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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.

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 mental and emotional 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.

Signs and symptoms of mental and emotional exhaustion

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.

What causes mental/emotional exhaustion

Some think it’s our job or the stress of running a household and working. While this may be the case, sometimes it’s the people around you.

It could even be your spouse sucking the life out of you.

When you realize that it is your surroundings or people in your life that are causing this, your next time is to figure out how to either deal with them effectively or leave them and move on. Both are good options.

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The 6 warning signs and symptoms

Here are the 6 warning signs of mental and emotional exhaustion. If you recognize any of these signs, it might be time to fix it.

You lack motivation

When we feel a 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.

Helpful tip: What you really need to do is rest, recharge, and take some “me” time. Release the need to work and push through this, 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 grand scheme of things are getting on your last nerve.

Ignoring these signs and symptoms will not result in anything positive.

Helpful tip: 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. 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.

Helpful tip: Cry all you want and 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 hold of you.

Fear causes anxiety. Great anxiety. Anxiety is no fun!

Helpful tip: 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.

Helpful tip: Grab some headphones and listen to guided meditations at bedtime. There are tons of excellent ones on YouTube. I also love listening to hypnosis audio. 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 these signs and symptoms!! If you don’t, you may end up with something far worse than mental exhaustion.

Helpful tip: 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.

Mental Exhaustion Can Show Up Physically

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.

If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms of mental and emotional 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 honor yourself.

You are here for so much more.

I love you ❤

xo iva xo

Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

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