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Overcoming mental exhaustion: causes, symptoms, and how to cope

Overcoming mental exhaustion: causes, symptoms, and how to cope

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What is mental exhaustion?

Mental exhaustion is a feeling of extreme tiredness, characterized by other feelings including apathy, cynicism, and irritability. You may be mentally exhausted if you’ve recently undergone long-term stress, find it hard to focus on tasks or lack interest in activities you usuall...

  • Chronic stress: It keeps your brain — and body — on high alert all the time. Over time, this begins to wear away at your well-being.
  • Uncertainty
  • Work stress: Left unchecked, workplace stress can even evolve into burnout. 

The symptoms of mental exhaustion

  • Emotional symptoms: Feeling a lack of interest in normal activities, a lack of motivation at work and in your personal life, a sense of languishing or lack of purpose in life, moodiness and irritability, cynicism, doubt, and pessimism, constantly feeling overwhelmed or stres...

  1. Eliminate the stressor
  2. Work-life balance
  3. Clear your space
  4. Schedule (and take) regular breaks
  5. Get outside
  6. Do something new
  7. Reduce screen time
  8. Find positive ways to distract yourself
  9. Take care of yourself 
  10. Focus on what yo...

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