3 Reasons You're Feeling Mentally Drained
By Genevieve Cunningham
Being tired is probably normal for you, just as it is for everyone else. We’re all tired … pretty much all of the time. But sometimes, a feeling comes over us that is more than just tired. It’s complete exhaustion, something that wipes away our minds and leaves us feeling utterly drained of life and energy. If this is something that you struggle with in your life, check out these three reasons that you may be feeling mentally drained and some simple tips for dealing with it.
You’re Plugged In All the Time
We’re all guilty of grabbing our phones literally all day long. Why have they not found a way to glue them to our hands at this point? That’s where they are most of the time anyway, right? If that sounds a little too familiar, no wonder you’re mentally drained! Constantly looking through other people’s lives, comparing your own, and keeping up with the metaphorical Jones family is exhausting! Take a timeout from technology, and you’ll likely find some of that mental fog and exhaustion dissipate.
You’re Always on the Go
You wake up early, get your family ready, go to work. After work there is practice for your son, lessons for your daughter, and still dinner to cook. That doesn’t even include your after-hours work that needs to be completed before tomorrow. While it’s good to be generally busy, it’s not OK to be so busy that you never have a moment to sit and rest. Do your best to make at least a few hours a week available for rest and relaxation. Your mind needs the unwinding, and if you’re feeling drained, it can be a wonderful pick-me-up to get you back on your feet.
You Didn’t Use Vacation Days
America is one of the worst countries when it comes to actually using the vacation days that we’ve been given. We’re much more likely to skip them completely in favor of working longer hours. This can contribute to stress levels, poor health, and a negative outlook on work and life. If you’re feeling drained, use your days to take a break and get away from it all.
Feeling a little overwhelmed is normal sometimes, but it shouldn’t be your constant. If it is, then it is sure to lead to health issues down the road. If you find that you’re committing any of the above mentioned crimes, do a personal check and balance on your work/life balance. Allowing for some breathing room and time away can change everything about your physical and mental well-being.