You’re mentally exhausted, not lazy

How have you been lately?

Have you ever been surrounded by lazy people? Have you considered yourself lazy?

Have you ever thought maybe that’s not the case? Maybe, you’re mentally exhausted and you just need to take a break which is very much okay.

We live in a fast-paced world, and the habit of overworking seems to have been normalized. In effect, most people are experiencing decreasing levels of energy, which is oftentimes misinterpreted as “laziness” rather than “mental exhaustion.”

Here are some signs that you’re mentally exhausted and not lazy:

1. You don’t feel motivated.

Whenever you think about the future, or anything, you feel helpless. When you’re mentally exhausted, you feel numb and you stop caring about the consequences of not doing anything right anymore. Sometimes, you’ll revisit your goals and question yourself, “Are these goals really for me? Because I feel like they’re not. Are these goals even enough?” Feeling unmotivated definitely affect your career in the long run.

2. You can’t focus or concentrate.

Have you ever struggled with multitasking? Have you ever struggled on something that you used to be so good at? Have you ever started something but then your mind suddenly wandered around? Have you struggled to finish a task that was once so effortless to finish?

Having difficulty with concentration is one of the signs of mental exhaustion and not laziness. By nature, the human mind has a limited capacity, and overloading it can lead to negative effects on the efficiency with which it performs basic functions.

3. Small tasks become overwhelming.

Another sign of mental exhaustion is when you start to feel that small tasks are overwhelming. You might feel overwhelmed when washing the dishes, doing the laundry, or vacuuming the carpet. The process of doing such basic tasks, even with the slightest of effort, tires your brain out.

4. You are constantly dreaming or fantasizing of a drastic change.

Do you often find yourself daydreaming about going on a long vacation or winning the lottery then quitting your job? I believe that everyone must have done this once. But if you find yourself constantly daydreaming or fantasizing of a drastic change in your life, you may be mentally exhausted. What you want is an escape from your current situation and this clearly screams signs of unhappiness.

You are unsatisfied with your reality.

Yes, daydreaming is harmless. But making constant comparisons between your current situation with your ideal situation, can potentially ruin your overall mood because you are aware of the fact that the ideal situation you want is far from reality. This will lead to you being unmotivated or worse, unappreciative of what you currently have.

5. You get easily irritated.

Have you been irritated by the tiniest of things lately?

You might find yourself being surrounded with negativity and this just makes you irritable. When you’re mentally exhausted, your body and your mind are both in low-grade-flight or flight-mode. You are in a constant state of high alert which is why even the littlest of things get you triggered.

6. Resting isn’t helping your energy levels.

You are mentally exhausted if you still feel tired after a good night’s rest. Good sleep usually ensures that you are both physically and mentally well-rested. But when this doesn’t work, it is time for you to set aside a moment to process your feelings. This can be done by writing a journal, talking to a supportive friend, or seeing a therapist.

This blog post is only intended to raise self-awareness and to educate. If you believe you are suffering from depression, it is always best to seek help from a licensed professional, and know that it’s okay to seek such help.

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