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5 signs your mind is telling you to take a break

September 10, 2020
5 signs your mind is telling you take a break

In recent times, we are all leading a stressful life. Our mind is working at an extremely high speed and never switches off. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, we don’t end up giving our mind rest. Even while relaxing we are consumed with technology. As a result, our mind is quite overloaded and overwhelmed at all times. We are barely left with any space to process incidents, our emotions or how we are actually doing.

Our mind has its way of showing us that it is overworked and it can be detrimental to our health if we ignore it. There are 5 signs through which our mind tells us to slow down.

1. Forgetfulness: 

Have you been recently feeling that you are forgetting names of people you knew very well? You are walking into a room and then wondering why you walked there in the first place? You have a shower and then wonder whether you have washed your hair or not? If these are happening as a one off there is no need to worry. However, if you notice that your memory is being affected overall, it is time to take a step back and reflect on your life. It’s a sign that we need to slow down and reassess our lives.

2. Lack of motivation:

Have you been feeling lazy or out of sorts recently? You don’t have the motivation to wake up on time, exercise, eat well, or follow a regular routine? If yes, then think again because this lack of motivation may not be laziness but it could be simply due to our mind being exhausted. Reflect on your life and ensure that you give it appropriate time-offs.

3. Mood swings:

Have you been feeling more moody, irritable, and short tempered lately? Even the smallest things are getting to you? Or are you feeling rather low compared to usual? Nothing really interests you and you rather be alone than with others? If yes, reflect back and think whether you have given your mind a chance to take a break and relax. Mood swings are often a sign that our mind has taken in too much and is unable to handle more.

4. Physical symptoms:

Have you had trouble falling asleep lately? Have you felt that you have suddenly lost your appetite? Do you feel that your immunity has reduced and you often find yourself falling sick often? If yes, you need to reassess your life. These are all signs that our body is producing stress-induced hormones, which are causing these changes to our body.

5. Tremors and shakiness:

Have you noticed any tremors in your body? Your hands randomly start shaking or your eyes or ears start to twitch? Have you noticed any extra muscle tension? If yes, please accept that your mind and body is being overstressed and over worked and it is time to slow down!

Do you feel like this? Here’s a quick takeaway that you can save for yourself and even share with a friend who has been feeling stressed lately.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take a step back. Reflect on how you have been recently in terms of work, personal life, and other stressors. Provide yourself the help required, i.e. talk to friends and family who may be able to help, rearrange your schedule so that it is more balanced or seek professional help. It is important that you don’t ignore these signs as the faster you provide yourself the help, the sooner you will feel better!

Note: Our mental health determines a lot of things for us and it is our responsibility to help to stay better informed about it. Read about the many aspects of mental health in our articles here.  Read more articles from our expert on mental health, Ishita Pateria, right here.

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