People who are emotionally numb describe themselves as being without emotion, often combined with a lack of interest in things they once enjoyed.

This can be a pretty crummy state for you to live in for an extended length of time.

The first step in feeling your emotions again is identifying the cause of your problem. Below are a list of potential causes of being emotionally numb.

15. Medications

Different types of behavioral medications can cause emotions to seem subdued or dulled.

If you notice a lack of emotions after beginning a new prescription regiment, contact the prescribing doctor immediately.

The physician can assess your condition and determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

Never be afraid to reach out to another doctor for a second opinion if you are feeling uncomfortable on any prescription or treatment plan.  It’s your body and mind; you should be confident about how you are treating it.

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14. You are Physically Exhausted

The more exhausted your body is, the harder it is to feel your emotions.

If you have spent a lot of time doing physical labor or intense exercise, your body may be too tired for you to process your emotions properly.

It takes a lot of effort for our bodies to function, let alone think properly. It takes just as much effort to create and experience emotions within ourselves.

If you are feeling overly tired, get plenty of sleep and rest. This can also sometimes be a masked problem.

Something as simple as having a bad bed can cause you to lose sleep due to discomfort.

This doesn’t sound like much of a problem… until you’ve spent six months getting less and less sleep.  This will eventually lead to being seriously overtired.  You may find yourself walking around like a zombie on sleeping pills.

You should aim for deep comfortable sleep, around eight hours each day is ideal.

13. You are Mentally Exhausted

Mental exhaustion is usually caused by stress and can sometimes lead to dulled emotions.

Putting a lot of mental exertion forth in a very short period will eventually lead to stress or exhaustion.

A common example of mental exhaustion stems from intense study periods students subject themselves to during final examinations.

This so called “cramming” can lead students to feel anxiety, have panic attacks, and in some cases feel no emotions at all.

Luckily, taking regular breaks from your work and getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night will help bring your emotions back.

Mental exhaustion can also be caused from prolonged stress.

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12. You are Always Stressed Out

Long term stress can lead you to emotional numbness, anxiety or depression.

Stress is extremely taxing on the body. It can cause muscle cramps, headaches and even high blood pressure!

It is important to identify the root cause of the stress and take actions to remove any unnecessary triggers from your life.

Attempting to accomplish too many things will only lead to burn out, which is dreadful and should be avoided like the plague.

Instead of overachieving every single day, work on your time management skills and schedule time to accomplish your goals throughout the week.

Make sure you do this in a reasonable way.  You need to schedule time for relaxation, family and friends as well as work.

Deep breathing exercises are one excellent way to help reduce pent up stress quickly. The more you practice, the more this practice will help you.

Slowly counting your inhalations and exhalations while falling asleep is an easy and beneficial practice. It will help you let go of your daily stress and fall asleep faster.

Physically writing with pen and paper can be a great way to identify the cause of your stress. Set a timer for half an hour and jot down whatever comes to mind – about anything. You may be surprised with the results of your writing session!

11. You Live in an Insecure Situation

If you live in a place where people are fighting, disappearing, reappearing, abusive or otherwise inconsistent, it could be considered an insecure living situation.

One requirement everyone needs to feel content, is a safe and secure home. If your living situation is insecure, it may eventually cause you to feel emotionally numb.

The roller-coaster of living in an unpredictable home can cause people to put up mental barriers that prevent external sources from creating an emotional response within them.

If it is safe to discuss the situation with the other members of the household, communication is a key starting point.

Finding a more secure place to live is also an eloquent solution to this problem, but is only fitting in some situations.  Remember that you have the choice to leave situations.

If you feel unsafe, you should contact either authorities or a trusted physician for help.

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10. You are Unhealthy

Emotional numbness can be linked to overall health. Your body plays a large role in how you feel emotionally on a day to day basis.

Good nutrition and plenty of water are essential to feeling good.  Vitamin deficiencies are running rampant.  Millions of Americans are vitamin D deficient.

Taking a walk in the sun every day can help boost your mood and and soak up the D.  Talking to your doctor about any other deficiencies you may have is also a good idea.

The next step is exercise, and no – you don’t need rippling muscles.

Taking a brisk walk every day as mentioned above is a good way to get a little exercise and fresh air.

If you are having a hard time sleeping at night, cardio can be very beneficial.  It burns lots of calories and gives you an adrenaline and endorphin boost.

Finding activities that motivate and inspire you is the best way to move your body.  Try paddle-boarding, kayaking, hiking, biking, or jogging.

Remember SHEN (sleep, hydration, exercise and nutrition) and your body and brains will thank you.

