
Strategies for coping with mental exhaustion.
However, one thing we should avoid is complaining about our state to others
because in that case, we end up transmitting our discouragement to others.Certainly, they are also dealing with their inner realities.Somehow there is always a reason behind tiredness, and we must investigate it to make changes.Inertia and complaint will only make this uncomfortable state chronic.So let’s see what strategies we should apply daily.We should establish resting times throughout the day. It is also necessary to set aside a minimum of two hours for ourselves. We can devote this time to thinking,relaxing, keeping our hobbies up to date.Knowing how to differentiate what is important and what is secondary is another basic factor. Commit to selfcare. You deserve to take care of yourself, pamper yourself, allow yourself. You need to take care of your body and mind. Identify your mental patterns of self sabotage. Phrases like “I have to do it or I won’t do it”, “I have to do it as soon as possible”,”others expect me ” are dimensions that erode our self-esteem and our well-being. Identify the cause of your mental distress and work on it consistently and try to get rid of that as sooner as you can.
To conclude, another appropriate and effective strategy is undoubtedly meditation “Exercises”. If we get used to dedicating approximately 20 minutes every day to this practice, we will notice benefits over the weeks. Therefore, we must take into account the importance of knowing and working through this mental and emotional exhaustion that can sometimes completely alter our quality of life. Let us not leave tomorrow the uneasiness we feel today.
Author is regular columnist of Good Morning Kashmir. He can be contacted at email@example.com