The new routines that emerged after the pandemic triggered extreme fatigue. The fact is that this feeling of total exhaustion is called cognitive fatigue. Let's see what this is about!
If at this time of the year you feel tired, exhausted, and lack motivation, this is part of mental fatigue. Regardless of sex or age, there is something that is happening to many of us: we realize that activities that we did before without problem, today leave us exhausted. Did spending so much time indoors reduce your ability to multitask?
What is cognitive fatigue?
Mental fatigue is prolonged attentional or cognitive effort, leading to overload or exhaustion. In a context of high stress, which was maintained for a long time due to the pandemic and the isolation measures, the symptoms of the state of cognitive fatigue became very present.
How to tell if we are suffering from mental fatigue
Drowsiness, inability to concentrate, and difficulty in "processing" tasks to be performed are the main ones. However, the greatest concern appears when understanding that this symptomatology can not only have effects on cognitive performance when studying or working but also affects us in physical matters and our emotional regulation.
Virtuality exhausts more than face-to-face life
What people are reporting and some studies indicate is that the same activities, if compared in terms of presence and virtuality, in the case of virtuality generate greater fatigue and a shorter attention level than that same activity in the modality in person.
3 things to overcome mental fatigue
1. Reorganize: It is essential to start with a reorganization of habits to restore the three most important pieces of our health: diet, physical exercise, and good sleep. Generally, if one begins to fail in one of these "gears", the others follow the same line causing a feeling of exhaustion.
2. Rest well: Regulate sleep schedules as much as possible, also establishing clear and pre-established rest spaces during the day. Incorporate strategies based on meditation such as mindfulness, which allow some emotional regulation, anxiety reduction, and cognitive improvement in attentional terms.
3. Go from concern to action: Try to get the overwhelming ideas out of our mind and look for concrete actions to modify them, or even, it is advisable to write them down and then think about them and share them with someone. Do not confuse physical distancing with social or emotional ones. The socialization of emotions is something that will help us when faced with the feeling of fatigue.