Signs that you Are Emotionally Exhausted

Emotional exhaustion indicates that you are severely stressed and need a break to rejuvenate yourself. Stress might be healthy but only in small doses or short portions of time. Stress has the potential to create burnout and make you feel hopeless.

Emotional exhaustion usually arises when a person faces issues in his workplace or personal life. 

When people experience emotional exhaustion they feel emotionally drained, exhausted, overwhelmed, and tired. All these feelings and emotions tend to build up over a long time, though some of us are slow to notice the early signs.

This state of emotional burnout can not only make it harder to manage stress but even worse, it can lead to health issues if it’s not addressed. This can hurt a person’s personal as well as professional life impacting his everyday life, relationships, and behaviour.


Emotional exhaustion can affect anyone who’s under a lot of pressure whether it’s work pressure, long schooling, financial stress, or family issues. A person can show various symptoms such as low/bad mood, irritability, brain fog, difficulty memorizing, inability to sleep, changes in appetite, emotional unavailability, etc.

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Symptoms that you are Emotionally Exhausted


Emotional exhaustion severely affects a person’s mood making him/her feel cynical or more pessimistic than usual. They might lose motivation to work, socialize, or perform simple tasks. Gradually, the feelings can grow stronger making the individual feel trapped or disconnected.

Emotional exhaustion can often lead to feelings of anger & irritability, pessimism, lack of motivation, anxiety, apathy, depression, hopelessness, failure, etc.


Those with emotional exhaustion may feel certain changes in memory and thinking. These changes in the pattern of thinking and memorizing are often referred to as ‘BRAIN FOG’. these include: forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, confusion, lack of imagination, etc research suggests that burnout, which involves emotional exhaustion, is linked to a decline in three main cognitive areas:

  • executive function, such as planning and organizing
  • attention
  • memory

Cognitive changes can be especially challenging when a person is trying to juggle stressful situations, including work pressure or emotionally demanding tasks.

3. Sleeping Problems

While dealing with stress in abundance, regular sleeping patterns can be affected. If you’re someone with emotional exhaustion you could face difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. You might feel fatigued and thus end up oversleeping in the morning. Low mood or brain fog can make it hard to even get out of bed in the morning and also make it hard to get through the day.

4. Physical Changes

emotional issues and stress can manifest themselves in various ways including physical as well. The physical symptoms are very translucent and visible to the naked eye as they have a direct effect on the body’s functioning.

Some of the symptoms are: 

Changes in appetite, digestion problems, headaches, heart palpitations, weight loss or gain, etc.


Emotional exhaustion affects a person’s ability to function at their work or their home around their loved ones: there can be certain symptoms such as lack of motivation, inability to connect with others on an emotional level, frequent absence at work, low self-esteem, missed deadlines and lack of enthusiasm, poor performance at work, and withdrawal from social situations.


We hope this blog was helpful to you, your overall well-being depends on all three your mental, physical,l and emotional health. Be aware of the changes that your body might be going through and read the signs it’s showing.

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