Jeff Dorris

Deliberations from Dorris

Jeff Dorris is the Editor of the Delta Dunklin Democrat


Emotional exhaustion

Saturday, June 29, 2019

I hear a lot of people these days saying they’re tired.

Not just tired but exhausted.

This is usually followed by a declaration that they haven’t really did anything out of the ordinary, physically, yet they’re tired.

These folks could be suffering from emotional exhaustion.

Emotional exhaustion is a state of feeling emotionally worn-out and drained as a result of accumulated stress from your personal or work lives, or a combination of both.

In other words, good old-fashioned burnout.

This condition can actually cause permanent damage to your health.

There is a long list of symptoms for this condition that includes lack of motivation, irritability, trouble sleeping, headaches, nervousness, depression, and of course physical fatigue.

This condition comes time. It’s more than just a bad week.

Common triggers are high pressure jobs, working long hours or working at a job you hate, financial stress, as well as being a caregiver for a loved one.

You can treat this condition by trying some of the following.

Eat healthy. Avoid those quick fix candy bars.

Exercise. Take a walk and try to get your mind off your problems.

Get enough sleep.

Eliminate the stressor if at all possible.

It all boils down to slow down.

Take it easy.

It seems like everything in our society has become fast paced.

We have lost the ability to sit back and relax.

This week make an effort to find a quiet moment or two, practice gratitude, and reflect on the positives in your life.

Ask any senior citizen and they’ll tell you life passes by quickly enough, we don’t need to rush it along.

See you out there.

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