And I’m back after a short break from writing (read it as lack of motivation)… It sounds pretty bad, I agree. But here’s the thing, you ought to blame the Pandemic.
I mean the kind of uncertainty and prolonged doom that this has caused and is continuing to; that’s taxing.
While I was away liking my sorrows and venting away I realised that I’m constantly exhausted. The physical exhaustion has been pretty easy. If I feel tired, I plan my day in such a way that I can get away with a power nap or a stress relieving soak.
What’s been difficult is when you’ve to adequate sleep and nutrition with not a very intense day and yet you feel worn out by the end of each day.
I mean, c’mon!
How does that even make sense??
Post a whole lot of speculation, agitated evenings, grumpy mornings and un-willing days I realised it was nothing but my emotions that were tired of keeping up with the surroundings.
Then came the BIG QUESTION: As a psychologist how could i have missed the signs myself??
Just knowing the cause of my discomfort seemed to have eased most of my nerves and filled me with an excitement to find a checklist that would help me avoid all the helplessness that had enveloped me these last few weeks.
17 SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL EXHAUSTION :
- You find yourself focusing on the negatives
- You put people away (isolate)
- Your every action feels like a sacrifice
- You feel driven by obligations not values
- You don’t feel fulfilled
- You don’t feel connected with who you are
- You have a hard time controlling your behaviour
- You feel overwhelmed and anxious
- You have a hard time maintaining or setting boundaries
- You often feel irritated and irrationally angry
- You feel hopeless
- You feel numb or apathetic
- You lack motivation or purpose
- Your self-identify as a failure
- You often feel tired
- You find it difficult to concentrate or pay attention
- You find yourself forgetting things
This list was given by Sara Kuburic (MA, CCC).
Once I found this list I decided to make a list of ways in which I could recover from this exhaustion. While I’m sharing mine, I request you to make your own on a sunny day so that rainy days aren’t as grey!
- Sit down with myself and acknowledge how I’m feeling (you don’t have to justify your feelings; just acknowledge them)
- Make a quick list of 5 things that you are grateful for and feel lucky about
- Have a list of people who always lift you up and connect with them
- Reconnect with yourself- the things that you value and the principles that you hold closest
- Make a list of activities that you could practice for yourself and enjoy it (cook, garden, paint, practice yoga, dance, listen to music, read a book, etc)
- Focus on your physical well-being; adequate amount of sleep, having your meals at appropriate times, consuming unto 3 litres of water
- Distance yourself from social media for minimum 3 days
- Consider a massage or long bath or a session of meditation
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