Mental fatigue


Fatigue can be both physical and mental and can also be associated with certain diseases and syndromes. We all tend to blame fatigue on a busy lifestyle and of course we are right most of the time. However when outer lifestyle adjustments, intended to address the causes of physical fatigue do not provide the needed relief, we need to get professional medical help. Doctors tells us that fatigue can point to a long list of medical conditions like anaemia, iron overload, intestinal dysbiosis, sleep apnea, underactive thyroid, food allergies and even serious afflictions like heart problems and cancer.

If a medical assessment concludes that it is not linked to any disease then it is all the more likely to be due to emotional and psychological reasons. Mental fatigue causes perceived physical exhaustion and can lead us to mistakenly believe that we are suffering physical fatigue. Among other possible symptoms of mental fatigue are the inability to focus on a task, making more mistakes than usual in our regular tasks, impaired memory and slowed reasoning and even dizziness. Strenuous mental work and excessive stress contribute to mental fatigue. Negative emotional states invading our mind are a major cause of mental fatigue. Most often these emotions such as frustrations and sorrows can flow continuously as an underlying mental current throughout our day while at the same time depleting our mental energy. Depression is possibly the most frequent source of fatigue. Therefore to combat constant feeling of tiredness, we need to consider both the outer and inner aspects affecting our body and mind. When the mind finds rest, the body will also find rest.

Understanding is the first step to healing. Discerning our emotional issues clearly and having an objective understanding of the issues will help us in putting things in perspective and in achieving conflict resolution, direction and inner balance quickly. Vedantic meditation encourages the meditator to cultivate detached non-judgemental observation and present moment awareness. This practice is highly recommended to help us to understand our mind better and awaken the healing potential of our mind.

Practicing gratitude and compassion and surrendering ourselves in the care of the Divine Universe (Ishvara) are other forms of support we can give to ourselves. Seek ways to get inspired and infuse the mind with new positive moods. Sometimes it is difficult to practice all the above on our own. Therefore reaching out for guidance from wise teachers and counsellors and having the right emotional support from good company is also important.

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