4 Ways to Overcome Emotional Burnout
Emotional burnout occurs when you are exposed to accumulated and ongoing stress that causes you to feel emotionally exhausted and worn out.
Emotional fatigue or emotional burnout happens when stress from everyday life (whether personal or work-related stress) becomes overwhelming, causing a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. Symptoms of anxiety and depression often accompany it.
You may also experience a lack of energy, disturbed sleep, and reduced motivation. Ultimately, this chronic worn-out state can cause permanent damage to your physical and mental health.
The Symptoms of Emotional Burnout
Emotional burnout involves both physical and emotional symptoms, such as the following:
- Physical exhaustion
- Trouble sleeping
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Changes in appetite
- Irritability and anger
- Feelings of hopelessness
What Causes Emotional Burnout
For most people, triggers of emotional burnout involve poverty, having a baby, working long hours, having a high-pressure job, living with a chronic illness or injury, being a caregiver for a family member, and other factors.
If you are feeling constantly worn-out, worried, apathetic, irritable, and sad, you may be experiencing emotional burnout. Talk to your health provider and address your concerns on time to prevent long-term damage to your health.
How to Move Through Emotional Burnout
Making certain changes in your daily lifestyle can help alleviate stress and reduce symptoms of emotional burnout.
1. Set the Boundaries
Try not to take responsibility for other people’s feelings and needs. Practice self-awareness and tune into your feelings instead of suppressing them. Learn how to say “no” to unreasonable demands or requests and make self-care a priority. Take a break from time to time and make sure you get enough sleep and eat healthily.
Although you might feel physically drained too, try to exercise for at least half an hour each day. Physical activity can help release tension, alleviate symptoms of emotional exhaustion, and boost your mood.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness exercise is a powerful way to rewire your brain in ways that affect your thoughts and behavior. Studies show that mindfulness practice reduces the activity in the part of the brain called the amygdala, which plays a vital role in processing emotions, and it is a starting point for our stress response. Mindfulness can boost your resilience, boost your mood, and increase optimism.
Also, mindfulness exercise can make you more attuned to your body’s needs. Focusing on your body can help you recognize stress-related somatic responses such as headaches or changes in appetite, and help address these issues on time.
4. Talk to a Professional
Seek support to help to manage emotional burnout. Someone who is versed in emotional burnout can help you learn strategies you need to cope with stress better. Some of the most effective tools in relieving tension and coping with emotional exhaustion involve relaxation techniques as well as CBT and ACT.
All these strategies can help raise resilience, strengthening your ability to adapt better to stress, and quickly bounce back after life challenges.
I have been trained many modalities and certified in some as well to meet my clients where they are and help them move through the stress and burnout they may be experiencing. To schedule a time to speak feel free to visit www.chatwithkamini.com.