Being one of those people who love to keep busy, sometimes it’s hard to tell yourself to take a break, especially when your to-do list is continuously growing, and more work and goals to achieve are added to the never-ending list.
Growing up I’ve always been taught to push boundaries and continuously strive to reach my goals, never really stopping for breath at times. As great as this can be, no amount of time management and organisation will save you from the effects of overworking.
The problem with people like myself is that as soon as I spend time relaxing, I feel guilty thinking about all the things that could have been accomplished.
Needless to say in the past, I have reached a total sense of overwhelming stress, which has lead to me burning out due to working so hard. It had even caused problems for my health, when eating and sleeping sometimes became more of a burden than a priority.
I soon realised that taking time out was essential. It felt like that moment when you take a glass of water at the end of a long day, not realising till that moment how thirsty you actually were.
Taking a break doesn’t make you any less motivated and doesn’t make you any less hardworking; it just makes you more aware of yourself and your needs. It gives you time for relaxation away from the crazy stresses of life and provides the time for you to take a step back to re-evaluate.
Things I do to relax include taking a long bath whilst listening to my favourite music, painting, writing poetry, drinking tea, baking and spending time with the people I love. Taking advice from Gandhi, ‘there is more to life than increasing its speed.’