8 Glaring Signs You Are Mentally And Emotionally Drained (+ What To Do About It)
Life is a never-ending rollercoaster that can offer us the highest highs and the lowest lows.
But when the lows outnumber the highs, the ride is no longer exciting or enjoyable. Instead, we end up utterly drained on just about every level.
When we’re being sucked dry of all our mental and emotional strength, the effects manifest physically as well as spiritually.
Unless we find a way to stop all our strength being sucked out of us, we can bleed out, energy-wise.
Does this sound familiar?
If you’re suffering from any of the effects listed below, chances are you’re at the “can’t draw blood from a stone” level of being drained, in body, mind, and spirit.
1. Unceasing Fatigue
Fatigue is something different from just regular tiredness. We can be exhausted after a few days’ worth of partying or running after sugared-up toddlers, but that kind of exhaustion can be remedied with a couple of nights’ worth of decent sleep.
When you’re suffering from fatigue, it doesn’t matter if you sleep 20 hours a day or drink 30 coffees in the span of a few hours: you will still be tired to the very marrow in your bones.
You’ll feel as though you have 500lb lead weights strapped to each of your limbs, and it might be damned near impossible to gather the strength to do even the most mundane of tasks.
This isn’t just an occasional thing. This level of energy is your default setting right now.
It just never seems to end. You certainly can’t see light at the end of the tunnel.
Adding to the bone-weariness of fatigue, insomnia can be a horrible way that mental and emotional depletion can manifest.
You are so very, very tired, all the time, and all you want to do is sleep, but you can’t.
Because your thoughts are racing at top speed and you can’t break the loop.
Just as you start to drift off, some worry will intrude and knock you back into wakefulness, so you can’t get that much-needed rest… which compounds the fatigue that’s already draining you dry.
The last time you had an unbroken eight hours sleep was… well, you can’t actually remember when it was, it was that long ago.
3. Illness Or Physical Symptoms
Are you having heart palpitations from low-level anxiety?
Or perhaps regular bouts of gastro distress or vomiting?
Do you have a headache that just won’t go away?
How about joint pain?
Emotional exhaustion will often manifest physically, perhaps unsurprisingly given how intricately our minds and bodies are linked.