In an effort to address mental fatigue, an online health clinic such as Parsley Health may be a useful resource for finding a holistic treatment approach. We checked in with Shaina Painter, M.S., CNS—a health coach at Parsley—who offered some helpful pointers for identifying if you’re struggling with this form of exhaustion, and exactly what you can do to reset your battery and mitigate burnout.
Once you’ve identified that you may be struggling with mental fatigue, it’s time to take back your power. Asserting boundaries and taking a good, hard look at your schedule and what you need to be doing each day can help you take a step back and find the rest you need. “Identifying tasks in your day that are either depleting or nourishing and labeling them as such, as well as seeing where you can sprinkle in more nourishing tasks in between the depleting ones,” is one method that Painter suggests for getting intentional in your own life and lowering the risk of fatigue.
If you’re finding joy in your day, this will lift your spirits, which can make a profound difference in energy levels. “Oftentimes we feel run down by our schedules or diet, so taking back our power and adding our own input into our day can catapult us into having more motivation, more mental energy, and even bringing down some of our mental fatigue,” she adds.
Self care can look different from person to person, but Painter says it’s essential for reducing fatigue and rejuvenating the mind. “One self care step could be a good night’s sleep, or going for a walk outside, or eating three balanced meals during your day,” she explains. “There are various ways that we can exercise self care, and I always like to say ‘schedule it like a meeting with yourself that you cannot cancel.’”
If you really want to stop mental fatigue you need to put yourself first, and this comes from listening to your body and what it’s telling you it needs. Whether that be a face mask, a balanced meal, or a night with friends, you know what’s going to help recharge your battery the best.
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