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Mental fatigue or psychological exhaustion exists and it is not only suffered by adults. Many children are also victims of this type of fatigue that is sometimes more disabling than physical.
In addition, it is a whiting that bites its tail, because being mentally tired makes us physically weak. This is how mental fatigue affects children and how we can help them.
Children who are mentally tired do not interact with their environment in an optimal way. Definitely, a tired, exhausted or psychologically fatigued mind responds to the stimuli around it in a different way. Children who are emotionally tired feel much more vulnerable and interpret what happens in their day to day in a much more negative way.
These are some signs that can alert us that the child is psychologically exhausted:
- It seems to be without strength, without energy.
- You have sleep disturbances.
- Has eating disorders.
- Shows clear signs of anxiety.
- Is irritable.
- Depressed mood.
- Does not show interest in doing activities that he used to enjoy and had fun with.
- Appears to be unmotivated or listless.
- He seems not to listen carefully, he is confused.
- It has slower reaction times, it seems "to be in babia".
It is very simple! Children are psychologically exhausted when they have to cope with too many tasks or obligations over a long period of time. Usually mental fatigue is the result of "too much demands" and "few moments of rest or fun."
Many times children are not aware that carrying so many activities and / or tasks forward is overcoming them on an emotional level. But, parents, we must be aware that children also get mentally fatigued, so avoiding demanding an excessive workload and allowing them time for leisure, rest and enjoyment is essential.
- Respect the timetables: Maintaining regular hours is necessary so that chaos is not established and the child follows a certain order in his daily life. The time spent sleeping, having breakfast, eating, having a snack and having dinner should be sacred. It is important that the child can carry out these activities in a calm way. And, of course, it must be given priority since they are basic needs that if neglected can take a toll on the physical and mental health of the child. Nothing can alter the time to eat or sleep. During eating or sleeping hours, nothing more than that should be done.
- Leisure time: Practicing a hobby during the week that the child has expressly chosen can be a very good idea. This will help you to disconnect from the more routine activities and obligations to immerse yourself in an activity that you are passionate about and that you enjoy.
- Break time: Having a break time during the day is vitally important. The child also has the right not to always be doing productive activities. It is necessary for the child to have time to relax by watching a little television, playing games, reading a book, drawing, listening to music, lying in bed or on the sofa, etc.
- Perform physical exercise: Sport is a great ally if what we want is for the child to feel calm and adequately manage the demands of the day to day. Physical exercise helps relieve tension and improves mood by making the child feel calmer and even helping them to fall asleep at night more easily.
Many times we feel mentally tired when the demands of the day to day exceed us. But, we must bear in mind that this also happens to children. And, we must not forget that the “urgent” (obligations, housework, extracurricular activities, etc.) cannot make us lose sight of what is really “important” (being happy and calm, in peace).
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