Sometimes life could knock you off your feet and make you lose the balance you might have created between work and play. It’s easy to forget to take time off especially when you love what you do but your love for your job doesn’t exempt you from the mental stress that sets in over time.
When you begin to feel drained physically or feel a general lack of energy and you no longer find yourself in your creative space; it may be a signal that you need to take some time off to be refreshed.
Other signs of mental exhaustion may include insomnia, impaired concentration or shorter attention rates. Yours might be anxiety or maybe a loss of appetite in even your favourite meals. Whatever the case may be, mental exhaustion needs to be tackled at its earliest stages and this is how to go about it;
Drop the figures you’ve been calculating and step out of your work area. You may feel you don’t need to change your environment because you could just have a good laugh with your colleagues then get back to work but that may not be the best idea. Handling mental exhaustion properly requires you to get away from whatever it is that may be stressing your brain, so no! A work-related joke won’t do the magic.
Instead get a new comedy with great reviews or revisit your favourite childhood series and relive those days when life was all play. That should take the edge off.
Eat light and drink lots of water
Heavy foods especially at night have negative effects on your body such as indigestion and bloating as well as increased weight and reduced metabolism. This usually triggers lethargy in your body making you feel lazy and sluggish all through the next day.
Now you know why a bright new day always feels gloomy to you and even when no one puts pressure on you, you always feel frustrated. Why don’t you lay off heavy meals for a while; your health is essential to your mental performance.
Always have a bath
Handling mental exhaustion does not just stop at giving the brain a timeout; it also involves taking better care of the rest of your body. Most times you get home so tired that you have no time to have a bath to wash off the sweat and accumulated dirt on your skin, so you wake up the next morning feeling more worn-out than you were the previous night.
Having a bath doesn’t only help you score a good night sleep but also help remove the scales on your skin making you less prone to infection.
That’s not all, a bath helps soothes stifling passages in your nose which helps in warding off a cold and relieves body pains by releasing endorphins to your brain.
Get some air
Take a stroll or jog slowly not for a very long distance and try to think less about your tasks. In other words, get a sweet distraction. You could call a loved one, someone who helps you relax and encourages you.
You don’t have to go out with friends that would require some effort and money, just get your drinks, a favourite take-out or you could cook if making your meals helps you relax, and chill at home. Slip into some free clothes, hop on your couch and have some real relaxation time.
After you’ve had some rest, get a head start on your unfinished tasks. Doing what you are supposed to do takes away the anxiety and puts you in a more relaxed mode.