In the last two years, all of us have dealt with emotional overwhelm, whether it stemmed from the pandemic, financial concerns, the political climate, the actual climate, or some combination of these. Overwhelm breeds an unconscious (or conscious) need to unplug that can easily turn into a bit of mental laziness, which ultimately means we’re not tapping into our full potential to confront issues and solve problems.
I can’t help but wonder if overwhelm and the toll it can take is impacting our willingness to dig into the hard choices, tasks, and conversations we all know we need to tackle, but seem to be avoiding.
This isn’t to say that you don’t need downtime; however, if you’ve taken the time to recharge and still notice that you’ve been experiencing mental weariness or are avoiding tackling difficult challenges, deep thinking, or hard conversations, you may be experiencing something deeper.
Ultimately, this kind of lethargy can become a crutch that relates to our desire for a simple solution in a world and time when nothing is ever simple. It causes us to slip into a mentality that defers to the path of least resistance. True excellence, however, comes from deep thought, concerted effort, clear choice, and a willingness to disrupt and/or reorganize. Remember, if you choose everything, you choose nothing.
If you’ve gathered evidence of mental laziness or weariness in your life, it’s time to strategize to refocus your energy. Be willing to experiment with how you spend your thoughts and consider your priorities. But act with urgency — if your house was on fire, you wouldn’t not have time to call 9-1-1. Assign a similar level of urgency to address and improve your wellness by actively recharging your mental batteries.
Here are five ways to recharge and reduce mental weariness:
The chaos of these last two years has triggered a lot of unexpected consequences. On top of emotional overwhelm and burnout — and in some cases because of them — mental weariness or laziness is running rampant. Realistically, we’ve all been through some level of trauma, or at least an upheaval of how we viewed the world, and with that comes shock. But if we continue to live inside the daze, allowing mental laziness to get the better of our goals, plans, and resolutions, we’ll never reach our truest potential. It’s right there waiting for us, we just need to put in the steps.