When it comes to our physical health, we often have an idea how far we can push ourselves. When we are starting to feel under the weather, we recognize the warning signs, and we go to the doctor. Typically, when we get sick, we allow ourselves time to heal. When we break a bone, we visit the doctor, and we allow our body time to heal. Yet, when our mental health is declining, we often do not recognize the warning signs until we are burnt out.
Mental exhaustion is a normal occurrence. However, it can be avoided if you recognize the warning signs, practice routine self-care, and allow your mind and body time for rest to rejuvenate.
Mental health breaks are needed, especially during stressful times. We all need rest. If you allow time for both physical and mental rest, you can actually boost your productivity levels and enhance overall wellness.
Nonetheless it can be difficult to recognize when it is time for a break. When you start to feel off or a little different than normal, taking a break can be extremely helpful.
Here are some signs that you may need a mental health break:
- Are you making yourself physically sick from emotional strain and / or high levels of stress?
- Do you feel uninterested in activities you once found pleasurable?
- Are you experiencing low energy levels?
- Do you feel disengaged / detached from people in your life or from your life in general?
- Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
- Is it difficult for you to get up in the morning?
- Have your eating habits changed?
- Are you experiencing lower levels of productivity than normal?
- Is it difficult for you to concentrate?
- Do you feel unmotivated?
- Has your mood changed lately?
- Do you feel more down and / or depressed?
- Are you feeling irritable?
- Are you experiencing higher than normal levels of anxiety?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, it may be time for a break.
Please note, a lot of these symptoms are similar to the symptoms of depression. Reaching out to a therapist or counselor for support and guidance on your mental health may be helpful.