Detachment. The words “numb”, “disconnected”, “disengaged” or “senseless” ring a bell? You feel like you have fallen in some sort of a deep, bottomless well, an existentialist crisis, and nothing really gets to you? You often catch yourself avoiding human interactions or when you do eventually interact with people, you feel like you cannot bond with them? If this is happening, make sure to take some time to yourself to figure out what you want to do in life and heal your soul before moving on.
Over the top emotions, or no emotions at all. Extreme responses to daily life happenings. You either cry being triggered by a song or by what someone says. It brings a pool of emotions in you. And other times, you feel great. You get a rush of positivity, but you know it’s fleeting. Start working on acknowledging and processing emotions. It means you need to get in touch with yourself deep down, and keeping a journal often helps with this.
Long-term insomnia. If you are noticing signs of a lack of sleep, try to empty your mind of worries and try being more active during the day to fall asleep at night. Remember, a minimum of at least 7 hours is needed to keep your body function properly and to its full potential.
Nausea and fatigue. Emotional and mental burnout show through physical discomforts, such as having splitting headaches, overall body weakness, nausea, or dizziness. If you experience any of these, you should opt for a physical and mental recovery by boosting your immune system, sleeping longer, and taking one thing at a time. Physical exhaustion only reflects your state of mind, so do not rush to meetings, do not stress about details – just take a day off and relax. Easier said than done, true, but your recovery is in YOUR hands only.
You crave for a change deep down. You don’t know what kind of change, you just know you want one. You want out of your old ways; you need something or someone to lift you up and you can’t put a finger on the type of change you want, but you know that something has to change. You are worn out. You tried numbing your emotions; you tried not doing anything and let time heal you, but sometimes it’s the action and the freshness only change brings up that you need. And you are slowly realizing it. The key is to be open to new experiences in life. Don’t shut down. Don’t pre-judge the apple before you’ve tasted it.
Agitation and hypersensitivity. Do you easily get mad with your friends and family? Do you take everything seriously? Have you lost the ability to joke and loosen up? Shutting down and hurting your loved ones will not make you feel any better, but exercise or writing a journal, or even starting your own blog may just do the trick. Get all that frustration and disappointment out of your system by beating the boxing bag or writing about it in your journal—it helps!
Drained motivation. Your motivation is leaking. You are struggling to find the will to move on. You used to go to the gym and do all sorts of things, now you just don’t have the energy. You are unwilling to undertake the action or start a new chapter in life. This is something we have all had to deal with at a certain point in life, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever. This is just a temporary phase, so do your so-called silent period, wait until you gather the strength and move on. Take one day at a time. One hour even, if it feels better. Gradually increase your productivity as you slowly gather your strength back.
Nora Connel is a devoted writer with a BA in English Language and Literature. Her interests span around psychology, human relationships, and the inner self. She believes that writing has healing powers.