Riding on that crazy rollercoaster called life can sometimes be really tiresome. One minute you’re high up and the next second, you’re back down where you started. However, when the lows outnumber the highs, the ride is no longer exciting. Instead, you’ll end up utterly drained on just about every level.
Emotional and mental exhaustion is a state of feeling worn-out and drained as a result of accumulated stress from your personal or work lives, or a combination of both. People experiencing this often feel like they have no power or control over what happens in life. They may feel “stuck” or “trapped” in a situation.
A lot of people get mentally and emotionally exhausted which results in quite a number of unhealthy symptoms within them. These symptoms may disrupt your normal flow of life, affecting your productivity and relationships.
If you experience these signs, it is possible you’re going through a rough patch in life, and it’s time you seek some help:
You are easily irritated.
You are getting affected by smallest of things lately. You find negativity all around you and any minute negativity irritate you. You lose your temper easily. As days go by, you feel hopeless. The inability and the lack of power make you feel more and more irritated.
Unfortunately, this can mean you take your frustrations out on those closest to you – those who probably don’t deserve it.
You feel emotionally numb.
Feelings of numbness or detachment are a strong sign that your stress is impacting your mental health. Genuine exhaustion, or burnout, goes way beyond having a bad day or two. If you’re feeling emotionally numb, or disconnected from what’s around you, that’s a sign that you’re experiencing some pretty major distress.
Checking in with a trusted therapist or friend (or both) might help you get to the root of these issues, as you get support in the process.
You lack motivation in your life.
You struggle to find the motivation you need. The goals that once stimulated you to work hard are not enough. There is no desire to get out of bed or absolutely no enthusiasm to start your day. On a physical level, stress and lack of motivation can obstruct people’s energy levels to the point where they are experiencing fatigue, sluggishness, and even a lack of an appetite.
If you’re feeling an absence of enthusiasm for your job, relationship(s), or projects you used to be excited about, then a burnout might be sapping your energy reserves.
You have trouble sleeping.
Many emotionally and mentally drained people develop really unhealthy sleep habits, from sleeping way too much to not sleeping at all. Insomnia has been linked to a large amount of emotional and mental disorders, one of them being emotional exhaustion. So even if you are extremely tired all the time and all you want to do is sleep, if you’re burned out, you just can’t get your body to do it.
Emotionally drained people have a hard time keeping their minds quiet, so before going to sleep, they can’t help but think about past conversations and mistakes, unfinished tasks and huge to-do lists, or stress about the fact that they can’t fall asleep even though they are exhausted.
You’re always very tired.
Emotional exhaustion is, by definition, draining on multiple levels. Emotionally exhausted people might feel trapped by their circumstances, and the cumulative toll of this level of stress can leave you feeling extremely physically tired.
Fatigue is something different from just regular tiredness. When you’re suffering from fatigue, it doesn’t matter if you sleep 20 hours a day or drink 30 coffees in the span of a few hours: you will still be tired. This isn’t just an occasional thing. This level of energy is your default setting right now, and it just never seems to end. Extreme fatigue can take a toll on your productivity, your happiness and your overall well-being.
You feel detached.
You don’t feel you’re attached to anyone or anything anymore. Nothing affects you. You don’t feel good or bad. It’s like you are just a body without any emotion. You’ve gone numb. Whatever it is that you’re dealing with has drained your light to the point where you literally can’t feel the emotions you’d normally feel when you encounter a situation or subject.
This is sort of like depression, only instead of feeling weighed down by emotion, you’re weighed down by the absence thereof. If you find that you’re avoiding work, friends, or your partner, and are isolating yourself more overall, it might be a sign that stress is affecting your relationships and mental health.
You have a hazy mind.
Brain fog is common in people with emotional and mental tiredness. Burnout can seriously harm your cognitive capacity, and you might have trouble focusing your attention, remembering things, or making plans as a result.
Your focus is weakened and you take way more time to complete simple tasks. Therefore, you’re predisposed to make mistakes and have slips in memory. The brains of mentally fatigued people have a harder time concentrating and focusing on one thing at a time, because their thoughts are racing 24 hours a day, thinking about one too many things.