While living in a fast-paced and competitive society, it is not uncommon that one lives a stressful life. Struggling to keep up with social media trends, juggling between work and family, and working in a high-pressure environment can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming. Slowly but surely, emotional exhaustion will silently “invade” and affect one’s physical and mental well-being, especially the perfectionists who have poor work-life balance and self-care.
Looking out for symptoms of emotional exhaustion is vital before one’s well-being is jeopardised. Change in mood such as feeling anxious, depressed, angry, and irritable is one of the most common symptoms. One’s attention, memory and executive functions that involve planning and organizing are also affected. Those who suffer from emotional exhaustion are also more likely to experience sleeping difficulties and physiological problems like headaches and digestive issues.
Knowing that anyone could potentially be a victim of emotional exhaustion, we should strive for a good work-life balance by setting clear boundaries between work and personal. Getting adequate and quality sleep is also essential. Not to mention, keeping a positive mindset helps prevent emotional burnout too as the saying goes: “A day without laughter is a day wasted”.