You know the feeling, that sense of inner exhaustion that seems all-encompassing. You're missing your inner spark; you no longer have the enthusiasm that makes you want to dive into your day. You're not depressed, but you feel inwardly tired and and it's hard to get motivated.
These are symptoms of being emotionally drained, and the impact can reach across all areas of your life. In order to regain your emotional energy and equilibrium, you need to know what's causing the problem.
Here are five common causes that can leave you feeling emotionally drained.
1. You're battling multiple life challenges.
Challenges, big and small, are part of life. Most of us have the ability to cope with these challenges when they arrive spaced-out, with adequate time to recover in-between. But it becomes more difficult to cope when we find ourselves being hit with multiple challenges back-to-back. With so much going on all at once, you may feel as if you have no opportunity to regain your footing, and this can leave you feeling beaten down and emotionally drained.
2. You're dealing with the aftermath of a crisis.
You were facing a major crisis, you managed to get through it, and now it's all finally behind you. But instead of feeling better, you feel completely drained.
During the crisis, the body's most primal instincts kick-in; your sole focus is on doing whatever it takes to get through the situation without totally falling apart. Once the event passes, you reach a point where your body and mind recognize that you're in the clear. As you come out of that "fight-or-flight" state that you were in, your body begins to shift gears, focusing on recovery and replenishment. At this point, it's normal to recognize how drained you're feeling.
3. You're struggling with boredom.
Everything is going well in your life, and you're fortunate not to be dealing with any major problems or issues. Yet your energy is down and it's a chore to get through the day. If this describes your situation, you may be stuck in a rut and feeling emotionally drained due to boredom.
It's important to have activities in your life that you find engaging and stimulating; activities that pull you in, keep you alert, and give you something to look forward to each day. This builds you up, and helps keep you healthy and energized.
4. You're mired in relationship conflicts.
Occasional disagreements and upsets are a normal part of close relationships. The key is having the skills to work through these situations in a healthy, constructive way, so you resolve issues while avoiding unnecessary damage. If these skills are lacking and your closest relationships are characterized by constant or unresolved conflict, this can be emotionally draining to deal with day after day, even if other aspects of your life are going well.
5. You're caught up in negative thought patterns.
Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy due to how we think. Do you:
These negative thought patterns can drag us down and drain us emotionally. If you are susceptible to this, there are steps you can take to turn it around. Work on becoming more aware of your thoughts throughout the day, and make a concerted effort to replace the negative thoughts with something healthier and more constructive. As you change your thoughts, your feelings will be impacted.
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