Do you feel like your powers and productivity are fading?
What you used to do in a few minutes now takes you a day. You are trying to concentrate but cannot think or get the work done, making you even more frustrated and irritated.
Financial bills, school runs, pending tasks at home, aging parents, young children, and other household chores may add to the burden, and you might feel like it is too much to handle and you can’t think or work like you used to anymore.
This is exactly the tiredness one may experience at the end of a laborious day; however, it is just that your mind has been in labor all this time,called Mental Exhaustion.
What is Mental Exhaustion
Mental exhaustion, burnout or mental fatigue is the state of the mind where you may feel extreme tiredness, low motivation, apathy, cynicism, irritability, and lack of focus and interest, leading to anxiety and depression. This condition is increasingly being experienced by most of us today.
It is not developed in a single day but results from prolonged mental stress. Mental exhaustion is built up through many days and months. It is a long process where one may not feel stressed but is mentally suffering and fighting with ongoing stress. It could be anything like looking for a job, a long commute, a bad boss, pandemic(s), unpredictable financial view, life crises, personal relationships and more. These are just some of the visible factors you may observe; however, there are plenty of other reasons, invisible factors that may be causing stress as well, such as food allergies, antibodies production, exposure to toxins, lack of nutrients and other biological imbalances that are adding up to the external factors.
Symptoms of Mental Exhaustion
Mental exhaustion shows itself in the most unexpected ways. There can be physical symptoms and emotional signs that may tell that one is suffering from mental fatigue.
- Higher rates of infection and lowered immunity
- Muscle pain, chest pain, back pain, etc.
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Sleep disturbances or insomnia
- Headache or dizziness
- High blood pressure or heart palpitations
Emotional signs may include
- Apathy, anhedonia, or a general loss of motivation
- Increased irritability
- Cynicism and a more pessimistic worldview
- Feeling overwhelmed and helpless
Mental exhaustion is just likethe “chicken-and-egg” phenomenon. One may not pinpoint a single reason that pushed the button, and both reinforce each other. Mental exhaustion leads to physical imbalances and vice versa. In my clinical observation, whatcauses the pendulum to the extreme mental exhaustion, is the unnoticed or unattended imbalance that creates mental crises over time.
Tim (not the real name), a young guy, 32 years old, a father of 2 great children, found himself with no work in the last 2 years. Trying to get back to the job market was not an easy game for him and his family. He was exposed to C*D. The recovery was slow. His nutrient load came down to zero.
There he stopped. Almost gave up.
Mood swings, short temper, irritation, long hours of sleep, nights without sleep, emotional break-out and much more.
A visit to the doctor’s office pushed him to anti-depressants that couldn’t help much. He was stuck in a negative loop where no medications or consultations could help.
At the age of just 32 years, Tim was on the brink of suicide, and he attempted to.
SAD – SAD – SAD!!!
Mental exhaustion can lead to more extreme:
- Nutrient Deficiencies’
- Gut Infections
- Low Immune System
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Metabolic Dysfunction
- Even High Blood Pressure
Sounds crazy, right?
But this is how it is all interwoven and impacts each other.
As I said, It’s the “chicken-and-egg” phenomenon. What pushes the pendulum is the biological imbalance. It absolutely looks like an infinite loop that can’t be broken and where medications are hard to help.
When we did a nutrient test on Tim, we found an extreme low: iron, vitamin D, C, B12, B6, and B5. Obviously, these were not the only imbalances we found. But all such imbalances could be improved significantly with nutrients.
We workedhard for a few months to close the nutrient gap, improve food observation and digestion, restore the sleep cycle, build a routine, get outside with the kids, find time for himself, socialize,and much more.
Look Forward to a New Life
Overcoming mental exhaustion requires teamwork, patience, and a few good weeks/months to pave the new road for a balanced body. He will find a job when that is achieved because positivity attracts positivity. Being physically fit, he could think better about his future prospects and work on them with motivation, physical fitness and mental freshness.
I am hopeful that he will get back on track and support his wife and family.
Life is GOOD – if your NUTRIENTS are in place.
Check your nutrient levels. Don’t let it be ignored before it pushes you to the extreme.
It could make a huge difference in how you or your loved one could deal with the challenges in life and those yet to come.