Mental exhaustion: when your units are low and your tired is tired


Many of us experience tiredness, but prolonged bouts of stress and exhaustion can lead to burnout. And, in the present times it may be a little difficult to separate work and personal life. Everything all mixed into one can start to feel overwhelming. 

What are the root causes of mental exhaustion?

There are a number of factors that impacts our mental health. Poor work – life balance, long work hours, job dissatisfaction and high-pressure occupations can all play a role.

Being unemployed leads to financial stress, and poverty, in some instances. Having to worry about money is a real burden that causes anxiety. 

There are of course other elements to consider such chronic illness or disease. Taking care of an ill or elderly person can also be draining. That being said, taking care of children is a joyful experience, it can however induce stress when they’re only going to school every other day or week.

Trauma such as divorce, separation or the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming to say the least. These all create strain in our lives and our minds.

Self-care is vital as it helps boost your mental health and should be done on a daily basis. Seeing as it encourages self-improvement, it benefits our overall health and wellness.

‘Self-care’ may seem like a buzzword used on Instagram, but taking care of yourself and your mind is so important – especially during stressful times. Remember:

  1. Be kind to yourself. We are often our own worst critics. Check your negative thoughts about yourself. Start your day with 15 minutes of peace – whether it’s meditation or enjoying a cup of coffee in bed before your work day starts.
  2. Check your perspective. Sometimes we make mistakes in our work or in our personal lives, but it’s part of personal growth. If you implement what you’ve learnt moving forward – it’s a lesson and not a mistake. See, perspective.
  3. Be organised. By organising and decluttering our work areas and homes, it gives a feeling of accomplishment and helps us to work smarter, not harder.
  4. Don’t work where you sleep. If you are working from home, don’t work in your bedroom. Set-up your work station in a different area (or corner) of the house. This allows you to separate work and personal life – and leave your work stress at your desk.
  5. Use your energy optimally. Take frequent breaks during the day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. This way we have an opportunity to step away from a stressor, breathe and come back ready to tackle the issue.
  6. Find an activity you enjoy. Whether it’s going for a run, building puzzles as a family activity, sitting outside or reading a few pages of a good book everyday. Incorporate this activity in your weekly routine.
  7. Reflect. End your day by taking a few moments to reflect on the events of the day – the twist is that you have to identify a highlight or something that you’re grateful for on that day. It helps us to stay grounded and not drown in anxious thoughts before bedtime.


*These are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of Vannie Kaap News.