5 steps to overcome mental fatigue

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The brain is like a muscle and it needs a variety in stimulus. After studying, course or some major work, the brain can feel ‘full” and tired. It has to rearrange all knowledge and experiences which have been stored on the temporary drive of the brain.

The first step is give your brain a rest. This is best done by some good nights of sleep. What helps me to rest the brain (and to be more receptive to learn new things) is to laugh. Ask someone (preferably a child) to tell you a joke or watch a comedy. Another possibility to rest the brain is to do sports or take a walk.

When the brain has rested enough you can take step 2. This is actually to find out what you want and what to do next. I wrote a blog about this which you might want to read and make a lifeline for yourself. Stand still to see where you have been and where you’re going. The key then is to write down some goals you have and how you are going to realize them (and preferably by what date). One of my goals is to finally learn blind typing. For this I will have to follow a course. Since I know what I want to achieve enables me to be more receptive to learn new skills.

Step 3 is to make a decision and to take action. This can also mean to go on a vacation or to a wellness resort. When choosing to follow a course you might think that standard classroom education can be dull for the mind. Studies have shown that students are more receptive to new knowledge when they’re in a flow. This is when you’re acting based on your own capacities. Being in flow gives energy and shining eyes. What helps to be in a flow? Interaction between the teacher/trainer and the audience. He or she invites you to participate so you can relate, imagine, visualize and feel the input as to just downloading knowledge. So look for courses and facilitators who can help you to get in this flow, who tell stories you can relate to when they demonstrate a concept. I’ve been to some courses were we had to dance. This for sure resulted in flow!

Perhaps you’re too tired to listen and watch the black- or smartboard in class. An alternative can be to study in a digital environment. I enjoy following courses on www.udemy.com and there are a lot of interesting webinars to participate in.

The next step (number 4) is a visualization technique. This can be done in a quiet space. Sit down and breathe calmly. Visualize yourself being in your own house. Open all the doors and windows of your house and welcome all people and opportunities to enter so you can learn. The key is to repeat this exercise for at least 30 days. Overcoming mental fatigue and to become receptive is changing your mindset from being closed to being open. This takes time.

As said before, the brain needs a variety in stimulus. Step 5 is to do something unexpected or spontaneous once in a while. Go visit someone you haven’t seen for a long time bring a cake and just listen. Be curious. Walk in that alley you’d normally not enter going to work. Look around and look up to see the windows, the roofs and the sky. Slow down, listen to yourself and listen to others.

What are other techniques to overcome mental fatigue and how do you become more energetic?

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