What is mental exhaustion?

Mental exhaustion is persistent physical, emotional, and mental fatigue that occurs with decreased motivation and performance, and a negative attitude towards oneself and others.

This is the result of long-term and extreme physical or mental stress or overwork, where rest no longer restores strength.

Symptoms of mental exhaustion:

  • Feeling sluggish or tired
  • Decreased ability to pay attention or concentrate
  • Rest does not restore strength
  • Rapid fatigue
  • Constant restlessness, anger and easy irritation
  • Feeling helpless
  • Decreased self-efficacy
  • Decline in motivation

Spiritual exhaustion can reach anyone, but the most vulnerable are those who are very hardworking and conscientious. It also means taking on a lot of responsibilities and often not being able to say no to new offers or requests for help. At the same time, it is like a vicious circle, because these people are often offered a lot, because they are seen as very good, conscientious and therefore trusted.

Mental exhaustion can also occur when very high standards are set or set by someone else. High demands and a high level of responsibilities lead to chronic stress over time, which is debilitating and can lead to burnout at work. People who provide emotional support to others in their work are often more vulnerable to mental exhaustion. When giving to others, it is important to ensure that we can reciprocate or recharge ourselves, otherwise there will soon be nothing to offer.

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