Monday Morning Fatigue

Many of us experience fatigue at the start of the week but feel great on the weekends. This mental fatigue is likely related to burnout at work. Counteracting burnout involves instilling a consistently positive mindset every day and making the most of what you have. You’re more likely to experience burnout when you’re not consistently being thankful for what you have. When you focus on the negatives in your life without appreciating the positives, work becomes more mundane, stressful and exhausting, increasing your chances of experiencing fatigue on Monday mornings and an eventual burnout.

Fatigue From Work

Fatigued man lying on wooden bench outside

A Different Kind Of Tired

Working can really take a toll on your energy level. Even if your job is not demanding or intensive, fatigue can build up over time and hit you without ever anticipating it. Fatigue is an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. When you are fatigued, you have no motivation or energy.

Fatigue is not the same as being tired due to lack of sleep. When you are tired from not sleeping well, you feel drained and exhausted, but generally recover after a good night’s rest. But fatigue is chronic; imagine a baseline or plateau where you experience little to no change despite getting more sleep.

You may come home and feel like not doing anything that requires much brain power. But you realize that you have to take care of the kids, study for an exam or prepare a presentation for work. As reality kicks in, you start to experience stress and maybe even anxiety.

Uncontrolled fatigue can take a toll on your mental health, relationships and work performance. Understanding how to handle fatigue is very important! It requires balance, motivation and positivity. You have to learn how to “ride the fatigue” and not get knocked off your center of balance.

So how do you do this? You have to enjoy every moment of life no matter how tired you are. Don’t try to fight fatigue or you will just get more exhausted and stressed. Rather, take baby steps and find pleasure in your activities despite feeling drained. Maybe introduce some coffee or an energy drink here and there, but don’t overdo it with the caffeine either.

You have to learn how to flow through your days, easing in and out of activities with pleasure and as little stress as possible. It’s actually not that hard to do. It all starts with your mindset: adopt a laid-back attitude on life while maintaining your intensity. This means that you still hustle and work hard but with a sense of relaxation while taking the edge off things.

So when you are experiencing fatigue, remind yourself that it’s not you! We all experience it. But you have to learn how to flow and “ride the fatigue.”

Just ride and flow.

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Tired From Working Too Much

Tired man holding his face and wearing sunglasses and a white dress shirt

Work Fatigue

The alarm rings. The bowl of cereal is made. You jump into your work clothes. You head towards your choice of transportation. Another day of work has arrived and you tell yourself, “damn, I am so tired and I don’t know why.” The repetitiveness of work can drain your energy level if you do not introduce other forms of stimulation into your life.

Some people work too many hours. If you are one of them, then you may need to rethink your career choice and ask yourself if it is worth it. Working too much takes away time that can be utilized for fun activities such as socializing, dating or playing sports.

Then there are people who work acceptable hours but do not have any other form of stimulation in their lives. They either come home and watch television, play video games or surf the web. The problem with these activities is that they are not as good for you as working out or socializing.

Watching television, playing video games and surfing the web are fun activities but can become repetitive and contribute to your fatigue. In addition, these activities do not require any other participants; they can be done by yourself.

On the other hand, socializing, whether through sports or going out helps to more effectively take your mind off work. This helps you relax, unwind and curb your work fatigue to the side. It is more effective to communicate your concerns than to isolate yourself at home in front of an entertainment system.

And then there are people who work the right amount of hours and have a stimulating and diverse life, but still feel fatigued. In this case, the solution is to take life day by day and become accepting of your fatigue. Do not try to fight it. All you can do is assure yourself that you are getting a good night’s sleep, staying positive, finding enjoyment in your work and having as much fun as possible!

With everything in life, moderation is key to avoiding burnout and living a happy and prosperous life!

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