Being mentally tired is not a lot of fun. I would even argue it is worse than being physically tired. When you’re physically tired there is an easy solution: Do nothing and sleep. Whereas, when you’re mentally tired it doesn’t matter how much sleep you get, you will still be confronted by the dreaded monster. You may go to bed super early but wake up in the exact same state as when you went to sleep, which gets annoying after a few days. You would think sleep would be the cure right? Well usually it’s not. The good news? I have a few handy tips that may just help you!
But what do I know?
Im no health expert and my tips are not going to work for everyone but, I can tell you what’s worked for me from personal experience. There have been many times in my life where I have questioned how tired I was and thought it was because of a lack of sleep. While this may have been a big factor it wasn’t the main cause.
The main factor was…
You guessed it…
Also, a dose of overwork and not scheduling enough me time.
I worked myself into a pit for a whole year in the most stressful job of my life. I didn’t leave work at work at the end of the day. It came home with me.
My mind was racing, my stress was heading through the roof and my weight was fluctuating. It’s safe to say I was not in a good state.
While I do still get extremely tired and some days are harder than others, I have learnt a few mechanisms to bring the bounce back in my step and keep my energy fuelled for longer in the day.
I really hope you resonate with some of these tips and even better, give them a go!
My First Tip Is: Meditation
Yes, I am one of those people who obsess over this practise. I’m not particularly keen on the religious side of it but, the psychology behind it fascinates me. It’s an incredible feeling being able to relax yourself with a few simple breaths.
I particularly enjoy guided meditations when I am mentally drained. I find if I try to meditate on my own without any music I plummet into my thoughts and am in a worse position than when I started.
My advice to you is if you can, listen to a guided meditation once a day for a week and see how you feel. It may be really hard at first and seem like a struggle but I urge you to keep it up for the whole week!
You can practise at any time of the day but, I find the best benefits come when taking a few minutes in the middle of the day as for most of us, this is when stress is building.
What’s your schedule like?
If you know you can’t go into a safe space in the middle of the day then this time probably won’t work for you. Maybe, you’ll have to get up a few minutes earlier and meditate then. Or, maybe when you get home from work or, at the end of the day before bed.
Honestly, I can not recommend this practise enough. Meditation refreshes and renews and is a solid tool to overcoming mental tiredness.
So, what are you waiting for? Give it a go! If you are stuck on where to start I would love for you to sign up to my email list below to receive your free meditation guide!
Tip 2: Mindfulness
Again, this is a practise I can’t get enough of. I’m sure you’re aware of the mindfulness phase that’s going on right now and I’m definitely a part of it. If you haven’t heard of it then below is a brief description from mindful.org:
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what were doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
When you’re mentally tired you often don’t have the energy to focus on the present moment.
Being mindful in a time of mental tiredness may seem like a challenging task but, it can revive you. You can literally snap into the moment with simple tools.
For example, you might be driving to work and be caught up in the action and monotony of driving. Taking even one second to notice the colours in the car and acknowledging them is a wonderful tool. Maybe, you are at your desk at work and are staring at a screen all day. Take a hand moisturizer with you and use it to detach yourself from your work for 20 or 30 seconds. You will be amazed at the effects.
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Tip 3: Go For A Walk
Being in touch with nature is one of the best medicines. Even taking a stroll for 5 minutes can improve your mood and refresh your mind. If you can, take your socks and shoes off and walk around on the grass barefoot. There is nothing more incredible than connecting with the earth.
Tip 4: Use Breathing Techniques
Taking big, deep belly breaths is a wonderful tool to refresh your mind and body. This is a tool I learnt from Dr Libby. I didn’t realise the importance of a belly breath before I started to do it, but wow does it make a difference! It’s an amazing feeling taking the time to form a deep breath and it takes less than 10 seconds!
How do you take a deep belly breath you ask? Well, you may have to actively push your belly out when trying to do this but basically when you breathe in start from your belly.
- Consciously be aware of the rise of your belly and slowly lift your breath all the way past your lungs and through your heart to your nostrils and hold this for 1 second.
- Then, let go and focus your attention on feeling your belly relax and compress.
Do this a few times and you will be giving your brain some much-needed oxygen which = Energy, woohoo!
Tip 5: Take Time Off
Ultimately you need some days off work or life to just take care of yourself. I know it is extremely hard to schedule this into our time hungry world but, it will be the best medicine you could have ever asked for.
If you can, take a day off work for your mental health. Or take some time off to have a staycation which won’t require any mental energy like going away can do.
Take the time to read a book, do some yoga, tend to your garden, cook delicious food and take care of yourself. If you’re stuck for self-care ideas please read one of my blog posts about a few self-care ideas by clicking here.
If you do take a couple of days to spend on looking after yourself I highly commend you. Go you and well done for taking the step!
If you just can’t take this much time off then hopefully the tips I’ve mentioned above will help to bring some energy back into your life. If practised regularly I know they will.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any tips you would like to share. I know it’s difficult to get out of the slump of being mentally tired but, it is possible to improve your state of mind without seeing a health care professional.
Until next time,