What To Do When You Are Feeling Emotionally Drained

Life is busy…

Mine, yours, everyone´s.

That just seems to be the way of it in our fast-paced times; each of us feeling like we need to be as efficient as possible at work and at home – even in our so-called “free” time.

But constantly being on the go can wreak havoc on your emotions.

So, what can you do to take care of your mental state while you´re busy doing everything you can to live your very best life?

What to do when you are feeling emotionally drained

Here are a few strategies I´ve come up with to help make sure your emotional self is well-cared-for:

Acknowledge Your Feelings Each & Every Day 

Something as simple as asking yourself, “How do I feel today” can go a long way toward emotional self-care.

  • Doing this daily reflection shows you’re aware of your feelings and also indicates you see them as important. Performing a feelings-check ensures you remain in effective control of your emotions.
  • There will be fewer incidents of flying off the handle, making sarcastic remarks, or getting annoyed and showing it.
  • Stay on top of your feelings to enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Don´t Be Afraid To Speak Up For Yourself

When you feel you’ve been wronged or misunderstood, simply state your feelings and what you’d like to see happen.

  • For example, “I think my remark yesterday about not wanting to drive the four of us on the shopping trip wasn’t clear. What I meant to say was my car will only hold one other person, so I’m unable to accommodate 3 riders. Can you drive instead?”
  • When you speak up for yourself, you show yourself that what you think and feel is important enough to be noticed and discussed with those around you.

Stay Tuned In To Your Closest Relationships 

One thing to avoid is having relationships filled with angst, disappointment, and anger. You can do this by staying in touch with your partner and others you have close relationships with.

  • If the relationship is important to you, it’s worth your time and effort to know what’s going on emotionally with the other person. Plus, your emotional life will be more satisfying and peaceful when you do.

Make Time To Have Fun Each Day 

When you smile and enjoy life, the benefits to your emotional life are great. Happiness and levity are good for the soul. Enjoy at least some fun each day.

  • Engage in your favorite hobbies or tell jokes with your partner.
  • Have a chat session with your best friend on the phone.
  • Play cards with your neighbors or invite your buddies over and order out.

Find Someone You Can Talk To

Whenever you have negative, nagging feelings, they can weigh you down emotionally. Try not to get to the point where you begin feeling consistently upset or acting out emotionally with others.

  • Speak to somebody about those challenging feelings. It can be a close friend, your partner, or even a professional if you wish. 

Keep An Eye On Your Stress Levels

You have a responsibility to yourself to take whatever steps necessary to adjust your work load, due dates, or other challenges to reduce stress.

Step Away From The Negative Relationships In Your Life

Because relationships can be so paramount to your existence, it’s wise to ensure they are each as positive and supportive as possible. It can help to occasionally weed out those who stunt our emotional growth or detract from our emotional health.

Your body and mind are your most valuable assets. To get through each day both need to be kept in good shape. Use some of the ideas above to help keep yourself emotionally balanced – and be sure to schedule some extra me-time as well.

Remember…

You’re life is a blessing. Taking excellent care of yourself both physically and emotionally will allow you to enjoy it to its fullest.

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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