Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel and act. Scroll down to find out more.
About 5.5 percent of American adults experienced a serious mental illness in 2021, representing about 14.1 million people, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine statistics. About 1 in 25 American adults lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. The month of May is dedicated to mental health awareness and tends to increase education and awareness about mental health, which is still seen as taboo.
Do you usually feel extremely tired and exhausted after an intense training session? Healthline states that mental exhaustion, simply put, is when your brain gets too much stimulation or you have to maintain an intense level of activity without a break. Also known as “mental fatigue,” people experience mental exhaustion typically after long hours of studying without rest or rest, spending a lot of time dealing with overwhelming responsibilities, and living with mental health symptoms or stress.
Signs to watch out for mental exhaustion
According to Healthline, signs of mental exhaustion often start to appear gradually, but you may notice that they seem to appear more quickly during times of extreme stress when your brain is working harder than normal.
1. Struggling to keep commitments
The most common sign of mental exhaustion is that you find zero motivation for any task, even ones you enjoyed doing. You experience the inability to do anything and struggle to find the motivation you need to get started.
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2. Never being on time
Another significant sign that you are mentally exhausted is that you have a hard time getting somewhere on time. Even after being a punctual person, you find it extremely difficult to reach a destination on time. Due to lack of motivation and tiredness, you find it difficult to practice time management.
3. Sense of detachment
The sense of detachment is the inability or unwillingness to connect with other people on the emotional, mental, or physical levels. You hardly experience the need to feel connected or even try to connect with someone. Your situations have drained you to such a level that you don’t feel good or bad about this detachment, you just go numb.
4. Feeling dizzy
This is the most common sign of mental exhaustion. You feel drained due to unaddressed stress in your mind and body. Your body is stressed to such a level that you no longer have a tendency to complete even the smallest task and it makes you feel tired and dizzy.
5. Feeling like crying
All of the above signs make an individual feel overwhelmed so they experience the urge to cry. It’s too hard to control your emotions when you’re too stressed. Therefore, crying is the easiest response to unaddressed emotions and stress.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)