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Mental health is a broad term for a wide range of topics. Mental health can refer to:

  • Diagnosable mental health conditions
  • Overall mental status
  • Activities that sustain mental health
  • Issues that negatively impact mental health

Your mental health is a state of being. With or without an organic mental illness, you can experience mental health issues. Issues like:

  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Behavior problems
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • And more

Many of the symptoms affecting your mental health can be tied to your rest. Lack of rest and poor-quality rest can trigger mental health issues. Without rest, your ability to manage mental stressors diminishes and can create symptoms of fatigue and worse. 

Your rest is tied to your mental health. Managing your physical, emotional, and spiritual rest well helps keep your mind clear and free from worries, anxieties, and brain fog. The bottom line is when you don’t rest, your mental health suffers. 

It’s entirely possible to think you are losing your mind when the reality is you need to rest. Use this checklist to see if you are risking your mental health by failing to get adequate physical and mental rest. 

Symptom: Brain Fog

Possible cause: 

Poor quantity and quality of sleep 

Failure to eat high-quality foods 

Over-stimulation from screen time  

Symptom: Depression

Possible cause: 

Overthinking during bedtime

Being in unsafe relationships

Failing to remedy personal issues

Failing to take time off from responsibilities

Symptom: Behavior problems

Possible cause: 

Unresolved relationship issues

Allergies to foods or toxins

Suppressed anger or sadness 

Symptom: Forgetfulness

Possible causes: 

Chronic stress

Overwhelm in multiple areas of life

Overstimulation from dugs or alcohol

Sedentary or “checked out” behaviors 

Symptom: Anxiety 

Possible causes: 


Chronic worry

Avoiding important tasks

Overbearing relationships

Symptom: Fatigue

Possible causes: 

Living in crisis mode

Frequent illnesses


Each of these symptoms and the possible causes can present as a mental health issue and may stem from the failure to get adequate or frequent mental or physical rest. This means you or someone you love might be suffering a mental health issue that could be remedied by simply getting adequate rest. Don’t diminish the impact that healthy rest plays on your mental health. Remedy your brain fog and your behavioral issues by making rest a priority and including rest in your mental health recovery. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a physician or mental health specialist can help you evaluate your situation and create a mental health plan that makes sense for your specific needs. 

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