Riding on that crazy rollercoaster called life can be really tiring at times. Mental exhaustion, or as some may call it ‘burnout’, is similar to physical tiredness, except it is your mind instead of your muscles. It tends to show up when you focus on a mentally tough task for a prolonged period.
If you experience any of these signs, it is possible you are going through a rough patch in life!
It may start off gradually as you begin losing interest in work, then slowly progress until nothing excites you anymore. As a result, you may feel detached and unmotivated from reality, leading to frustration and helplessness.
There is a significant probability you are suffering from mental exhaustion if you are experiencing nausea and dizziness. These things happen because you are too stressed out that your body cannot take it anymore.
Insomnia is one of the major signs of mental exhaustion. The overwhelming feeling of tiredness makes it tougher for you to calm your racing thoughts and fall asleep. Changes in sleep patterns cause restlessness during the day which can negatively impact your productivity and efficiency.
Mental exhaustion can put you in a bad mood. You are getting easily affected by the smallest of things and may be short-tempered or irritated, snapping at people more often. You may find negativity all around you. When you are mentally drained, it is more difficult to keep your emotions under control.
Stress & anxiety
Increased stress and anxiety levels are a result of over-exhaustion. High levels of anxiety over a long period of time can cause serious issues as well, for example, you will be more likely to experience panic attacks and suffer from diarrhea, nausea jitters and nervousness.
Changes in eating habits
Mental exhaustion can affect your eating habits in different ways. You might consume more snacks more than usual and not pay attention to what you eat. Stress can also make you crave sugary, salty or fatty foods. Or you might have no appetite at all and not even feeling hungry.