Too many things to do, places to go, decisions to make can leave us mentally tired and worn out by the end of the day.
Even when our calendars are filled with things we enjoy, the cumulative effect of always doing can sap our self control and leave us exhausted. Then we are prone to greater health risks, unhappiness and burnout.
But we can keep the burnout at bay
But, micro-breaks – little pauses throughout our days – and some other practices can help ease the feeling of overwhelm and stress.
Three Ways to Ease Mental Fatigue
Simplifying decisions. We are faced with scores of decisions each day and by the end of all that decision making our self-control can take a hit, according to research from Kathleen Vohs. Then, not only are we more likely to make unhealthy decisions, like say opting for a fast-food burger because we don’t have the energy to cook a healthy meal, but we feel mentally drained.
One way to offset this, according to research from Kathleen Vohs, may be to limit your decisions. Have the same coffee drink every time. Eat the same dinner every Tuesday. At noon, you are always going to take a lunch break in the kitchen, or go for a walk. By keeping some of our decisions simple we have more mental energy to deal with the rest of our days.
Seeing green. Just a minute looking at grassy rooftops reduced errors and improved concentration among workers, according to research from the University of Melbourne.
“It’s really important to have micro-breaks,” said Dr. Kate Lee, who led the study. “It’s something that a lot of us do naturally when we’re stressed or mentally fatigued. There’s a reason you look out the window and seek nature, it can help you concentrate on your work and to maintain performance across the workday.
So take a break and gaze out the window, or head outdoors for your lunch break or a short stroll through the park. The micro-break will help you feel restored and better able to focus on the tasks ahead.
Moving on. Several studies show the value of exercise when it comes to concentration and mental focus. Twenty minutes can improve performance and short intense exercise sessions increase blood flow to the brain and can improve your mood, memory, and ability to manage even the most demanding days.