Signs of mental exhaustion: understand what your limit is

Signs of mental exhaustion: understand what your limit is

Have you ever felt exhausted today? If you experience an intense load of stress in the long term, chances are, yes. And that can turn into serious health problems and disorders. Therefore, it is essential to know which are the signs of mental exhaustion.

The condition affects overall health. That is, the person reaches the limit of their emotions and can develop generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks and depression.

However, the causes of mental breakdown vary from case to case. Therefore, psychologist Marilene Kehdi, a specialist in clinical care, explains that there are different triggers, among them. That is, personal problems such as divorces, chronic illness or injury, unemployment, death of someone close, financial problems, postpartum period.

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In this way, the mental exhaustion syndrome can also be a consequence of overwork, which triggers the Burnout Syndrome.

The condition arises from the overload of functions and the difficulty in executing them. But it can also occur due to the pressure to achieve short-term goals, lack of autonomy and recognition of efforts, excessive competition, distrust, dissatisfaction, unhappiness at work and/or a very demanding and controlling boss or leader. In addition to the accumulation of tasks itself.

Other than that, the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath also had mental consequences. Therefore, many found themselves facing a high level of emotional exhaustion, due to concerns, problems and crises in the personal, professional and general spheres.

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Signs of mental exhaustion

  • Excessive physical and mental fatigue, difficulty resting and relaxing. Generalized apathy and discouragement;
  • Fear, feeling that you are being threatened by something or that something bad is about to happen;
  • Hopelessness, the impression that nothing will change, that there is no way out, no perspective;
  • Insomnia, taking time to sleep, waking up at dawn without sleep or having a restless night;
  • Difficulty concentrating, mental fatigue, having difficulty maintaining coherence of reasoning;
  • Memory lapses, difficulty processing and storing information at the conscious level due to mental saturation. Slow reasoning and difficulty maintaining a longer conversation;
  • Emotional lability, wanting to cry for no apparent reason, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and anguish;
  • Irritability, nervousness and loss of control more easily;
  • Behavior changes such as reactive and defensive behaviors.

Possible physical symptoms

  • Changes in appetite, overeating or losing hunger
  • Headaches;
  • Muscle pain and tension;
  • Decreased immunity;
  • Changes in breathing due to the level of anxiety, which make it shorter;
  • There may be an increased risk of heart disease;
  • Gastric and intestinal changes, which can develop gastritis and have a lot of constipation.

What to do

When starting treatment, the first task is to indicate the causes, eliminate stress factors, promoting changes where necessary, whether professionally or personally. After this stage, it is recommended to promote changes in the style and dynamics of life, taking control over stress. Elaborating and re-signifying impactful life experiences is also fundamental.

It is recommended to practice some physical exercise following the safety protocols against Covid-19, not being connected 24 hours a day in the online world, eating healthy meals and sleeping better.

Remember that professional monitoring is essential in these cases. For more appropriate treatment, seek help.

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