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Dianna Saa
Finish Fit boot camp has demonstrated to me that I am VERY capable of pushing my body to its limits. Prior to starting the class I was nervous because it had been a really long time since I had been physically active. With Finish Fit I am now 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, something I had been trying to lose for two years! Thanks Lauren, Brett and Armen for helping me lose 10 pounds in four weeks!

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David Binns
My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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Mentally Exhausted

What happens when stress gets the better of you.

You know the feeling of physical exhaustion. At the end of a long day or after a challenging workout your muscles are tired and sore and you just want a hot shower and a warm bed. But have you ever reached the point of mental exhaustion? Instead of your muscles being tired, it’s your mind.

Studying days for exams, having too much to do in too little time, caring for a loved one with special needs, dealing with chronic illness, or having to make a series of big decisions can all leave you feeling mentally, as well as physically, zapped.

When life feels overwhelming and there’s no time to relax and regroup, you may exceed your ability to cope with the stress. The end result is mental exhaustion. Wondering why you feel like you’re at the end of your rope? Here’s how to tell if you’re mentally exhausted and what to do about it.

Emotionally Fragile

Your emotional state can be a sign you’re mentally exhausted. You cry all the time or constantly try to hold back tears. You’re irritable and short-tempered. Everyone and everything gets on your nerves. Little decisions seem to overwhelm you and anxious thoughts won’t seem to leave you. It’s hard to focus on the task at hand and you keep getting side-tracked. You wonder if you’re depressed––you feel hopeless and helpless and lack a sense of motivation. All of these point to mental exhaustion.

Physical Tiredness

Mental exhaustion also manifests itself physically. You may feel fatigued and more tired than usual. Even though you didn’t do any real physical activity all day, you feel zapped at the end of the day. Heading to the gym is the last thing you feel like doing. All you want to do is lounge on the couch all evening. You may sleep all the time or feel tired but have trouble sleeping. Headaches or muscle aches and pains are also possible.

Behavioral Changes

When you’re mentally exhausted, it can affect the way you act. Some people turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with their negative feelings. You may argue more with your spouse and snap at your kids. You can’t relax and always feel on edge. If you’re experiencing a change in behavior, mental exhaustion may be to blame.

How to Cope with Mental Exhaustion

The best way to deal with mental exhaustion depends on the cause of the exhaustion. If you’re burned out due to caring for a sick loved one, you need different support than someone who’s overwhelmed from a stressful job. Here are a few healthy ways of overcoming mental exhaustion.

Take care of yourself. Yes, it’s important to put others’ needs before your own, but you can’t do that if you aren’t taking care of yourself first. Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, make sleep a priority, and take time out to relax and have fun. Doing these things will help prevent and relieve exhaustion.

Mental exhaustion can be a sign it’s time to make some changes. Learn to say no and cut back on the things you’re involved in. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk with your boss for a reduced workload, some personal time off, or use up some vacation days. If necessary, find a new job.

Make an appointment with a therapist. These experts are trained to help people in your situation. Just talking with someone about what you’re going through is helpful. A good therapist can also guide you through healthy ways of managing stress and teach you how to think rightly about anxiety or depression.

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