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7 symptoms + 9 tips to fight the problem

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By Isla Ramos

On August 17, 21

Due to the hectic routine and the accumulation of functions, mental fatigue is recurrent. A panorama that was aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as anxiety and depression, but which, for a long time, has taken the sleep of many women. In order for you to know how to deal with this scenario, the Clinical and Hospital Psychologist at HCSG Marli Cunha (CRP 06.46537-3) provided important information and tips. Follow up!

what is mental fatigue

According to psychologist Marli, mental fatigue is an exhaustion that results from the accumulation of functions: “it is a type of exhaustion and mental fatigue that we can understand as if the brain were overloaded in its functions, such as concentration, memory and absorption of facts, retention of information, in general with these and other compromised functions”.

The psychologist pointed out that this problem can indeed be considered a pathology, depending on the level of symptoms. “Mental tiredness can be identified as a pathology if it is at a high level of symptoms. In fact, we observe every day an increase in cases of diagnoses of this mental fatigue, high levels of stress and mental disorders, new pathologies being classified as, for example, Burnout Syndrome, at the height of mental fatigue”, he explains.

What are the symptoms of mental fatigue

According to Marli, the symptoms of mental fatigue can come at different levels, with changes from person to person. The psychologist listed the most common. See below!

  • Insomnia: it is when restorative sleep is lacking, and the person does not seem to switch off, as the psychologist points out: “it has been a very present symptom even for those who are exhausted, as it is a tiredness in which the mind does not seem to switch off, it would be as if, even in exhaustion, something prevents rest or repair. It means that the person cannot sleep and, if he sleeps, he does not have restful sleep”.
  • Low profit: “When the pace or performance of tasks is impaired or compromised, lacking in courage and unable to carry out activities, they have difficulty performing some simple tasks in the same way, everything is sort of automated”, explains Marli.
  • Weak memory: one of the symptoms can be forgetting about simple everyday tasks or difficulty remembering something important.
  • Negativity: according to the psychologist, it is when there is a loss of notion of the good side of things, and the person gives more space to anxieties and sadness.
  • Headaches: when this problem becomes frequent, it is time to seek help, as Marli clarifies: “precisely at that time medications are used and most of the time, on their own and after a while, they find that these pains have exceeded normal and they seek or should look for a specialist doctor, a neurologist to check, as well as a psychiatrist and psychologist”.
  • Low immunity: mental fatigue can trigger illness or worsening of some condition. “If there is any comorbid disease, an asthmatic, for example, at this stage of fatigue, could have more asthma attacks or become more ill. As well as other diseases and complications arising from low immunity”, he points out.
  • Lack of motivation and sadness: moment when the person’s level of sensitivity increases, feeling unmotivated about almost everything: “the level of sensitivity makes this person more susceptible and everything can reach or touch them, they can easily cry for simple things and this shaken state brings guilt for not doing and not succeeding. In this cycle, it is increasingly difficult to interrupt this process, precisely where the person falls ill (physically and mentally)”, concludes Marli.

All these symptoms, as they become more and more present, must be monitored by a professional to verify the cause and the best treatment indications. Next, stay on top of the main causes of mental fatigue!

What are the causes of mental fatigue

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Just as the symptoms can be diverse, so can the causes of mental fatigue. The origin may be related to physiological changes, some illness, stress or side effect. In addition, the psychologist listed other factors that influence mental fatigue. “Everything can contribute to mental fatigue: a sedentary life, an unbalanced diet, overwork, few hours of sleep or irregular sleep and the accumulation of these inadequate conditions. Situations that can trigger mental fatigue at a level that makes functions impossible”, he reports.

9 tips to fight mental fatigue

Marli explains that, in general, a good tip is to break the cycle that is causing mental fatigue and fill it with new behaviors. See below for more tips to get rid of this negative charge!

1. Invest in something new to relax

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This varies a lot depending on personal tastes, but it’s worth pursuing physical activity, relaxation or breathing exercises.

2. Take care of the physical body

Marli calls attention to taking care of immunity and the physical body: drinking plenty of water, in addition to eating properly.

3. Reconnect with friends and family

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Who doesn’t like to be surrounded by the people they love? Allow yourself to enjoy the moments with these people!

4. Avoid toxic relationships

Don’t continue on something that carries a negative charge, affecting your mood and personal relationships. Look for different environments to get out of the cycle or this scenario.

5. Take a vacation and travel

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If you can, taking a vacation and traveling is great for connecting with new places, new people, new tastes and entertaining yourself with time off.

6. Seek guided meditation exercise

Does your routine not allow for a trip or are your vacations too far away? Include the guided meditation exercise in your daily life. Take the opportunity and write down this tip from the psychologist: “Seek guided meditation exercises, visualize places you would like to be and try mental techniques. Nowadays, we find on social networks some tools that can be a start”.

7. Try not to exceed working hours

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If you are not in a home office, avoid not taking work home and resolve situations in the work environment, so as not to generate anxiety or accumulation. Now, if you work from home, make sure you don’t work overtime and don’t get overwhelmed.

8. Make an assessment of your physical and mental health

Having someone to help with the process is critical, especially depending on the symptoms. Seek help from a professional to assess your physical and mental health.

9. Define your purposes

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Defining your purposes is having something to believe and to lean on. In the words of the psychologist “above all, look for meaning and something that makes you happy!”

Start by investing in a connection with yourself through practices such as meditation. A way to connect with the present, empty spaces and create new mental paths!

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