8 Warning Signs Of Mental And Emotional Exhaustion
Life has ups and downs and sometimes those downs can become exceptionally overwhelming, especially considering the amounts of stress people deal with on a daily basis. A person can only take so many stressful and emotional blows before their body can become exhausted, even beyond a physical level.
If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs, there’s a good chance you are exhausted mentally and emotionally and are in high need of some healing and relief.
Warning Signs Of Mental And Emotional Exhaustion
#1. It’s Hard To Get Yourself Motivated
Where you were once super hyped about life and motivated to get things done and conquer your to-do lists, you now feel like it takes all of your willpower to even get yourself out of bed an into the shower. Motivation feels non-existent to the point you’re not even sure if you care to get anything done anymore.
When feeling like this, people often feel they need to push themselves harder and shove down any feelings of distress of upset, which can actually make everything worse.
#2. You Easily Become Triggered Or Upset
When you’re so intensely exhausted, everything around you can seem exceptionally more overwhelming, even things that you normally wouldn’t even give the time of day. It can feel like even minor inconveniences are chipping their way through your armor and you start reacting outwardly towards the constant stream of stimuli, which can only wear you down further.
#3. You More Easily Can Begin To Cry
When you’re emotionally exhausted, tears can much more easily find their way to the surface and you may find yourself tearing up, crying or even bawling over things that normally wouldn’t get to you so much. Tears are a huge indicator that your emotions are stripped raw and need some time to calm, heal and be released.
If you feel the need to have a good, long cry, it may be a good idea to allow yourself to have it, no matter how ugly it may feel.
#4. You Have More Frequent Anxiety Attacks
Being exhausted and constantly pushing yourself to stay on top of everything, especially when you no longer feel the motivation to, can cause you to feel more overwhelmed when curve balls come your way and can contribute to anxiety and ultimately trigger anxiety attacks.
Everyone experiences anxiety attacks sometimes, but when they’re becoming too much for you to handle, that can be a big indicator you’ve got too much on your plate and need to ask for help, delegate, take a step back to breathe, take a break, etc.
#5. You Are Constantly Feeling Irritable And Irritated
When you’re exhausted, you may often find yourself feeling down and grumpy more often than anything else. You may slip into a constant state of irritability where even the most minor of things annoy you and further feed the frustration you have pent up inside.
This can lead to people lashing out at loved ones or reacting irrationally to things that don’t actually matter all that much. The less control people feel they have over their emotions can also lead to an increase in irritability and sensitivity to outward stimuli.
#6. You Have Trouble Sleeping
This may sound counter-intuitive, but when you are experience mental and emotional exhaustion, sleep can become a lot harder to come by, much less restful sleep. You may find yourself laying in bed for hours on end with your head spinning with thoughts and stresses and then when you’re actually asleep, may find yourself sleeping restlessly, having odd dreams and waking up feeling no better than you did the night before. This can also lead to you feeling foggy headed constantly and always wanting to take a nap.
#7. You Often Feel Nauseated Or Dizzy
Exhaustion can have an impact on the entire body. When you are exceptionally exhausted in even more ways than just physically, it can start taking its toll on your body and cause you to feel unwell most of the time and influence your eating habits and desire to take care of yourself. You may find yourself experiencing supposedly unexplained nausea and dizzy spells throughout the day.
#8. You Start Feeling Numb
When you’ve become exhausted and burned out for long enough, you can start to feel like feelings are fleeting and that you’re even too tired to feel anything. You may start to check out mentally and emotionally and not feel like you care about anything or have any desire to do a single thing.
This can be a dangerously dark and numb state that is one of the most vital warning signs that you’ve been pushing yourself for too long and need to step back, get help, get some major self-care practices in place (whether you feel like it or not) and figure out what you need in order to bring yourself back to the surface.
Taking Time To Heal Is Essential
Everyone is different and may have different needs in order to help themselves heal and rise out of this state of mental and emotional exhaustion. What’s important is that, if you find you are experiencing mental and emotional exhaustion, you take a step back, breathe, confide in someone you trust, tune in to your body and find out what you need to do in order to let yourself heal and come through this.
A person’s healing process can look like taking a vacation, like creating a new morning or night routine, like beginning a journaling practice, like dropping things from your plate, like letting go of unhealthy relationships and other draining influences in your life, like getting a new job, like spending more time outside, like weekly visiting a therapist, like taking necessary measures to get your health back intact, like beginning a new daily workout routine, like shifting your diet, etc.
What your healing process looks like is up to you and what you feel you truly need. Your body has the answers – it is literally crying out to you when you find yourself in a state of mental and emotional exhaustion. It’s up to you to listen to it and get the help you need.
Above all though, remember that you are not alone, that there are others who understand the struggle you’re going through, that there are ways to heal, that you have full permission to take the time it takes to heal, that you will get through this and that there’s always light on the other side of hard and difficult times.
Have you experienced mental and emotional exhaustion? What have you done about it in the past? Do you have and suggestions or tips for others who may be experiencing it? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear and learn from you.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Sara Wylie resides in Utah where she is currently working as an Editorial Intern for Fitlife.tv while also pursuing a career in writing. She hopes that through her words and fiery passion, she will be able to not only inspire others to seek out and nourish their own passions, but to also help others feel what it’s like to truly be alive.
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