Give your mind a break


Mental fatigue or burn out is a concept that can be confused with physical fatigue, although they are different. Mental fatigue is related to prolonged symptoms of stress (whether you work or not), anxiety, depression or overwork and lack of resources.

This type of fatigue is different from sleepiness (need to sleep), although the person feels a loss of energy, demotivation, and apathy. It appears, for example, when a person suffers from burnout and there comes a time when he feels he can’t work anymore, here his resources are not enough to cope with the situation and he reaches his mental limit. Mental fatigue is usually associated with work since many phenomena related to this field can provoke it.


The silent enemies. What's behind of mental fatigue?

We can’t see it and sometimes we don’t notice them either. Here are some of the main causes of mental fatigue: - Mental overload: Excessive tasks require that the level of attention and concentration is too high. So, it causes the appearance of this phenomenon. The main problem is in the duration of this situation, which ends up exhausting the resources of the person.

- Factors of the organization: the climate and business culture, co-workers or leadership styles of superiors can also cause mental fatigue.

- The resources of each person: some individuals tolerate stressful situations better than others.

- Stress and anxiety: mental fatigue can also appear in situations of stress (for example, post-traumatic stress or work-related stress) or prolonged anxiety.

- Very mental works: those jobs with little physical involvement are more likely to cause mental fatigue.

- Depression: the symptoms of this disorder include this form of fatigue.


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Too much work leads to excessive mental work. That is, the state of concentration or attention required for your work is very high. And this ends up exhausting your resources. Here it would be good to use certain meditation or mindfulness exercises so that the mind relaxes and regains its energy a little.
This fatigue tends to be related to prolonged symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress; whether they you feel it at work or in your personal life. This can sometimes occur in your work environment, or by work or personal colleagues, your situation with your couple or with your social relationships, worries, etc.
However, in these cases, talking to a doctor must be on your things to do list, maybe you think you can handle this whole situation by yourself, but the advice of a professional is indispensable to determinate how deep it is.

Pencil and paper: What you must add to your routine to avoid mental fatigue

Now, here you have a general guideline and an exercise of mindfulness for when you need a little mental relaxation, to load that energy and mental resources because obviously one of the ways to combat mental fatigue is the practice of full conscious attention.

1-Eat well

This is important, very important, and perhaps it is the most difficult for us to do, but if it is difficult for you to feed yourself well, at least do not feed yourself badly. Because, after all, the organism, our body, and mind depend on what we eat, on the nutrients provided by the food. Therefore, food can condition that mental fatigue for lack of nutrients or is even able to affect many mental states for both positive and negative. That's why new studies call the small intestine the second brain.


2- Sleep well.

If feeding well is something that costs. Sleeping correctly is something that most people also find difficult, or at least sleep long enough for the brain to be well rested.
If your mind does not rest well it will not work well, this has no turning point. Sleeping well is very essential. And if you have trouble sleeping, there are also meditation practices to facilitate better sleep and mental rest. If the body asks to sleep, it sleeps, even if it is 20 minutes of a nap in the afternoon. Surely you will have noticed that there are days that you sleep a little in the afternoon and it seems that the mind that was totally tired is now active and relaxing doing things.


3-Drinking water.

This is easy and simple and without compromise, it is one of the main causes of mental fatigue. Dehydration causes the brain to slow down. Drink a little more water.


4- Physical exercise.

Practice any type of exercise that makes you move around. You know that after this, endorphins and serotonin are released, causing you to feel better. Of course, Do not choose exercises that generate stress when you do it.


5- Music

The healing effects of music have been known since immemorial times. Music therapy is the use of music to improve the physical, psychological, intellectual or social functioning of people who have health or educational problems.
With the music, used in conjunction with the measurement, attempts are made to reach the brain stimuli that lead to a relaxation or cancellation of those that reproduce diseases, through various melodies surprising effects can be achieved.
Although the benefits of music have been known since antiquity, in the 40s of our century it is used as a branch of recuperative medicine, with physiological, affective and mental effects, contributing to a psychophysical balance of people. Nowadays, it is mainly applied to nervous imbalances, it has a positive influence on the heart and lungs, alcoholism, drug addiction, etcetera.


6- Meditation, the key:

Perform Mindfulness, mindfulness or small meditation exercises. Everything will depend on where you are.
You already know how extending your attention improves and widens, this mental silence resets you when you are mentally fatigued and how it can help you to boost the mental energy, again and again, generating more attention capacity, renewing the resources spent.
As everything, this benefit will depend on how far your mental fatigue has come at the time of doing this practice, the time you dedicate to this exercise and the familiarization with these practices.
Meditate, that enriching experience that allows you to connect with the deepest part of you, through concentration keeping the mind in a resting state, is intensified with the use of melodies that allow entering the desired state of relaxation, thanks to the calmness that generate chords and tranquilizing sounds that come from nature, with the ancient touch of old Japan, Music helps you to enter into a state of serenity that can be obtained at any time of the day, with immediate access from the application. Japan Sound, the tranquility you take anywhere with you.