Emotional Exhaustion: Is It Really a Thing?

simonne-lee1

Simonne Lee

Life Strategist

As our days get shorter, our ‘to do’ lists get longer and our goals just get bigger and bigger.

We’re all familiar with physical exhaustion, the body just STOPS. With mental exhaustion, you just can’t SEE your way out of situations. So how does emotional exhaustion fit in this equation?

Emotional exhaustion is simply feeling drained emotionally. You can’t handle another stressful situation as you’ve reached your limit and depleted all your emotional reserves.

Usually we acknowledge being emotionally exhausted once it has tipped into other aspects of our lives. E.g. when the body can’t be pushed further and/or have worn our selves out mentally – then we will have the awareness to check in on ourselves.

emotional-exhaustion

Signs of emotional exhaustions:

– Anxiety/Stress
– Increased levels of anxiety are one of the first signs to indicate emotional exhaustion

– Change in sleeping patterns
– Difficulty in falling a sleep

– Reactive
– Emotional in how to respond to situations and conversations

– Anger
– Getting angry for no reason

– Change in appetite
– Eating more or less

– Loss of enjoyment
– You step into auto-pilot to survive

We all have busy lives, cramming so much more in a day then we’ve ever done before. It’s completely understandable how we can get sapped so easily and our tolerance goes out the door. As our motivation starts to wane, it can be a catch twenty-two trying to replenish our emotional reserves.

Emotional exhaustion is a detachment from our self. Trying to get through our day and assume all the emotions that we ‘should’ be experiencing without actually allowing ourselves to feel them (living on auto-pilot).

If we’re able to recognise our own signs of feeling emotionally tired, before we are drained, we can effectively stop a domino effect of letting exhaustion reach all three aspects within us emotionally, physically and mentally. They are all intertwined however early signs will indicate which aspect is tired.

 

Here are some ways of replenishing your emotional body:

Meditation
– Such a beautiful way of reconnecting with yourself through breath.

– Mindfulness
– Just by choosing to place your focus on something with awareness, aligns ourselves emotionally, physically and mentally.

– Relaxing
– Finding that neutral place within yourself where you are neither on a HIGH or LOW energy mood. We’re looking for the CENTRED energy mood.

– Saying NO
– Learning to have boundaries that support your replenishment.

– Support
– Realising that you don’t have to do this on your own.

Many of us will need a period to emotionally unwind. It’s as if we’re peeling back the layers of experiences we’ve had so we can process them and file these understandings away. Being a female, I like to use our wardrobe as an analogy. We wash our clothes to keep them fresh and bright, we fold and put them away. You may even stop and look at your wardrobe or drawers, take in all our different styles on offer.

Now imagine that you’ve been washing your clothes and left them in a big pile. Every couple of days, that pile gets bigger and bigger. You have to start looking through your pile of clothes, you don’t know what’s clean and what’s not AND you keep washing only. Sooner or later, that pile is going to trip you over or just overwhelm you (another sign of emotional exhaustion).

Keep things simple and do a little bit everyday. Check in with yourself and see how you are feeling with focus and awareness (mindfulness). As little as 5 minutes a day will completely turn your life around.

Instead of your ‘to do’ list getting longer and find yourself living emotionally in the future. You get to experience JOY on a daily basis and as for those big goals, well life just got a whole lot more fun!! Who’s motivated now?

 

Follow Simonne: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Like what you read? Subscribe to our free newsletter for exclusive content and special offers

Related





  • Insta: Follow @rescu.com.au

    • #happygirl 😜
    • The very best beauty gift offerings for your nearest and dearest. From lux and limited edition, to fun and flirty stocking fillers, we’ve got #giftspo covered.
    • Not sure who I was throwing shade at in this perfectly captured moment 😂😂😂 safe to say I was preparing myself for battle. 💄
    • Forget mistletoe.. our Christmas gift guide edit has everything to jingle his, hers and your own bells. You know where to look. 🎁🎄💥
    • Naturally I have found the ultimate low key outfit inspiration for the party season.. this sequinned jump suit is perfect for a not so silent night... I mean who doesn't want to shimmy and sparkle like a Christmas star? 🎄✨⭐️
    • Got me some holiday glow tips from a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty mogul of the moment  @jesshart Exclusive interview on learning to say NO and a cute little how to beauty video #comingsoon @lumacosmetics @moskoscomms ✨✨✨
    • Long wearing. Glow getting. Multi tasking.  And now available in 13 perfectly matched skin shades. Trial team verdict says we've found your perfect summer skin. #beyondperfecting #foundation #concealer #clinique
    • Just the two of us ♥️#summertimefun
    • Summer is coming.. @tiffanyandco Summer Party and Fragrance launch. #allyouneed 🌸

  • Get your dose of fabulous delivered to your inbox.

    Sign up for Rescu's newsletter to get updates on top stories, horoscopes, trending videos, and inspirational content.

    SUBSCRIBE NOW!

    Get fashion, beauty, finance, health and love advice from our experts.

    Rescu is an online fashion, beauty and premium lifestyle site. Whether you are looking for fashion, beauty, finance, health and love advice you will find a wealth of information from our resident experts. We publish new content daily so don’t be left behind. Log on daily for the latest fashion, beauty and celebrity news as it happens. Subscribe to our newsletter and enter our contests to win fantastic freebies.