You know that feeling you’ve been having. You’re tired but you’re not sure why or where it is coming from. You know you are strong, brave and courageous but every ounce of you, deep down inside, is screaming at you. You try to fight it but it’s getting close to the breaking point. That’s emotional and mental exhaustion my friend.
The breaking point of “I don’t think I can do this anymore”. You ignore all the signs and symptoms that are warning you that something far more serious is happening to you.
You have now reached the point of emotional and mental exhaustion. Whatever it is that you have been going through has taken its toll and it’s screaming at you through these signs and symptoms to please stop, take a step back and have a good close look at what is going on in your life.
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Do you know if you are mentally exhausted?
Too many of us blame our exhaustion on stress or lack of sleep or other things but think about where your mental exhaustion actually comes from. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, the fact of the matter is, you’re there and you need to fix it and take care of yourself. If you see yourself in any of these signs of emotional exhaustion then it’s time to get to work.
Though I think there are probably way more warning signs, these top the list and if you are experiencing any of them, it’s time to take charge of your life. We are here for ridiculous joy and if anything is getting in the way of you having that, you need to take stock and inventory of your life to find out what’s blocking you from the happiness you so deserve.
The 6 warning signs of mental exhaustion
You lack motivation
When we feel lack of motivation, part of us wants to keep pushing and go so we don’t feel like a failure or unproductive. What ends up happening though, when you do try to push, is that you are now pouring from an empty cup and anything you try to do won’t be your best work and will only come from a place of desperation.
You are mentally exhausted.
What you really need to do is rest, recharge and take some “me” time. Release the need to work and push through this and embrace decompression and let motivation come back to you. Trust me, it will.
Little things are starting to upset you more and more
At one time you used to be a laid back, chilled out kind of person but lately, even the littlest things are triggering anger and frustration in you. Things that really don’t matter much in the grande scheme of things are getting on your last nerve. Ignoring these signs of mental exhaustion will not result in anything positive.
Rather than break down completely and hurt someone close to you, break away instead and give yourself the emotional nurturing your heart and soul so desperately need.
You cry for no reason
You’ve become an emotional basketcase and the simplest things have you crying in no time, for no reason at all even. You are way too sensitive when you’re not normally and that box of Kleenex has become your best friend. Your body has kicked into defense mode and crying is a great defense. It’s also a great detox for anger, hurt, frustration and mental and emotional exhaustion.
Cry all you want, get it all out, but eventually you will have to get to the root of the problem which is exhaustion. Fix that and the tears will slow down.
You’re starting to have anxiety attacks
This is a totally new thing to you. The first time you had one you had no clue what it was or why it was happening to you. Mental and emotional exhaustion will do that to anyone. Everything is causing you to freak out a little more each day and fear has taken a hold of you. Fear causes anxiety. Great anxiety. Anxiety is no fun!
Don’t get consumed with fear. Fear will shut you down if you let it. Find out what it is that is causing it, face it and let it go. Remember fear is an irrational emotion as well.
Sleep has eluded you
You toss and turn whereas before you never had any trouble falling asleep and having a good night’s rest. That doesn’t happen anymore. Your mind paces, your limbs are twitchy and you can’t stop any of it. Even though you are physically exhausted, mental and emotional exhaustion trumps that and you can’t settle your mind down long enough to fall asleep.
Grab some headphones and listen to guided meditations at bedtime. There are tons of excellent ones on YouTube. I also love listening to hypnosis audios. The trick is to listen to something other than your mind. If that’s not your thing, you can always try all natural Melatonin as a sleep aid. Many people still think insomnia is a random issue. It’s not.
Out of the signs and symptoms of mental and emotional exhaustion, this is probably the most disregarded one.
You’re starting to feel dizzy, weak and nauseous
This is a major warning sign. Your body is shutting down. It isn’t running on proper fuel anymore. If you’ve been feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted, chances are besides you not sleeping well, you’re probably not eating all that well either. Pay attention to this sign and symptom!! If you don’t, you may end up with something far worse than mental exhaustion.
Notice this sign and address it immediately. Remember your body is desperately trying to fight all these signs and symptoms of emotional and mental exhaustion but it’s having a really hard time keeping up. Your body is crying to you to please start taking care of yourself.
Many people still fail to realize that the physical signs and symptoms you are going through are often the result of emotional trauma or fatigue. Our body is a great indicator that we need to take better care of our mental health.
Symptoms of emotional and mental exhaustion
If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms of emotional or mental exhaustion please stop and take a look at what’s going on in your life, what’s causing these and get to the bottom of it and heal. You are no good to anyone, not even yourself, if you are suffering like this.
We are not here to suffer or be in misery. We are here for joy, love and happiness. We are deserving of this life. Also remember that only you are in control of your life. No one else. No one else can fix your problems for you but you. Please take the time to heal and honour yourself.
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