Mental fatigue can be caused by many things but what it refers to is the stress that you experience over an extended period. It can be caused by long term trauma, lack of sleep, financial stress, or grief, just to name a few. Those individuals battling mental fatigue may find that they feel that they are operating in a brain much of the time. Others may feel that fatigue most intensely after they have had to use a lot of mental energy. This mental fatigue can affect a lot of things including your responses to circumstances. The following are some ways that you can be affected by mental fatigue.
Being mentally exhausted can leave you with zero energy. This exhaustion can be so pronounced that you do not have any energy left for the things that you have to, much less the things you like to do. You may find that you may begin to lose interest in the things that once brought you great joy. This can lead to you becoming depressed. Depression and mental fatigue can be so closely aligned that it can sometimes too hard to tell if the depression is causing the mental fatigue or vice versa. Mental exhaustion can cause you to feel drained to the point that you lose your zest for life. You may find yourself feeling sad, lonely, or hopeless and these feelings can pull you further into a depressed state.
Have you ever noticed that when you are sleepy or tired that you become irritable and have almost no patience? The same thing applies to mental fatigue. Mental fatigue can put you in a place where irritability becomes a state of being. You may find that your level of tolerance is not where it normally is and those around you may start asking you why you are so cranky or in a bad mood. Being mentally exhausted and not being able to function normally can frustrate you and drain you to the point where you are irritable all the time.
Mental fatigue can get you to the point where you do not have the physical or mental energy to do anything. This lack of motivation to get anything done can lead to tasks and responsibilities going undone. You may soon find that procrastination will begin to take over as you keep pushing back the things that need to be done. The feeling of being overwhelmed can take over as you look at all the things that you have not done. This can lead to even more mental exhaustion as you continue to think at the mounting list of things you have not done. This can be the start of a vicious cycle.
Have you ever experienced any symptoms of mental fatigue? What symptoms did you experience? Comment below with your thoughts.