You are not weak – you are tired. You feel powerless to the challenges life throws at you. Your mind can’t take it anymore. All this stress and anxiety makes you feel emotionally exhausted. It drains all the hope you once had that things will get better.
To fight this harmful mental state, you first need to accept you’re experiencing it. And after you acknowledge you’ve been a victim of your own mind, you need to give yourself time to heal.
Here are 7 alarming signs you might be mentally exhausted:
1. You get aggravated too easily.
Being mentally exhausted means you have lost control over your emotions and reactions to the outside world. This makes you feel overwhelmed and irritated almost all the time. All this fatigue and increased sensitivity are too much to handle, so you often can’t help it but overreact and later regret it. Luckily, you have people in your life who understand what you’re going through and never judge your reactions, even if they happen to be collateral damage at times.
2. You couldn’t feel less motivated.
The things that once inspired you to become the best version of yourself now mean nothing to you. Your mental state has crashed so badly that you can’t find any motivation to keep going. It’s like you’re stuck in one place, and you feel incapable of making even a single step forward. What you really need at such moments is to give yourself time to rest, reflect, and focus on your personal growth when you’re ready.
3. You’re experiencing severe anxiety attacks.
Frequent anxiety attacks are common amongst people going through deep emotional exhaustion. It is perfectly normal to feel that way, especially when you’ve been overstressed for a while. If, along with the over-exhaustion, you’re fighting anxiety, know that you have nothing to be afraid of. All you need to do is focus as much energy as you can in reconnecting with yourself and figuring out what works best for you.
4. You can’t fall asleep at night.
Even though you’re physically tired and your body craves nothing but peace, you find it extremely difficult to fall asleep. It usually happens with people who tend to overthink and overanalyze every single thing that happened throughout the day. Your headspace fills up with various scenarios that will probably never happen, but you still feel the need to look up at every possible situation.
5. You feel constant dizziness.
Feeling lightheaded all the time can also be a sign of emotional exhaustion. This way, your body is telling you that something is not right. Even when you have a nutritious diet, drink your water, and go to the gym three times a week, you can still experience nausea caused by your mental health issues.
6. You feel like crying for no reason.
In times of mental fatigue, you can often feel like the whole world is against you. Your increased vulnerability turns you into a highly sensitive person, which often leads to you crying for no apparent reason. The smallest provocation can make you burst into tears. If this helps, know that crying is your body’s way of soul-cleansing.
7. You become indifferent.
After the period of crying passes by, you become apathetic to things that once inspired you. Not only you couldn’t be less motivated, but you also have no intention to do something to improve your damaged mental state and the situation that causes it. At this point, you lose all hope that your life could get better, so you become numb to both good and bad.
In case you experience even a small negative change in your mental state, make sure you give yourself time to slow down and unwind. If it’s not your body but your soul that’s tired, you need to take a step back and start working on healing your emotional wounds. You have the power to survive all the challenges life brings you. All you need to do is take care of yourself, and you can overcome whatever comes your way.