Have you ever lashed out at someone you love for no reason? Have you ever felt so exhausted that you hoped you’d sleep forever? That life was too overwhelming to want to keep going? These all have one cause: emotional burnout. And it can be avoided and handled well, without putting you or your relationships at risk.
Emotional burnout is a serious thing. It’s complete and total emotional exhaustion. When we’ve used up all our reserves, feeling even the smallest emotion can overwhelm us. It can cause us to lash out and hurt ourselves or others. It can even drive us towards self-harm or suicide.
Behind all of these frightening things is simply exhaustion. You’re tired from feeling so much, so deeply, for so long.
And that’s okay. It’s okay to be exhausted. Emotions take a ton of energy to feel. Fatigue is totally natural.
Regardless, you deserve to feel safe when your emotions exhaust you. You deserve freedom from the fear that you’re going to lash out at a friend or hurt yourself.
Emotional burnout can be prevented and it isn’t hard to do
Fortunately, all emotional burnout can be handled and even prevented in healthy ways. Life is tough, but with the proper amount of self-loving rest, you can respect the fatigue and fully recuperate.
Emotional burnout requires specific types of recuperation. Often we want to keep pushing through and healing and growing, but emotional burnout requires total rest. The specific types of rest needed to cope with and prevent emotional burn out are talked about in this episode.
Once you have this planned out, you’ll be able to cope with exhaustion in all its forms. It will no longer feel like a tidal wave of overwhelm. Instead, you’ll recognize it as emotional burnout and swiftly take the actions you need to handle it.
Emotional burnout no longer has to threaten your life or your relationships. You can feel safe when you’re tired—far from wanting to give up and completely accepting of the fact that you’re totally exhausted. You’ll be able to set boundaries without feeling ashamed, giving yourself space to heal through this rest.
The first step to handling this is embarking on an honest inventory of what rest means to you.
Do you give yourself time to rest when your emotions are overwhelming or exhausting?
If so, what is your favorite type of rest?
When you leave your answers in the comments below, you may inspire others who are facing emotional burnout. You’ll show them empathy if you’re struggling to rest and you’ll help them if you have tips and ideas to share. No matter what your comment is, it could positively impact someone’s life.
Before parting from this blog, I encourage you to think of a friend who battles emotional burnout. They could use a message that says “your needs matter, you can take care of yourself and that’s okay.” Once you pinpoint this friend, share this episode with them. They deserve to know their rest is important. This friend deserves the tools to prevent the pains emotional burnout can bring.
Today, give yourself some space to rest. Whether it’s an hour or just a handful of minutes, lovingly commit to it.