Grief and Self-Compassion
Grief is one thing that all of us will face at some point in our lives. However, grief is also a feeling that we struggle to really understand or grapple with. In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross …
Over the weekend, I saw the new movie Elvis in theaters. I honestly did not know much about Elvis before I saw the movie, but I left the theater feeling sad about the end of his life. Over his career, it was clear that Elvis was extremely overworked, developed an addiction to medical drugs, and was very lonely. Chronic exhaustion and being overworked seemed to be major factors that impacted his health. Eventually, Elvis died of a heart attack at 42 years old. The way I saw it, he was worked to death.
I do not think all of us are living and working at the pace Elvis was living and working in his lifetime, but the movie served as a great reminder to me of the importance of recognizing what is going on with us and our mental, emotional, and physical limits. It is helpful to be able to recognize the early signs of exhaustion and develop healthy self-care strategies.
Now let’s take a little closer look… what is exhaustion? Exhaustion, fatigue, and burnout are often used interchangeably; however, there are differences between them:
Exhaustion can show up in our bodies – through our behaviors, mood, and emotions. Our experience can include:
Emotional and Mental Symptoms:
Additionally, exhaustion can also be a symptom of mental health issues like anxiety and depression as well as medical issues like infections and hormonal imbalances. It is always good to see your doctor for your annual physical and bloodwork to make sure your vitamin and hormone levels are where they should be.
Whether you’re experiencing burnout, fatigue, or exhaustion, there are some self-care strategies we can practice:
If you are experiencing any symptoms of exhaustion and have tried to address them on your own but are not feeling better, please give me a call and I would love to support you in your journey!
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