Mental Exhaustion: Symptoms

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A Quick Checklist for Symptoms of Mental Exhaustion

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Mental exhaustion isn’tCONTACT just about stress. Because it can affect physical wellbeing, mental stress can cause feelings of physical exhaustion.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL EXHAUSTION?

Low emotional resilience

Feeling stressed or anxious

Cynicism or pessimism, feeling like nothing is going right

Apathy (a feeling of not caring)

Difficulty concentrating

Feelings of helplessness

Physical exhaustion or fatigue

Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)

Feelings of being overwhelmed

Low motivation

Feeling distracted or on edge

Difficulty with memory

Headaches

Drastic weight gain/loss

Changes in appetite

Depression/depressive symptoms

Suicidal ideation

Irritability

If you answered yes to more than 6 items on our checklist and if you’ve been noticing ANY of the symptoms for a prolonged period, it is possible that you’re feeling mental strain. To help eliminate some of the mental exhaustion you’re feeling, here are a few tips from our wellbeing expert, Craig Fearn:

 Reduce the stressors in your life

If you’re overwhelmed with your tasks at work, consider asking for help or delegating to others, if possible.

Write it down

Writing can be extremely therapeutic and keeping a journal during stressful times can help alleviate feelings of stress and overwhelm. People who record gratitude exercises may have a higher sense of wellbeing, fewer symptoms of physical illness and reduced stress. In fact, we may feel more satisfied in our relationships if we keep journals.

Exercise

There are many ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily activities, such as taking an extra walk up and down the stairs, waking up early to go for a walk/run or even signing up to an online exercise class.

Sleep hygiene

Feeling rested from sufficient sleep is essential for your optimum mental wellbeing. Developing a bedtime routine and sticking to it – the same routine at the same time very day – can be particularly helpful if sleep has become very disordered or if you are feeling overtired. Make a point of switching off all digital devices at least an hour before you begin your routine and consider introducing a new activity to your evening wind-down time, such as reading, a craft activity or puzzle.

Book time with a doctor and/or therapist.

Mental exhaustion can be incredibly difficult to cope with. But seeking medical treatment will enable a swifter recovery but you may also want to rule out a physical cause of extreme tiredness. A wellbeing mentor can provide you with the tools you need to cope with stressors that crop up in your daily life and a doctor can talk to you about your symptoms and medications that may be helpful, especially if you’re feeling extreme emotions.

Seeking medical assistance for mental exhaustion is common. And many therapists work alongside patients to help develop healthy coping mechanisms. It’s also common for doctors to assist with treatments such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications where they are needed. If you are feeling exhausted mentally and if you are feeling more anxious or your mood is persistently low, please seek medical advice. This blog’s purpose is a discussion point and is no substitute for treatment that will help you better manage your feelings of exhaustion or overwhelm.

Craig is open to Discovery Calls if you’d like to know more about the work Business Mental Wellbeing does to help people-focussed organisations better support their staff. Drop us a DAM on social media or use the form on this page to book your time here.

Suicide Awareness

Some Words About Suicide Awareness Week

I was not expecting to post about suicide this week, even though the trending topic is a subject so close to Business Mental Wellbeing. Today is an awareness day, a challenging topic to discuss regardless of where you are on the personal spectrum of understanding. If you have read any news with TikTok in the headlines this week, you will not have escaped considerable discussion about suicide and suicide support, so I had planned to stay silent. But I have realised as the week goes on that silence solves nothing. And it isn’t for me to say if discussion should, or shouldn’t, happen. More that we should consider the words we use and the place we choose to have these conversations when we talk about suicide.

I’m thinking about every post that has been shared across every social channel. And how every story that was read online or every news item that popped into a browser could be deeply triggering for anyone who has attempted to take their own life. Or for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide.

Conversations about mental wellbeing are not easy; reaching out sensitively is not as hard as it seems. But we know that it doesn’t happen often enough. For every conversation we have, there are many more that need to happen. And if you know that refrain of ‘If only…’ in this context, then this will have been extremely difficult. And Thursday, nominated as World Suicide Prevention Day, will have been really tough.

Every year, I question the validity of making my own posts about this topic during this day of awareness. And because my team and I have our own experiences of suicide I know this is a raw subject to tackle and any post is hard to write. But should the fact that it is hard and that it might be triggering for some stop me from posting?

This week may have been difficult for colleagues or for friends within your network. And some of whom, like me, may have chosen to stay silent. Our relationship with mental health and wellbeing is honed on personal reference and experience. It makes us better practitioners if we have navigated troubled waters ourselves. And the insights that come from personal experience are something that even the best training cannot guarantee.

We need to be aware – but we really need to have the conversations, too.