12 October,2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
What is Emotional Exhaustion?
Emotional Exhaustion is the leading sign of burnout caused due to prolonged stress in a work-life and personal life.
People experiencing emotional Exhaustion often have an overwhelming feeling of not being in control of the day is one identifying sign of Exhaustion set in. Described as 'feeling drained' or 'mentally tired,' emotional Exhaustion develops slowly over time. It starts to negatively affect the physical, emotional, and social aspects of one's life.
What causes Emotional Exhaustion?
The predominant cause of Exhaustion lies in the disturbance caused by the work/life balance. Daily the body experiences many stressful situations, called triggers; these triggers elicit a response in the body, i.e., walking into a meeting with the boss; would lead to nervousness and sweating. When these triggers cause significant reactions in the body, the primary feeling is that of anxiety.
Due to prolonged exposure to harmful triggers, this anxiety response turns into chronic stress, leading to mental and physical Exhaustion in the form of burnout.
Though each person experiences life differently, here are a few triggers that can cause chronic stress-
How to identify signs of Emotional Exhaustion?
The burnout process is slow, and it is difficult to recognize the symptoms of the Exhaustion that has set in. There is more than one way you can identify the signs in yourself or a loved one; the signs/symptoms for emotional Exhaustion include the following:
These five signs are a few examples of how Exhaustion manifests itself in the body. The primary identifying trait to look out for is the physical signs your body is giving you. Follow up with them to understand how they affect your daily life.
Mental Exhaustion, unlike physical signs, has a more complex set of identifying traits, some of which are-
At any point, if these signs, physical and emotional, seem overwhelming to you and pose an imminent danger to your health, reach out to a helpline/ mental health professional; (insert helpline).
Emotional Exhaustion often results in people engaging in dysfunctional behavior. These are a few examples of behavioral changes to look out for.
At any point, if you or your loved one engage in self-harm or substance abuse, reach out to a helpline/ mental health professional. You can reach out to us at: +91 9741 476 476..
How to overcome Emotional Exhaustion?
The recovery process from emotional Exhaustion can start by making many small (achievable) lifestyle changes over some time. These are ways through which you can overcome mental and emotional Exhaustion: