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  • Writer's pictureAmy Reeve

Exhausted beyond comprehension?

Why are you so exhausted?

Yes you’re going through a divorce or separation, but you have never known exhaustion like it, right?

You feel like you’re sleeping so much and still feel like you had one hour’s sleep? Who knew a person could sleep this much! Or, you aren’t able to sleep at all?

Do you find yourself having haunting dreams? That everything you do is exhausting; from going on a walk to making a cup of tea?

Emotional exhaustion can cause both physical and emotional reactions that can really effect you.

I know how this feels. During my divorce I felt like I was so tired all of the time. Some nights I was sleeping over 12 hours, other nights I could barely sleep at all, as my mind was racing and I got very little sleep. However much sleep I got I felt like I hardly had the energy to get out of bed in the morning and simple tasks such as making food or going on a short walk felt like mammoth tasks.

Here’s the thing, emotional exhaustion is very real when you are experiencing the type of stress that divorce and separation brings. It can:

1. Change your mood e.g. feeling more angry, hopeless etc

2. Impair your brain function e.g. having feelings of ‘brain fog’ or difficultly concentrating are common

3. Cause physical changes to your body such as a change in appetite or headaches

4. Impact your other relationships, for example those at work or with family and friends

What you need to do is remember this. Remember that you are going through a significant emotional trauma. One of the biggest life traumas that you can experience after the death of a loved one. Therefore, be kind to yourself. Exercise self-care wherever possible and whatever that looks like for you. Things such as baths, reading, journaling, going for a walk and being in nature, meditation, going to bed early can all be beneficial during this time.

If you wish to try journaling there is a free download available on the home page of my website with prompts to help you get started. Writing things down can release them from your brain and help your mind realise it does not have to keep replaying situations over and over again.

To find out how I can help you recover from your divorce or separation please reach out on my contact page for a free discovery call.

‘’And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life’’ (J.K. Rowling)

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