10 Signs You Are Emotionally Drained At Work

Emotionally Drained at Work


I am a firm believer that your work should fill you up rather than deplete you.

Work should be a passionate endeavor that, for the most part, adds joy and fulfillment to your life. It should energize you and give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

I know, I know -- maybe that sounds improbable and unrealistic. Work is work. It's the thing you have to do to pay for what you need and get a few (or a lot) of the things you want.

In fact, for many of you reading this post, work is drudgery.  It's exhausting and leaves you so wrung out that you hardly have time to enjoy the things your income affords you.

I've had jobs like that before. I've come home from work like a zombie, too tired to do anything except plop on the couch and zone out in front of the television. I've awakened in the morning with a low level dread, only to plod through the next work day counting the hours before I could race home.

Even with jobs that I've enjoyed, there were periods when I felt so emotionally drained and mentally exhausted that I lost that lovin' feeling for the work I was doing.

It took me a long time to realize that allowing my work to drag me down wasn't in my long-term best interest. Work makes up the vast majority of our waking hours.

If we're exhausted and unhappy at work, then most of our life will be spent feeling exhausted and unhappy. That's not how I want to live my life, and I'm sure it's not how you want to live yours.

If you ponder how short life is, then accepting this situation becomes untenable. Think about it for a second. Let's say you live to age 90. How many years do you have left? Multiply that number by 365 to see how many days you have left.

Do you want to give up any of those days to exhaustion, anxiety, and burnout? Wouldn't you rather reclaim your life and live it in a way that invigorates you?

If you're feeling tired and overwhelmed, maybe you think that's just your temperament or physical constitution. Maybe you think you have a low-level virus, or you need to take vitamins. Maybe you don't think it's your job that's dragging you down.

Here are 10 signs you're emotionally drained and some ideas for turning it around to feel energized, uplifted, and motivated instead:

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