Psychological Fatigue can be Overcome
Do you think you are just living your life and not really getting anywhere? Is getting energy to do something new a problem for you? Then you may be suffering from mental or psychological fatigue.
What is Psychological Fatigue?
Psychological fatigue is a sense of fatigue or tiredness caused by a lack of physical exercise, boredom and stress.
My friend Sheila has been complaining lately of a sense of disinterest in everything in her life. Her children are all grown and settled in various parts of the country, and her husband is busy in his work.
Although Sheila has a lot of friends and she gets together with them quite often, these days she is hardly enjoying the same parties and social events with her friends.
She feels listless, disinterested in everything, and put simply, bored with her life. Although Sheila is a classic example of the clichéd bored housewife, and may be suffering from psychological fatigue, this condition is quite common in men as well, especially men and women who have been doing the same job over the years, at the same place, with little or no change in their sedentary daily routines.
How is Psychological Fatigue Generated?
Psychological fatigue is generated from feelings of boredom, a sense of resentment and isolation, a feeling of not being appreciated, anxiety, a feeling of being pressured into doing things and a sense of uselessness.
Tips to beat Psychological Fatigue
But it is possible to beat the psychological fatigue and get back that zing in your life, that spark of interest that makes your life worthwhile, and that sense of purpose you had when you had started on your first job.
1. Relax: Make an effort to stay relaxed while you work, by consciously allowing your muscles to stay in a relaxed form. Use a relaxation method such as listening to music, or a round of deep breathing techniques such as yoga-based Pranayam. Yoga techniques also improve your concentration and release anxieties from your body.
2. Set Goals: Create realistic goals for the day at work and aim to reach it every day, setting the goals a little higher with every success you have.
Learn how to set goals in our post – power of goal setting
3. Show interest in what you do: Learn to act interested in your job, instead of looking at it just with an aim to get that pay check, and your interest will be generated in your work by you.
4. Learn from your mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes at work, or in life. Sometimes it’s our own disinterest that causes us to make more mistakes. To err is human, so get over it.
5. Exercise Regularly: Bring a little change to your lifestyle by adopting a regular exercise regime. Often psychological fatigue stems from an inactive lifestyle and a daily exercise routine can really improve your health and thus generate that extra energy in you that makes you feel active all day long.
6. Find Happiness: Give yourself a pep-talk that our life is what we make it, and happiness is not found in material acquisitions, but remains intrinsically within us.
Learn the meaning of happiness in our post – what is happiness
7. Have a little ‘Me’ time: Take a few minutes of each day to just spend time with yourself, away from people, away from normal daily intrusions, doing something that makes you the happiest. It may be reading, or playing a musical instrument, or simply sitting on your favorite chair and letting your thoughts run loose.
It’s within our power to control our emotions and bring changes in our life. A small lifestyle change and a determination to carry it through can go a long way towards overcoming boredom and the fatigue of everyday life.
It’s important to break the cycle of monotony by reapplying your entire positive attitude and create changes that work for you. It’s not the work that creates boredom, but our own sense of anxieties, resentments and expectations. Beat that psychological fatigue!