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How to Manage When You Feel Emotionally Drained

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
May 22, 2023
May 22, 2023

Life can be demanding, and it's easy to feel like you're running on empty. Whether it's work, relationships, or personal struggles, we all have moments when our emotional energy is depleted. When this happens, we may find ourselves feeling irritable, exhausted, or overwhelmed. Don't let the negative thoughts creep in.

What Can You Do When You Feel Tapped-Out?

But just like a pitcher needs to be refilled to pour, our emotional well-being needs replenishing too. So, what can we do to recharge when we feel emotionally drained?

First, it's essential to recognize that self-care isn't selfish. Prioritizing our emotional well-being is necessary for our health, relationships, and productivity. Some activities that can help replenish our emotional energy include getting enough rest, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in activities that bring us joy.

Second, try to identify what's causing the depletion. Reflect on the situations, people, or activities that drain your energy and find ways to minimize or avoid them. You may need the help of a professional to get through the toughest thoughts.

Sometimes, setting boundaries or saying no can be a form of self-care. So set your boundaries. If you're feeling drained because you're taking on too much, it's important to say no to things that aren't essential or that you don't have the energy for. It's okay to prioritize your own needs and wellbeing.

Most importantly, reach out for support when needed. You don’t always need to go at it alone. Talking to a friend, family member, or therapist can provide a safe space to process emotions and gain perspective. Sometimes, simply sharing our feelings can alleviate the burden of emotional exhaustion.

Things To Keep In Mind

Feeling emotionally drained can be overwhelming, but it's essential to remember that we have the power to recharge our batteries, and refill our emotional pitcher. By prioritizing self-care, identifying the source of emotional depletion, and seeking support, we can regain our energy and tackle life's challenges. So, take a deep breath and let's refill that pitcher!