Do you often find yourself feeling stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Or even just downright exhausted? Well, we all lead busy lives, and between relationships, career, staying healthy, and so on, it can be easy to ignite emotional burnout.
Keeping tabs on our mental health and energetic capacity is so important! If we’re not mindful of how we’re feeling on a daily basis, we may end up experiencing total emotional exhaustion, which can have serious side effects on our well-being.
That’s why I’d like to share with you how to set boundaries to avoid stress, and the burnout symptoms to look for when you feel like your emotional health is being compromised. If you’d like to protect your energy and combat burnout like a pro, read my top tips below!
Are you emotionally exhausted? It can be hard to spot burnout within ourselves. And unfortunately, if and when we do realize it - it’s often much too late when we’ve already pushed ourselves to illness or complete overwhelm. If you feel like you may be on the verge of emotional exhaustion, make sure to look out for some of the tell tale signs here.
Lack of motivation
If you’re feeling unmotivated to partake in your everyday work tasks or even the leisurely activities you normally enjoy, this could very well be a sign of emotional burnout. When you lack the energetic capacity to go about your day with enthusiasm, understand that your energy cup could be slowly depleting.
Nothing signals emotional exhaustion quite like our mood. If you notice yourself being irritable or pessimistic, this can be a signal that it’s time to evaluate your emotional stability.
You’re hard on yourself
Sometimes putting extra pressure on ourselves in our careers or relationships can have negative impacts. You see, seeking perfection can secretly sabotage your emotional health when you’re too hard on yourself. It’s one thing to set healthy goals and expectations, but beating yourself up for not being perfect can rapidly drain your energy levels.
Although sometimes we may not feel emotionally exhausted, our daily habits can prove otherwise. If you or even the people close to you notice behaviors such as endless scrolling through social media feeds, sitting around for hours watching television, or eating because you’re bored, it’s important to take a moment to evaluate your mindless habits.
Your relationships are being impacted
Whether it’s your friends, family, colleagues or partner, it’s usually the people we are closest to who end up on the receiving end of our exhaustion. When you are emotionally drained, you may find yourself snapping at a loved one or a colleague for no reason or feeling unable to support them. This can have a negative impact on your relationships in the long run - so be sure to take inventory on how you’re treating those closest to you.
The effects of stress can be relentless, so paying attention to our physical health is paramount to our overall well-being. Symptoms of stress include getting sick often, chronic pain, weight gain, loss of appetite, headaches, changes in sex drive, and so on. So staying in tune with bodily changes can help pinpoint the root of emotional burnout.
So how do we combat and avoid emotional exhaustion?
Meditation is my go-to remedy for getting realigned and back to my normal self if I’m feeling burned out. When you meditate, you give yourself the ability to clear your mind from chatter and heal yourself from the inside. Although it takes practice and consistency to get comfortable with the practice, meditating for even just a few minutes everyday, can provide significant healing benefits.
The practice of meditation has been shown to improve productivity, decrease worry and stress, and even boost energy. There are many different types of meditation you can try that will suit your lifestyle, like guided meditation, which is an excellent practice if you are just starting out.
Life may not always go according to plan and stress can be unavoidable at times. This is when communication comes into play. If you’re feeling exhausted - don’t hesitate to reach out for help! The simple act of calling a friend to talk about your day can be a game changer for your mood and well-being.
Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can be hard on our eyes, our posture, and our mindset. While that’s just one example, understand there are many reasons why taking a break is crucial to combatting burnout.
When you deny yourself the time to take a break, it can actually be hard to stay focused. Retaining information can become more difficult if you don’t give your mind some room to truly process what you’re absorbing. Getting up to stretch throughout the workday or taking a few minutes to do some breath work is going to be the healthy break you need to stay sharp.
Find time for joy
A great way to avoid emotional burnout is to make sure you are making time for the things that bring you joy. Self-care is such an integral part of our emotional stability that we’ve got to make sure we’re filling our “happy” cup every day.
Whether it’s a little downtime, getting exercise or sitting down with a good book, making it a habit to have a healthy mental escape is crucial for avoiding burnout. Again, the key is to make it a habit. When you make the intentional decision to find time for a little joy in your life every day, you are stopping emotional exhaustion right in its tracks.
So are you ready to rid yourself of self-sabotaging habits like emotional overwhelm and procrastination? Well, establishing an ongoing positive emotional health practice using the tips above can help you take back your life and combat burnout. And while you’re here, check out the Matrix Webinar, which is another great tool that explains how you can overcome the limiting beliefs preventing you from feeling empowered, worthy, and fulfilled in life. This free masterclass will guide you through the steps you can take to reprogram your mind for ultimate productivity and success. I can’t wait to see you there!
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.