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8 Ways To Re-energize When You’re Feeling Emotionally Drained


Life is full of stressful moments, but it can drain your emotional battery when it seems like everything is happening all at once.

 Unfortunately, you may not even notice you’re running on low until it begins affecting your productivity, relationships, or your health. So how can you 

get yourself out of this funk? The answer looks different for everyone, but regardless, it’s essential for you to take some time to recharge. 

Check out the following 8 strategies to help you recharge your emotional battery, whether you’re at home or on the go. 

1. Prioritize your sleep! Sleep is essential for your physical and emotional health.

To recharge your emotional battery, sometimes all you need is to get a bit of shut-eye. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, and aim to get between 7-9 hours every night.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, even naps can come with a few mental health benefits: “A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.”

2. Eliminate your stressors.

Although it isn’t always possible, one of the best things you can do is evaluate and eliminate unnecessary stress. If your work environment is leaving you emotionally drained after every shift, look into changing jobs. If it’s a friend or a family member, look into setting a few boundaries in those relationships.

3. Get some exercise.

Although it may be the last thing that you’d think of when you’re emotionally drained, exercise is one of the best things you can do to recharge. Harvard Health says that aerobic exercise is vital for your head, just as it is for your heart. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout at your gym, either. You can go for a walk, do a yoga practice at home, dance around your room, ride a bike, as long as it gets you up and moving.

4. Declutter your life.

When our environments are cluttered, so are our minds. If you want to restore your emotional battery and clear your head, do some decluttering in the space around you. Does your bedroom make you feel stressed or at peace? What about your office space? Get rid of the things that don’t serve you, and reorganize your space.

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5. Meditate.

If you haven’t tried mindfulness before, now is the time to give it a go. Mindful practices like paying attention to your five senses or focusing on your breathing are the perfect way to recharge your emotional battery. Research has shown that people who do this in stressful situations, like at work, experience lower levels of emotional exhaustion than those who don’t. If you’re a beginner, download a mediation app like Calm or Insight Timer to help you get started.

6. Spend some time on your own.

Take a step back from the world around you. So when you’re feeling emotionally drained, spend some time alone to recharge. Be present in the moment and one with yourself. Fill the time with encouraging images, sounds, or other things that inspire you. The more time you’re present with yourself, the more you’ll find your emotional energy tank refueling.

7. Invest in your support system.

Bottling everything up doesn’t do anyone any favors. If you need to recharge your battery but don’t feel like being alone will do you any good, talk it out. Go out for a coffee with a friend, or vent about work stress with a coworker. Not only will you get it all out, but you may hear some valuable advice from whoever you open up to.

8. See a therapist. 

It takes courage to take the first step and seek therapy, but it can help you talk through the things that are causing you to feel emotionally drained. Not only that, but they can also offer you practical solutions that will help you create a better life.

The bottom line

With a few easy ways to recharge your emotional battery, you can get back to running on full sooner rather than later. Once your emotional battery is fully charged, you can re-adjust and re-evaluate where you spend most of your energy and time, preventing the feeling from returning.

Remember, the first step is to acknowledge that you’re emotionally drained. Once you do that, you’ll carve the way for you to recover and get back to feeling like yourself again.

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