Have you ever noticed your emotions the day after a very stressful day running errands, meeting people, supporting family or friends, working, and meeting deadlines? Have you awakened wondering if you could have done something better the day before? Perhaps you could have spoken more friendly to someone or have greater patience with someone.
You mostly feel tired, have physical pain, desire time alone, or want to sleep. After a full day, you might feel emotionally drained, foggy, or even depressed. I call this the emotional hangover. If you are like me, you desire to take time out of your day to reflect, to experience life at a more authentic level. You become sensitive to the world around you and experience everything with your God-given senses. But you never have enough time!
An “emotional hangover” is like a typical hangover, you remember certain details from the day before, you might feel guilty (even if you didn’t do anything wrong), your body may feel stressed or tired, and you would rather do nothing but rest. This state of emotional existence can last all day or even a few days. The only remedy is rest and some pampering.
I have tried 5 self-care tools that you can use after an “emotional hangover:”
I learned a long time ago that I could not be help to anyone unless I first helped myself. Take your overall health seriously! Burn-out, emotional exhaustion, and depression steal not only your life, but your motivation. Find ways to guard your strong emotional self, sometimes it’s all you have.
I’d like to hear from you! If you have things that help you recharge, share them by clicking on the “leave a comment” tab!
All the best
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Last reviewed: 16 Mar 2013