Have you been feeling completely exhausted and burnt out lately?
Have you been trying different solutions for physical and mental exhaustion but none of the solutions are working?
It may be because sometimes our struggles are not just physical or mental in nature. Sometimes it’s not just our body or mind but our soul that’s tired.
“Soul exhaustion” or “Soul sickness” can happen if we have been ignoring the cries of our soul for a long time and not paying proper attention towards our spiritual well being.
One of the most prominent signs of soul exhaustion is the desire to sleep longer than normal and inability to carry out even basic functions like eating or exercising on time.
If we do not pay attention to these warning signals in the initial stages, it may lead to severe long-term health issues such as chronic anxiety or severe depression.
When our soul is exhausted, we may also feel heightened sensitivity and irritability and experience a constant feeling on living on the edge.
If we continue to live like this without taking the time to tend to our soul, we will undergo an emotional breakdown sooner or later.
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of soul exhaustion to watch out for:
1) We experience unexplained pains and aches.
Our mind, body, and soul are connected. If there is any imbalance in the one, it will affect the other. Therefore, if our soul or heart is tired, it may try to grab our attention by creating physical disturbances in our body.
We may feel unexplained pains and aches, dizziness, nausea, migraine or tension headaches, blurred vision or gastrointestinal issues without any medical reasons.
2) We experience anxiety or panic attacks.
When the soul is exhausted, we may find it difficult to find peace and the world may look all dark and confusing.
We may try various means of cheering us up by trying the things that used to give us joy earlier but none of these works now and this may lead to a sense of dread and hopelessness causing anxiety or panic attacks.
3) Difficulty in coping up with challenges and struggles that come our way.
Ups and downs are a part of life and we are generally equipped to deal with them but when our soul is feeling weary we may not even have the strength to cope up with simple challenges or difficulties that life throws our way.
It is very important to take a step back and take some time out to cater to our spiritual wellbeing whether by going for yoga, meditation, silence or spiritual retreats to gain the energy to cope up with life’s challenges.
4) We suffer from insomnia.
If we are not in a happy and peaceful state, it will become next to impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Even if we manage to sleep a couple of hours, it will be filled with anxious thoughts or nightmares and we will wake up feeling tired and exhausted.
And then we go through the entire day like a zombie, unable to give our attention to any task at hand.
5) We experience negative emotions like bitterness, anger, resentment or jealousy.
All of us feel negative emotions sometimes but when our body and mind is not in alignment with our soul, we will experience negative emotions like bitterness, anger, resentment or jealousy more frequently and vehemently.
If we are feeling more negative emotions like anger, jealousy or bitterness recently whereas we were able to feel love, compassion, and joy earlier, it could be because our soul is weary and asking for our attention.
6) We may feel extremely lonely even while we are surrounded by people.
When we are out of sync with our soul, we may feel extremely lonely even while surrounded by people. We may feel like no one understands we and we may not be able to trust people around us.
We may face an existential crisis and question the deeper meaning of life and how we are interconnected to each other. These are few questions that can be answered in solitude and therefore we have an overwhelming desire of being on our own than being in crowds.
7) We feel disoriented or out of sync.
We may feel like our body, mind, and soul are out of sync with each other. When we are stressed and anxious, we live mostly in our heads and are bombarded with racy thoughts, it becomes very difficult for our bodies to catch up with our minds and we may feel extremely tired or disoriented.
Also when we live more in our head, we live either in the past or worry about the future and in both the situations we are completely out of touch with the reality of present moment and we may feel like we are operating in some other timeline and experience being spaced out or dissociation from the body.
Mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help to sync the mind and body and provide deep rest to our soul.