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What is Year End Fatigue?

Towards the end of the year, you will notice that it is more difficult to get out of bed every morning. You will lose motivation to complete your tasks and your daily routine will seem overbearing. What you are experiencing is year end fatigue.

How do I Know if I’m Experiencing Year End Fatigue?

There are a few changes in your behaviour you can pick up on to indicate whether you are experiencing year end fatigue or not.

What It’s Not

First you need to rule out a few things. There are other factors that could drain your energy. If you have medical conditions that require you to take medication that makes you feel tired, this won’t apply to you. Or if you are pulling all nighters to study, then this isn’t a result of year end fatigue.

What It Is

Usually around the end of the year, there is a rush to get things done at work. There are also family commitments that you need to attend to. A good indicator would be if you are struggling physically and mentally to complete these tasks. Especially if it’s tasks you can finish in your sleep.

Symptoms of Year End Fatigue:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Boredom
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness
  • Digging Deep – The Types of Fatigue

There are two types of fatigue that you can be experiencing during this time of the year. You can experience mental or physical fatigue.

Mental Fatigue

If you are creative or need your brain to perform tasks, you will experience mental fatigue. You will notice that you can no longer come up with cool new ideas for work.

But mental fatigue can also be experienced by people in other career paths. Things such as unhappiness, tiredness and lack of motivation are all classified as mental fatigue.

Physical Fatigue

If your work consists of performing physical labour, experiencing this type of fatigue is common. Signs of physical fatigue include muscle and joint pain.

But it’s not just workers who perform heavy lifting that experience this type of fatigue. People who have to take public transport to work, stand on the bus or train to and from work, or sit in front of a computer can also experience physical fatigue.

To read more about end of the year fatigue and how to deal with it follow our next blog.

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