When you feel mentally and emotionally exhausted, you might not always know it, but it will manifest in the form of a few warning signs. You will feel extremely tired and overwhelmed most of the time, but you will go on because isn’t that what life is? No matter what happens, you have to “power through”.
“We all grow tired eventually; it happens to everyone. Even the sun, at the close of the year, is no longer a morning person.” ― Joyce Rachelle
Do you feel easily fatigued?
Are you sleeping too much or too little?
Do you wake up every morning tired and exhausted even though you’ve slept well?
When we are living a busy and stressful life, it can often feel overwhelming. We hope that our life will change for the better but instead, things seem to keep getting worse. Whether it’s your work, family, a difficult partner, or even a bad habit that you can’t kick, prolonged stressful situations can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion, also known as a burn-out.
Burnout is a state of mental and emotional exhaustion that may be caused by prolonged and excessive stress. It makes you feel emotionally drained, worn-out, and overwhelmed all the time.
When you’re mentally and emotionally exhausted, you feel trapped or stuck as if you have no control over your life. Burnout can not only affect your career, relationships, and the normal flow of life, but this chronic state can also even damage your health in the long run and severely affect your quality of living
This is why we must learn to identify the signs of a burnout and take steps while there is still time.
10 Warning Signs You’re Mentally and Emotionally Exhausted
1. You constantly feel tired.
Unlike normal tiredness, fatigue makes you feel exhausted from the inside. You feel like no amount of sleep or coffee can make you feel better. Your energy levels have hit an all-time low and don’t seem to get better.
2. You get irritated easily.
You get annoyed by even the smallest things. You only see negativity around you and you constantly feel irritated. You lose your temper over insignificant matters. You are highly sensitive to the negativity surrounding you and it makes you feel hopeless.
3. You lack motivation.
Lately, you feel like you have lost faith in life. Nothing seems to motivate you to make an effort to live better. You don’t have the will to get things done and you constantly struggle to find the necessary motivation.
4. You are always running late.
You are never on time for anything. You are late all the time as you lack the motivation to do anything. Nothing really matters to you so being punctual seems unimportant now. You don’t even have time for yourself anymore.
5. You experience anxiety attacks.
You experience fits of anxiety quite often. As you get irritated by even the smallest things, anxiety attacks have become a daily experience. You become unnecessarily worried and feel even more tired and exhausted.
6. You run away from responsibilities.
Although you don’t avoid responsibilities deliberately, you just feel too drained of energy by all the burden and stress. You feel like a victim and you just cannot take it anymore.
7. You feel detached & isolated.
You feel a kind of detachment from everything and everyone in your life. You don’t get affected by anything anymore. You don’t feel any strong emotions and there is a numbness inside. You feel isolated from your emotions and the world around you.
8. You feel nauseous and lethargic.
Nausea, lethargy, and dizziness are signs that you are too tired and need rest. This means your mind and body are experiencing a mental and emotional breakdown due to excessive stress.