Mental Fatigue

EmotionsToday is my blog post day. The problem is I just remembered this lovely fact. My first thought was to try and dig up an old article to finish off our month of medical conditions.

Then two words drew me into focus: mental fatigue. According to wikipedia, mental fatigue is a temporary inability to maintain optimal cognitive performance. The onset of mental fatigue during any cognitive activity is gradual, and depends upon an individual’s cognitive ability, and also upon other factors, such as sleep deprivation and overall health.

In the last month, I’ve dealt with two different medical issues requiring meds and doctor’s visits. There has been financial stress, a fender bender, a loved one whose health is failing, and bad weather. It has all added up to this moment with my temporary inability to keep up.

What can I do? Or maybe more importantly to you, what can your character in your novel do? We are told to subject our hero or heroine to battle after battle until they reach the lowest low. In Christian fiction, we then have them reach out to God, His Word, or maybe a fellow Christian. In regular fiction, the hero may draw from an inner strength he didn’t know he had.

Our heroine will give her last bit of strength to save the day, then will have the thrill of victory as she is finally able to rest and ride off into the sunset with her hero. But what about me?

I’ve already been to the doctor to deal with the health issues causing fatigue and should have more strength when all the meds are taken. We are taking measures to balance out the financial stress, and fix the car. The weather will adjust as we move into summer. I continue to pray for my loved one, allowing myself to grieve at the same time. I’ve asked friends to include me in their prayers and am taking more time with just me and God, listening to uplifting music and talking things out.

Mental fatigue. A medical condition that can push your character out of isolation to a place where they call for help and receive restoration.

Please take time to comment or follow or blog or like our facebook page before this month’s contest ends. We will be drawing for the winner of the Amazon gift card and 1 chapter critique by Christina Rich this evening. So there is only a few hours left!

Today’s writing prompt:Take your character and consider what would be the most emotionally draining thing you can do to them. Then do it.

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