Emotional exhaustion appears when we surpass that psychological quota of what one can manage , control and channel.
We speak, of course, of all those emotional universes in which it is contained from stress , day-to-day worries, the tensions that others give us, fears, the weight of the past, fear of the future and even existential anguish .
We all have very clear what is physical exhaustion; we know how to identify the symptoms and adequately attend to that state in which our body can not give more of itself and requires rest.
However, curious as it may seem, emotional exhaustion is not so easy to identify . Furthermore, we do not know how to offer an effective response, a useful and effective psychological coping strategy.
What we do very often is “swallow” one emotion after another. We place them one by one in our personal backpack without being aware of their weight and how they affect our well-being and quality of life.
Every day we move more slowly, with less enthusiasm, with the motivation off and the illusion on the floor.
Today in our space we propose you to become aware of this type of fatigue. Identifying and managing it properly can change your life.
What is emotional exhaustion?
Emotional exhaustion goes beyond simple stress or anxiety . It occurs above all in people who, due to their work or particular situation, live experiences charged with a high emotional level.
- For example, job responsibilities such as doctors, nurses, firefighters, teachers, etc., often cause to accumulate very intense emotions that do not have time to manage in their day to day.
- Also, facts such as having to take care of sick or dependent people , as well as living in a very demanding family environment, also generate a high emotional exhaustion.
- On the other hand, situations as common as having experienced a loss, a disappointment or a traumatic event in the past, but not being able to turn the page, also cause a progressive wear that can leave a deep impression in our mind.
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Symptoms associated with emotional exhaustion
We said it at the beginning: people know how to identify physical exhaustion, but we do not always become aware of the emotional.
These would be associated symptoms to be taken into account on a day-to-day basis.
- Hypersensitivity There comes a time when the smallest things affect us, we are much more sensitive , we cry almost for nothing, we get angry for anything …
- The low level of attention, we have trouble concentrating, we have small memory failures.
- Feeling of unreality Sometimes, we have the feeling that the world is on one side and we on the other hand, as if we were not part of the here and now, of what surrounds us.
- Negative thoughts and low motivation. Two dimensions that, if not controlled, can lead us to a depression.
- Emotional exhaustion derives in turn from physical fatigue. Moreover, it does not matter that one has rested 10 hours in a row, the sensation of physical exhaustion and loss of energy is constant.
Learn to manage emotional exhaustion
Sooner or later we do it, we become aware that “something happens”.
Sometimes, after focusing our attention on the physical symptomatology and seeing that ordinary medicine does not give us relief, we realize that the origin must be something deeper.
Learning to channel, manage and heal our emotional complex is not something easy , it is not something that we are taught at home or at school. However, we have our own resources that we can all put into practice.
Mindfulness is fashionable. However, beyond seeing in it a meditation technique, we must also understand it as a kind of philosophy.
- It helps us to become aware of what happens in our body and in our mind.
- It allows us to be present. What matters is the here and now.
- Also, it is very useful to stop the flow of negative thoughts , stress and negative emotions.
- With mindfulness we will understand the importance of favoring a dialogue with ourselves, in calm and in harmony.
Quality time for oneself
When was the last time you took time for yourself? Now, we talk about quality time, where we can relax, harmonize desires with actions, disconnect everything to tune in with our heart in an integral sense …
Sometimes, something as simple as walking or even talking with our friends can be as healthy as it is healing.
Learn to vent
To vent emotions is to remove weight from our backpack , to lighten it, to throw away those stones that prevent us from moving forward.
However … How can we vent those stuck emotions inside of us?
- We can ask for professional help.
- Talking with colleagues, with good friends or with people in the same situation can help us.
- Keeping a diary is also very cathartic.
- Perform exercise, paint, or carry out any activity that is pleasant to us will help us to relativize tensions and negative emotions.
Finally, we must say that, in order to manage our emotional exhaustion, it is not enough to stay with only one of the options indicated: the ideal is to carry them all out, without ever ruling out professional help.
Start today, removing weight from your emotional backpack is possible.