@maxinemalko 5 Signs You Are Mentally Exhausted #mentalhealthtips#mentalhealthtiktoks#mentalhealth#psychology#psychologyfacts#education#lifehacks#lifetips#empower ♬ Remember That Night? – Sara Kays

Mental exhaustion is similar to physical tiredness, except it’s your mind instead of your muscles. It feels as though you are drained and lack alertness. Maxine Malko speaks on mental exhaustion and shares 5 tell-tale signs that you are experiencing it.

  1. You’re easily irritated and lose your patience quicker than normal. Mental fatigue can put you in a bad mood and cause irritation. You may notice yourself snapping at people more often. This is because it’s harder to control your emotions when you’re mentally exhausted.
  2. You have anxiety and panic attacks sometimes for what feels like no reason. Mental fatigue can also trigger your sympathetic nervous system, leading to feelings of panic, anxiety, and worry, says Betterup.
  3. You’re having trouble falling asleep more than usual. Research shows that people who have jobs with a high “cognitive workload” report more insomnia symptoms than those who don’t.
  4. You don’t feel as close to people as you used to. When people are under a lot of stress, it’s common to isolate yourself more than normal. You may not have the energy or mental capacity to participate in relationships emotionally and may need to take time and allow yourself the space to recharge.
  5. You have no interest in things you usually enjoy doing. When you’re lacking energy, it can make it extremely hard to finish things at work or do daily activities that you normally enjoy doing.

If some or all of these signs apply to you, it may mean that you need to take some time for yourself to recharge. Consider taking short breaks when doing activities that require a great amount of mental work. You can also try meditation, walking around the park, stretching or yoga, or even taking a power nap. It’s also a good idea to reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional if you need more support.

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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