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Mental Fatigue - How to Deal With It?

Published on Dec 16, 2022 and last reviewed on Jan 13, 2023   -  4 min read


Mental fatigue is the exhaustion or drains of the brain due to persistent stress and work. Read the article below to learn to manage it.


In general, the word fatigue is merely exhaustion. We get physically tired and seek a nap after physical activity. This kind of fatigue is conventional and known as physical exhaustion. Equivalently, our brain drains over time, and this condition is referred to as mental fatigue. We might occasionally undergo this exhaustion while working, taking care of kids, and in stressful situations.

What Is Mental Fatigue?

Mental fatigue, often known as brain fatigue or mental exhaustion, refers to the tiredness or exhaustion of the brain after prolonged intense mental activity, stress and anxiety. Physical fatigue largely resolves after sleep or rest, while mental fatigue needs much more than that. However, mental fatigue impairs the cognitive ability to think, comprehend, solve and express. Also, it weakens other physical presentations.

How Does Mental Fatigue Differ From Mental Burnout?

Mental exhaustion is short-term, situational and abruptly occurs at the peak of intense work and stress. It is usually relieved after the stimuli pass. But, when the exhaustion persists, the person will turn isolated and apathetic leading to mental burnout. Burnout is chronic and severe.

What Are the Causes of Mental Fatigue?

There is a wide range of causes inducing exhaustion. That can be acute or chronic; however, all these factors drain the brain with stress, workload, and pressure. The following are the common triggering elements of mental fatigue.

What Are the Signs of Mental Fatigue?

Mental exhaustion exhibits a broad range of themes, which, when detected early, are managed effectively with therapy and care. First, however, here are some typical signs and symptoms of mental fatigue to look after.

  • Emotionally drained.

  • Headache.

  • Feeling of detachment.

  • Loss of motivation.

  • Persistent tiredness.

  • Impairment in concentration.

  • Difficulty in focusing and comprehending.

  • Depression and irritability.

  • Inadequate sleep.

  • Loss of care and concern in everything.

  • Lack of interest even in small tasks.

How to Manage Mental Fatigue?

The management of mental fatigue aims to calm the cognitive element. Fortunately, one can overcome mental fatigue by implementing several methodologies and seeking a doctor in case of severity. The succeeding themes gain adequate mental strength and help us fight mental fatigue.

  • Self-Love: Self-love is the key to many psychotic illnesses and conditions. Feeling low and fatigued often happens when one is extremely involved in work or with the use of a mobile phone and system. Though the office work is prior and crucial, do it briskly and subsequently. Limit the time on social media and screens; take the time to stay glad and glow. Spending time in the natural sunlight ensures energy and the ability to do the job.

  • Removal of Triggers or Stressors: Once it is ensured that the stressors are exhausting the brain, move on to the sorting part. Unfortunately, it might be difficult to eliminate those stressors as it glooms at first when beginning a job. However, it can be accomplished by sharing tasks and household activities with families and friends.

  • Relaxation and Exercises: National Library of Medicine published that exercising would help fight mental exhaustion. Thus, incorporate plenty of relaxation techniques just to calm the mind. Relaxation skills such as yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and the divine would enhance a better feeling. Mental fatigue will lead to diminished physical performance and breaking aids in practicing exercises regularly.

  • Have Quality Sleep: For major illnesses, inadequate sleep is the behavioral risk factor to be concerned about. On the other hand, getting seven to eight hours of sleep could pave the way for good mental strength. In addition, one can improve the sleep cycle by implementing bedtime yoga and meditation. Also, take a power nap of ten to fifteen minutes during the daytime. And never obliviate to switch the phone, laptop, and book.

  • Fulfilling the Needs: Track the basic needs and supplements which could improve cognitive ability and work on that. Now and then, just a nap could not be sufficient. That being the case, have an adequate balanced diet.

  • Hydration: Never leave the body dehydrated. Have an average of eight to ten glasses of water daily. If you feel thirsty, have a sip.

  • Expand Socialization: Solitariness is another risk factor to put you helpless and discouraged at times leading to exhaustion. Hence, expand the social circle, have new friends, and spend time partying.

Have a pet you admire the most and nurture that.

  • Scheduling: Schedule the priority tasks and achieve them accordingly. And complete the challenging work when one has heightened energy, followed by left tasks. It is also vital to schedule a weekend plan and charge yourself. Go on vacation and party on weekends to come back stronger on weekdays.

  • Get Help from Professionals: As discussed above, stress and exhaustion can progress, leading to burnout and other medical illnesses. Be aware and seek medical professionals to treat the condition.


Everyone in the world encounters mental fatigue very often as physical exhaustion. So, consider it and give oneself time to overcome the stress and exhaustion. The management is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms of cognitive impairment and ensuring a pleasant mental status.

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