Managing Emotional Exhaustion

Emotional exhaustion is a condition that affects many people, especially those who are under constant stress. It is a state of feeling overwhelmed and drained by your emotions, which can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. Emotional exhaustion is often caused by chronic stress, such as a demanding job, financial difficulties, or relationship problems. It can also be a result of a major life change, such as the death of a loved one or a divorce. 

Symptoms of emotional exhaustion

  1. Constant fatigue: Emotional exhaustion can leave you feeling constantly tired, even after a good night’s sleep. You may find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning and feel sluggish throughout the day. 
  2. Difficulty sleeping: If you are experiencing emotional exhaustion, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. You may wake up frequently during the night or have nightmares. 
  3. Irritability and mood swings: Emotional exhaustion can make you feel irritable and short-tempered. You may find yourself getting angry or upset over small things. 
  4. Lack of motivation: You may lose interest in things you used to enjoy and find it difficult to get motivated to do anything. 
  5. Poor concentration: Emotional exhaustion can affect your ability to concentrate and focus on tasks. You may find yourself making mistakes or forgetting things. 
  6. Physical symptoms: Emotional exhaustion can also cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, muscle aches, and stomach problems. 

How to handle emotional exhaustion

  1. Take care of yourself: The first step in dealing with emotional exhaustion is to take care of yourself. This means getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. It’s also important to avoid drugs and alcohol, which can make emotional exhaustion worse. 
  2. Connect with others: It’s important to connect with others when you’re experiencing emotional exhaustion. This can mean talking to friends or family members, or seeking support from a therapist or counselor. It can also mean joining a support group or participating in a community activity that you enjoy. 
  3. Take breaks: Taking breaks is important when you’re dealing with emotional exhaustion. This can mean taking a short nap during the day, going for a walk, or taking a day off work to recharge. 
  4. Practice relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. They can also help you stay focused and calm when you’re feeling overwhelmed. 
  5. Set boundaries: Setting boundaries is important when you’re dealing with emotional exhaustion. This means saying no to things that you don’t have the energy or time for, and setting limits on how much time you spend on certain activities. 
  6. Seek professional help: If you’re experiencing emotional exhaustion, it’s important to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you identify the underlying causes of your emotional exhaustion and develop a plan to manage it. They can also provide you with tools and techniques to help you cope with stress and improve your overall well-being. 
  7. Practice self-compassion: It’s important to be kind and compassionate to yourself when you’re dealing with emotional exhaustion. Acknowledge your feelings and give yourself permission to take care of yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t do everything you want to do. Remember that emotional exhaustion is a real condition and it’s okay to take time to recover. 


In conclusion, emotional exhaustion is a common condition that can affect anyone. It’s important to take steps to address it before it becomes a chronic problem. By taking care of yourself, connecting with others, taking breaks, practicing relaxation techniques, and setting boundaries, you can help reduce the symptoms of emotional exhaustion and improve your overall well-being.

About The Author

Dr. Krisca is a highly-educated and skilled physician who has obtained a BS Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the De La Salle Medical Health Sciences Institute. She is a licensed physician and also a Registered Medical Technologist. She has received additional training in Hemodialysis for Non-Nephro Physicians on duty and has completed online courses in related fields like depression in populations from John Hopkins University and positive psychiatry from The University of Sydney. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of International Health in the University of the Philippines. 


Dr. Krisca is known for her outstanding skills and compassionate approach to healthcare that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Through her passion for healthcare, she hopes to make a difference in the world and help people lead healthier, happier lives. 

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