674: EMOTIONALLY DRAINED

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” —Joshua J. Marine

emotionally drained

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

Whew! That was a lot.

That’s why feeling emotionally drained is also one sign of burnout.

Many people feeling emotionally drained feel like they have no power or control over what happens in life. If this is happening to you, you may feel “stuck” or “trapped” in a situation. You may also feel like no matter what you do, you can’t move forward.

Why?

Becoming emotionally drained often begins when too many things pull you in too many ways.

When that happens, you may feel:

  • Disconnected or distant from your spouse
  • Less intimacy in your marriage
  • As if you have less time for one another
  • Less interested in sex

Not to mention these feelings also affect your ability to communicate with one another. If you are feeling all these things and not communicating how you are feeling, you’ll find yourself in a life stuck on the repeat cycle.

When you look at the combination of what is taking your energy and what happens when you don’t have energy to give your marriage, it’s a giant wake up call.

Kids and work aren’t going anywhere and for many, these are two areas that you can easily get swept up in.

Take a minute to think about what will happen when you create a shift around those situations that are taking your energy.

Building emotional restoration is important to you as an individual and you as a couple. You may not think that you need it, but you do.

If there is someone or something that seems to suck the energy out of you and your marriage, you need to identify those things and create a shift in the way you engage with them.

Once you know what you are rehearsing/complaining about/being negative about, you can identify what you CAN change.

Maybe it’s the environment?

Maybe it’s what you say or how you say it?

Once you know what it is, it’s time to take action and create a shift.

Inactivity leads to exhaustion and stagnation.

Taking action means there is movement forward. You can move out of that state of emotional exhaustion and decide to move forward and find peace.

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