Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
How To Manage Mental And Physical Exhaustion
It’s important to recognise stressors before they cause an extreme impact on your life.
By Sophie Bishop
14 July 2022
Ever felt completely overwhelmed and lacking energy? Unable to get out of bed in the morning, and never feeling fully rested? You may be experiencing exhaustion. This could be mental, physical, or a combination of both, resulting in you feeling drained and trapped.
Many people find that they feel powerless and that the cause of their exhaustion comes from external factors. But, there are some ways that you can manage physical and mental exhaustion and improve your overall wellbeing.
Signs of exhaustion
Emotional and mental signs of exhaustion may include:
- Feelings of depression and/or anxiety
- Feelings of hopelessness or extreme pessimism
- A short temper, or even anger and aggression
- The feeling of dread or impending doom
- Lack of motivation and a decline in productivity
- Becoming easily distracted and having difficulty concentrating
Physical exhaustion could look like:
- Frequent headaches
- Upset stomach or changes to the digestive system (heartburn, indigestion)
- Body aches or becoming injured more easily (spraining muscles etc)
- Finding difficulty to stay awake or being unable to wake up
- Being unable to go to, or stay asleep (insomnia)
- Changes in appetite
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Weakened immune system, resulting in increased illness, such as colds and flu
You, or people around you, may notice changes in your behaviour as a symptom of exhaustion. Behavioural signs may include:
- Poor performance at work
- Avoiding social gatherings
- Calling in sick to work
What’s the difference between physical and mental exhaustion?
Ways to manage exhaustion:
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