Life is beautiful but pretty damn difficult. And what’s even more disappointing is that sometimes we aren’t capable of noticing the burden of our existence before it’s too late.
We get so caught up trying to make a decent living that we forget to take care of our mental health – the one thing that keeps us conscious and sane.
The thing is – all of us are in a constant race with time and energy. We work hard, we train hard, we go out, we have kids, we laugh, we fight, we cry, and we’re constantly exhausted from the world around us.
However, there comes a point in life where all of those experiences that have been accumulating inside yourself through the years break out.
And, suddenly the energy you once had is gone. All that you are left with is a complex state of chronic stress and a daunting sensation of burning out.
So, if you’ve felt that you have no strength to keep moving on and you are in a never-ending cycle of exhaustion, you might be experiencing the effects of mental fatigue.
Here are 8 signs that you are burning out and you need a time out from life:
1. THERE’S TOO MUCH GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE
Are you feeling like you’re going out of your mind lately?
Don’t worry. You are not the only one. However, this is probably a sign from your body that you are overwhelmed by your sensors.
Considering that we live in a noisy, crowded, fast-paced world, it is no wonder our brains get so scrambled every now and then.
Try shutting off everything that messes with your attention in order to focus more on yourself.
2. YOU HAVE NO TIME FOR YOURSELF
If you’ve felt that you’re constantly running around in a circle and you miss catching up with yourself, then it is time to stop and think for a second.
Time is valuable. Make sure to waste it on something that is worthy and beneficial for your wellbeing. Put yourself first on your priority list.
3. YOU ARE OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTIONS
Depression or signs of anxiety can also be signals that you are experiencing mental fatigue. You may feel hopeless, sad or convinced that things just don’t go your way.
But, in reality, this is a very common condition whenever your mental energy levels are down.
4. YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A COMPLETE MENTAL BLOCKADE
A mental block or as I like to call it “a brain sabotage” is a state in which a person cannot continue to think and react consciously due to a mental exhaustion.
This is something that has happened to every one of us. However, it is very important to understand that, once you experience this sensation, you can’t force it.
You have to stop thinking and functioning until your brain recovers and recharges on its own.
Researchers in the Journal of Psychology studying mental fatigue discovered that mental blocking is just a defensive mechanism that prevents us from continuous working regardless of our exhaustion.
5. YOUR MEMORY STARTS TO FADE AWAY
Another sign that you’ve been emotionally drained and mentally exhausted is the inability to remember little important little things.
Forgetfulness can be a by-product of your slow-functioning brain combined with a flood of information.
If you’ve felt this, it is evident you need some time-out. Try to avoid anything that might be a potential trigger to a total burnout.
6. THE EXHAUSTING SENSATION AFFECTS YOUR PHYSICAL BODY
Headaches, sudden changes in your appetite, trouble falling asleep, diarrhea are just some of the side effects of being mentally exhausted.
However, if you are experiencing these conditions, it’s best if you consult a doctor first.
7. YOU ARE BECOMING TOO NERVOUS AND FRUSTRATED TO SOCIALIZE
If you feel that you are too tired to socialize and answer everything people tend to ask you, you need to just stop. You can’t continue living by constantly making people happy.
Try to search for this issue within yourself. Mental fatigue is something that requires a lot of time and energy dedicated to yourself.
8. YOU EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN CHANGE IN YOUR APPETITE
Another thing that can be affected by mental fatigue is your appetite. Depending on your organism and your state of mind, these changes can manifest in a lack of appetite or an overeating habit.
Constant junk food choices are extremely unhealthy and may suggest that your brain needs comfort food for handling the stress your body feels.
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