- 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.