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Emotional Exhaustion: How to Regain Strength

Emotional Exhaustion

  • Emotional exhaustion occurs when exceeding your capacity for stress
  • Whether it is a job you despise, financial burdens, or the death of a love one, there is only so much stress one can handle before being depleted of emotions
  • There are various indicators which are sure signs of emotional exhaustion. Extreme fatigue, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations, and stomach upset are among the many signs of emotional depletion, or burnout
  • Taking a road trip to the country for the day will recharge your emotional batteries as you escape the usual daily monotony
  • Paint a picture or plant a garden. Finding your creative side will help in rebuilding your emotional limitations

Capacity for stress is unique to each individual. Exceeding one’s own capacity will cause an emotional shutdown as you begin to poorly function throughout a normal day. For reasons of job burnout, relationship issues, financial burdens, or the death of a love one, the overabundance of such daily issues will ultimately be the offender of emotional exhaustion.

Just as it seems things will never change and situations will never improve, emotional exhaustion will get the best of one by physical and psychological means. There are various signs which indicate this type of burnout. Sleep disturbance, irritability and nervousness, anxiety or depression, tremendous fatigue, and low self-worth are among the possible psychological disturbances. Indications of physical disturbances include headaches, heart palpitations, and stomach upset resulting in diarrhea or nausea.

When suffering from emotional depletion, there is more needed than just an attitude adjustment. Slowing down and taking a break from normal activities and other commitments is very important to resting, reflecting, and healing.

If emotional depletion is weighing you down, it is time to recharge that emotional gauge. Getting away from the usual daily monotony by taking a trip for as little as a day or two will recharge your emotional depletion. Even if just for the day, take a drive to the country. Escaping your daily surroundings will refresh your outlook.

People who meditate have found success in freeing themselves of emotional exhaustion. While meditating, breathing techniques are practiced which appease the mind as an inner peace is discovered.

Counseling is another avenue for overcoming emotional exhaustion. A therapist’s expertise may guide you through the daily hardships which seem impossible to pass. With counseling, skills to cope with the daily stresses which get you down will be learned. If you choose not to seek professional help, turn to your loved ones for support. Chances are, they already know you haven’t been yourself and would be glad to help, listen, and support. Sharing your feelings will relieve the burdens which bring you down.

Perhaps it is time to change your mind set on what your hopes, dreams, and goals are for the future. Since whatever you are presently doing is not working for you, find something to do that really makes you happy. Sign up for a painting class, draw a picture, write a story, or whatever else your inner being has always longed to do. A newfound creative niche will change your attitude and ease your discomforts.

Job burnout is a common cause of emotional exhaustion. You may find yourself in a rut with a job which you really don’t care for. Even though part of you feels fortunate to have a job in these uncertain economical times, that does not make you like it any more. Since changing jobs or careers is not always an option, find what can improve the situation along with your emotional state. If you are expected to do assignments unrelated to your job description, bring that to the attention of your management. Look into other jobs you would rather do or can switch with a coworker. Also, you are entitled to use your vacation hours. Even if your boss feels the company cannot afford your absence while you use your hours, demand the time off and get a break from the job for a few days or as many as you can squeeze out of them.
Finally, treat yourself good. Know that you deserve the things you enjoy. Splurge on something that makes you happy. If you’ve always wanted a pet, adopt a puppy. It is amazing how one’s attitude and state of mind can change from the unconditional love of a pet.

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8 Responses to “Emotional Exhaustion: How to Regain Strength”

  1. Landon says:

    I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve felt this in my life. There are just times when if feels like there are hundreds of things that you should be doing all at once and you can’t do it all and then that one thing happens and crashes you to the ground. It’s a terrible feeling.

  2. Eric says:

    While it isn’t always something that I can do, I’ve always found that taking a day or a weekend off and just going on a mini trip was a great way to revitalize myself and boost up my emotions. I can’t always do that, but I always try to take some kind of a getaway, even if it is just to the mall for a couple hours.

  3. Henry says:

    I had this when I hit a crossroad in my life. It was right after college and I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t sure I wanted to pursue the field that I was in, but didn’t know what else to do. I spent days worrying about it and trying to figure it out and then I came to a point where I simply didn’t care anymore and didn’t want to think about it. Those few days drug on and I’m pretty sure I never left my bed.

  4. Phil says:

    Yeah, I can’t count the number of times I felt like this when I was working full time and raising a family. I didn’t have a fancy word for it, I was just “beat”. You just keep plugging. But I wish I would have had the guts to tell the boss that I either took a couple days off or I wouldn’t be in any shape to keep going. Good advice.

  5. Nan says:

    My father died, I haven’t had a vacation in 5 years, my daughter is getting married and now I take care of my elderly and very needy mother who is still trying to live in her own house. I keep up 2 households work a full-time job, run errands on both my lunchtime and after work for work and for my mother, then have to spend time preparing (if I’m lucky) a meal for my husband and myself. Most nights and lunches I never get to eat because there is not enough time left in the day to cook something. I won’t eat takeout because I am on a diet for the rest of my life and I have just acquired my father’s estate to run. Help – no one can stand to be around me and I am so fatigued that all I do is cry.

  6. Lara says:

    To Nan, oh you sound like my mom and I just want to hug you! Bless your heart, I hope you get some relief.

  7. Todd says:


    Take a break and nurture yourself! Deepak Chopra will help:)

    T and J
    kabbalah dot com

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