Let’s define what emotional fatigue is first:
When stress begins to accumulate from negative or challenging events that just keep coming, you can find yourself in a state of feeling emotionally worn-out and drained.
What are some of the emotional symptoms of emotional fatigue:
Lack of motivation
Here are some physical symptoms of emotional fatigue:
Difficult falling or staying asleep
How to overcome emotional fatigue:
Recognize and then eliminate as much as possible what is causing you stress.
Get some type of daily exercise. Walking is one of the best ways to reduce stress.
Stretch daily for 5 minutes to relieve sore muscles brought on by tension and stress.
Take time off from work, and take stay-cations at least 1x per month. If you have the time to take from work, then do so, otherwise, plan on taking time off on your scheduled days off and have that time allotted to your care and well-being.
Practice regular self-care which includes taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Create space and margin in your day and throughout your week. Don’t overfill your schedule, as this will only increase stress. Slow down and don’t be in a rush.
Set healthy boundaries, know your limits, plan when you can, be okay when you need to say, “No,” and take breaks from those that drain you or who cause you stress.
Maintain healthy daily routines such as morning and night routines.
Take warm baths and use Epson salt, lavender essential oil, and light a scented candle.
Use an exfoliating scrub. Exfoliating scrubs can help recharge your body by improving blood circulation.
Change your diet to include whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lean protein. Avoid or minimize high-fat foods, sugar, and fried foods, and decrease caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of filtered water and green tea.
Allow yourself to nap. Your body has been working overtime and may need an extra siesta during the day. Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. Good, restorative sleep can heal our bodies.
Do something enjoyable often, or pick up an old hobby you use to enjoy.
Use aromatherapy essential oils such as lavender, place in a diffuser, use on your wrists, spray on your pillow at night, and/or put a few drops in your bath water.
Spend more time in nature, and if it is too hot or cold to do so, watching nature on YouTube can work just as well.
Listen to relaxing music-sounds of nature, classical, or even soaking worship music.
Lastly, and most importantly spend quiet time with God daily. Slip away and be still before the Lord. Play relaxing music in the background if you have trouble being still. You don’t have to do anything but be in the presence of God. Above all the tips you could do for emotional fatigue, having daily quiet time with God will renew your strength, bring peace and calmness, and it is where you can receive wisdom from the Holy Spirit concerning your wellness.
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