Fatigue is a feeling of severe tiredness that comes on gradually and requires a period of rest to recover from. Physical fatigue can be caused by repetitive tasks, manual labour, demanding work schedules, disability, illness or other disorders. Symptoms include chronic tiredness or sleepiness, headaches, muscle aches and pains, slowed reflexes etc. Mental fatigue is common among social workers, front line support, and others in human service professions as it is caused by recurring emotional stress. Compassion fatigue can cause you to feel indifferent to those appealing to you for support due to the frequency of the appeals. Fatigue is an early sign of burnout and rest is the remedy. Arrange to take a stress leave from work if possible or otherwise clear your schedule and prioritize resting your mind and body.