Take a Break to Work on Yourself

Take a Break to Work on Yourself

So many people have fallen into the detrimental routine of staying up late at night, waking up at early hours, eating less, and rarely taking the time to appreciate their own body while somehow keeping up with everything in their life. You may feel like you have hit a wall- one where you will forever be stuck in a time loop of endless work.

Habits take time to break, a person’s actions repeated over and over create muscle memory that can be nearly impossible to stop. The work you do now may be very important to you, so spare time may not be a convenience that you have, but it is still important that your body has the ability to keep up with the work that it is being asked to do. 

CAREFUL!

Exhaustion from overwork can lead to serious medical conditions. You may develop health issues that have lasting effects on your future wellbeing. Read more about these effects here written by the Cleveland Medical Clinic.

In order to keep the ball rolling toward whatever your definition of success is, it is important to help your body keep up with what your mind- or those around you- are demanding of it. 

Breaking the Cycle

It may be difficult to let yourself break the cycle. People all over the world have fallen into the trope of working 24/7 and never taking a minute to do something else. People cut sleep just to get one more thing done, or so that they do not have to do as much the next day…unfortunately, it is inevitable that more work will pile on top of the things that are being worked on, and eventually, your body will no longer be able to keep up. You may have already noticed your body slowing down, succumbing to the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other health issues.

Ideas to Heal the Body

Instead of letting this period of eventual destruction of your body’s wellbeing happen, let yourself out of the poor routine society has led you to believe is necessary. In the beginning, it may be very difficult to let yourself go from all the work. The guilt and anxiety may feel like it is impossible to take a break, but this break does not have to be so long. If you sit down to complete whatever work has piled up for any more than one hour, take a fifteen minute break every hour. This break can consist of getting water, going on a walk, eating a nice snack (or meal), or taking a shower. 

As you feel more comfortable with this new routine, start adding things to it. If you are on a roll chipping away from work, find a place where you can come to a comfortable stopping point and put that motivation to tasks like laundry, cleaning your room, etc. If you build a healthy and clean environment, it may boost your productivity

Instead of passing out with your laptop still open, or your head resting on the pages of a book, set a time where you can put all your work down. For example, an hour before you want to go to sleep, stop working and begin to work on yourself. Wash your face, brush your teeth, drink some water, and do things that are irrelevant to your workload. Try to ignore any thoughts of working on something else or ideas you want to see through before your mind forgets- but if that seems impossible, get a notebook where you can write any of those thoughts down for tomorrow, that way you can rest easy and (hopefully) not lay awake staring at the ceiling for hours on end. 

At least every weekend (preferably more), treat yourself to something outside of your working areas. Go on a hike in a nature preserve, hang out with your friends, read that recreational book that has been on your mind for weeks now, or watch the movie that has been haunting your watchlist for as long as you can remember. 

 

Try talking to a professional. It is advisable to speak to a school counselor, trusted individual, or therapist that can talk you through any stress. 

Never forget that you are important too! Treat yourself and appreciate how far you have come.