Being under a lot of stress for prolonged periods of time can have a huge impact on our mood and the way we feel. However, when we become emotionally exhausted, this comes with several symptoms that go beyond our feelings, as it can manifest physically, too. Being emotionally exhausted can be confused with no more than having a bad week, yet we shouldn’t ignore any of these signs, as this condition tends to be a precursor of burnout and even depression. So, here we have five signs that should help you figure out if you are emotionally exhausted.
- You feel constantly irritable and pessimistic. One of the earliest signs of being emotionally exhausted is a change in our mood. If we go from feeling well regularly to an increasing state of having an irritable and mostly pessimistic mood, we might be experiencing emotional exhaustion. When we start noticing our mood simply doesn’t change for weeks, it might be time to get some help.
- You feel disconnected from what is around you. Another quite common sign of being emotionally exhausted is feeling in a continuous state of numbness and disconnection from what is around us. Whether it is because events don’t make us feel happy or sad, or because we simply don’t care about what happens with our friends or relatives, feeling emotionally numb is a strong indicator of emotional exhaustion, too.
- You feel physically tired all the time. When we are under a lot of stress, especially when we experience this for long periods, it only makes sense that we will feel it taking a toll against our mood and our mind. Particularly, we are talking about feeling physically tired for longer periods of time, and more severely than having a night of rough sleep.
- You feel like you can’t concentrate. Emotional exhaustion will definitely affect our performance, including at school and at work, even in our day-to-tasks. If we feel like, no matter how much we try, we simply cannot concentrate/ This is where being emotionally exhausted can turn into a more severe case of anxiety or depression, so we shouldn’t let this deepen into us, and start looking for help.
- You feel like isolating yourself. It is quite common to find ourselves avoiding friends, family, and even going to work when we are emotionally exhausted. Isolating ourselves from being in social environments might seem like a way to avoid emotionally tiring interactions, yet it is an important sign of burnout we don’t want to ignore. Instead of being isolated, we should look for support and meet with our support network, as they can give us the comfort we need.
“If you are emotionally drained, you cannot give.
Replenish yourself. A hollow cloud
produces no rain
and the earth dies of thirst.”