What is emotional exhaustion?
Emotional exhaustion is a condition born out of excessive stress at work or in personal life. This can leave you feeling emotionally drained and overwhelmed.
Causes of emotional exhaustion
Some of the things that can act as triggers to emotional exhaustion are life changes such as the death of a loved one or divorce, financial issues, chronic medical conditions, long work hours, high pressure work environment, raising kids, multi-tasking by juggling too many things and so on.
When one is emotionally exhausted, it not only affects the mood but also the mental health. This includes anxiety, depression, apathy, pessimism, thoughts of self-harm and so on. They might have brain fog which is a state where there would be difficulty concentrating, confusion, forgetfulness and memory loss.
It would be difficult to maintain quality sleep. They might find it tough to fall asleep or oversleep in the morning. It might be tough to get out of bed and manage life throughout the day.
Physical issues may manifest as digestive problems, heart palpitations, weight loss, weight gain, headaches, appetite changes and so on. These may also affect personal relationships and this includes inability to connect with others especially on a personal or emotional level, drop in self-esteem, withdrawal from socializing, losing deadlines, absence at work and so on.
Treating emotional exhaustion involves various lifestyle changes. If you think you have these signs, identify the stressor and work to remove this. For instance, if your job is causing you stress, then look for a new one that would suit your temperament and likes better. Switch to a healthier diet that’s well-balanced and abundant ion fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid sugary and processed foods. This will help you digest and sleep better.
Exercise, this not only improves your overall health, it also boosts your endorphin and serotonin levels which makes you feel good. Connect with a trusted friend and share your feelings. Consult with your doctor if needed and get medication.