Mental & Emotional Exhaustion

Are you on the cusp of mental or emotional exhaustion? Take action early!

You are not motivated to perform even the simplest of tasks, You are physically and emotionally isolated. Small irritations already make you lash out.

You probably blame your work, other people, or circumstances. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll be surprised to see that your own choices have led to your emotional exhaustion.

When you continuously get more and more on your plate and can never really charge properly, it may well be that at a certain point you no longer feel comfortable in your own skin.

When such a situation lasts too long, or at some point threatens to become chronic, you may start to feel constantly empty, tired and exhausted.

All kinds of complaints arise, physical and mental, which are not always easy to recognize.

When you suffer from mental or emotional exhaustion, your body reacts violently. The emergency brake is constantly pulled, as it were, to indicate that you should slow down a bit.

Because that often doesn't seem possible, it is often extra taxing to have to do all that work if you don't feel well at all. Often they are somewhat 'vague complaints', which people say are simply part of it.

However, if you experience them more often, take these symptoms seriously and don't underestimate that they can also be part of a bigger problem.

However, if you experience them more often, take these symptoms seriously and don't underestimate that they can also be part of a bigger problem.

What are the symptoms of emotional exhaustion?

The signs of emotional fatigue can be both emotional and physical. The most common symptoms are:

• lack of attention

• no or much appetite

• depressed

• angry or anger

• loss of willpower

• feeling of hopelessness

• heightened cynicism or pessimism

• more often emotional

• hypersensitive

• lack of inspiration

• nightmares

• constant physical fatigue

• anxious

• shaky

• headache

• palpitations

• lowered immune system which makes you sick faster and for longer

• weight gain or weight loss

• stomach ache from trouble with your intestines

• pain in body or muscles

When you are emotionally exhausted, you have a high chance of burnout. It is important to take your symptoms seriously and seek appropriate help if necessary.
Psychological complaints

When you are constantly overloaded, you can't get to your own thoughts and don't seem to have time to do something nice from time to time to relax, your mental state often deteriorates rapidly.

It is quite normal to be a little more pessimistic from time to time, but here too the following applies: if you experience these complaints more often, that is a reason to sound the alarm. Not only is it annoying to feel this way, but the cause of these feelings can be more complex than you think.

So pay extra attention to yourself with the following symptoms!

Lack of concentration
No more creativity or imagination
You have run out of patience to listen to or pay attention to people
You don't care all that much anymore
You wonder what you are actually doing and what it is good for
You're just setting yourself up for the worst
You feel like everything you do doesn't matter or fails
A negative self-image
Feelings of meaninglessness
Are you having trouble making real contact?
Increased risk of exhaustion

All people are wired differently. One can handle the most stressful situations without flinching, while the other may become disorganized more quickly.


Always doing your best and being ready when everything is completely perfect is of course a nice attitude. But make sure you don't ask too much of yourself. Especially if you are already overloaded, it is important to know when something is good enough. Perfectionism in the case of overload can also cause fear of failure. You don't start anything anymore, because you have the feeling that you can't do it 'right' after all.

Some people are natural optimists. Others think a little more and tend to worry . They see the risks of situations more quickly, causing them to worry more often and often believe in themselves less. Everyday situations often seem bigger than they are and the fun things sometimes seem like a chore. Fortunately, you can influence these thought patterns to a certain extent, but if you are naturally more pessimistic, that can sometimes be a bit more difficult.


Constantly trying to please everyone may seem to add to the sociability and harmony of your life. You should also be very much appreciated for your generous attitude towards others, which is not always the case.

By constantly preoccupied with what others need, you can sometimes fall short yourself. There is always someone who asks something of you, so that you no longer get around to what you find important and need to become. Concern about whether people like you and whether you are good enough can also be part of this trait.

In a busy world it is often very difficult to guard your boundaries. When does 'often tired' actually become 'tired too often'. How many bad days in a row you can have you start to worry.

Often the mental of emotional exhaustion is therefore a kind of sliding scale. A full and busy life.

We are all familiar with difficult periods, and with the right support from the people around you, you can often handle them quite well. However, if you start to get the feeling that you find your life more and more exhausting and you can no longer seem to feel pleasure, that is a time to sound the alarm.

If your battery becomes empty and you can never make it, almost serious complaints will arise over time, which take a long time to heal.