9. You are Unhappy with Your Body

If you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin, it can cause you to eventually mask your emotions and feel nothing.

While holding yourself to Hollywood body perfection standards is not a great idea; being happy with your physical being is a positive goal.

Get out a pen and paper and write out a detailed description of your ideal body.

What areas are you holding yourself to an unrealistic standard?  What areas can you change through lifestyle choices?

Beneath this write out exactly what steps you could take today towards reaching your ideal self.

Think baby steps here! Do you want to change your hairstyle, eat less, take more walks or do a few reps at the gym? Do your goals require a little more research to reach?

I recommend picking one goal and working on it daily for a month. This is the length of time it normally takes to form a habit.

The best thing you can do is focus on your health and take steps towards becoming your ideal self.

The only way to become the person you want to be is to get started and to stick to it.

8. You are Lacking Hope

A key problem in some people’s lives is that they feeling they are stagnant, that they are not moving forward in life. This can lead to deep unhappiness and eventually to being emotionally numb.

This can sometimes be a hard problem to place, you can seemingly have “the whole package” and still feel unhappy or completely complacent about life.

Do you feel optimistic about the future? Do you have events or accomplishments to look forward to?

If not, finding new hobbies and setting smart goals may be deeply rewarding to you.

7. You have Unfulfilled Friendships

Having a few close friends or family members is important. Be sure to maintain these relationships, reach out to your buddies!

Go out for the evening or go on a trip together. Don’t lose touch with the people who matter to you.

Dinner, drinks, bowling, dancing, movies, playing pool, having cookouts or camping trips are all great ways to spend time with your friends.

If you find yourself without friends around, use websites like meetup.com or eventbrite.com to find people in your area who are interested in your hobbies.

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6. Your Intimate Relationships are Lacking

For most people, having a single monogamous lover is important. Having a meaningful relationship with a lover is necessary to your well being and overall happiness.

Prolonged loneliness from a lack of relationships can cause you to stop feeling your emotions all together.

The two websites mentioned in tip #5 can also be used to meet potential lovers. You can use your common interest as an icebreaker topic.

If you feel like you couldn’t possibly approach someone you are attracted too, look into online guides such as the video below:

5. You Feel Unaccomplished Professionally

A lack of professional success and achievements can leave a person feeling unfulfilled and even numb.

Taking on extra responsibilities at work can help with this feeling.  Working on advancing your career can be a positive goal.

If this sounds unappealing to you, maybe seeking out a new career or a new place of employment is in order.

If you are happy with your career, the problem may be that you are lacking in personal creative accomplishments.

4. You Feel Unaccomplished Creatively

Expressing our emotions is key to experiencing them fully. If you constantly bottle up your emotions and avoid expression, you may end up devoid of feelings.

A good way of expressing your emotions is by learning a creative skill.

Playing an instrument, creating a piece of artwork, gardening, or otherwise building or making something with your hands can be extremely fulfilling.

The sense of accomplishment will hopefully give you a mood boost and jostle you out of your emotionally numb state.

Watching and listening to powerful movies and music can help bring out emotions in you again.  It’s important to surround yourself with different emotionally stimulating content.

3. You Have Prolonged Depression

Depression can cause people to completely close out the world and stop feeling emotions all together.

Talking to a counselor, therapist or your physician is recommended if you feel like you do not have control of your life anymore.

Do not lose hope, you can become fulfilled and have a meaningful and happy life.

Learning NLP, CBT, REBT and/or mindfulness techniques may help you ultimately control your depression.

2. You Have Prolonged Anxiety

People who suffer from severe and prolonged anxiety can often suffer the same sort of physical problems as people with severe stress.

A constant worry about social situations or what may or may not happen can become  overwhelming anxiety and consume your entire life.

Having anxiety can eventually lead you to becoming emotionally numb.

Specialists who teach CBT, REBT, mindfulness, or NLP techniques can be helpful in curing your anxiety without behavioral medications.

Therapists, counselors, coaches and other practitioners may be trained to teach you and help you using these different techniques.

You can find a great deal of information about these techniques on many reputable websites.

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1. You believe strongly in one of the 13 Irrational Beliefs that are Holding You Back

Albert Ellis defined 13 irrational beliefs that can make you completely miserable if you believe in them enough.

Some of these beliefs are extremely common in today’s society.

To find out more check out the 13 Irrational Beliefs that are Holding You Back.

Sources

https://www.padraigomorain.com/13-irrational-beliefs-albert-ellis.html

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body#1

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm