For the 5th year, I will be taking a sabbatical at the end of the year to take time to recharge. Although this is hard for me to do, the commitment to do so has been life-changing for me. I am still a work in progress with taking regular time throughout the year though!
Even in the middle of a pandemic, we live in a world that constantly tells us to go go go. Long workweeks are seen as a sign of victory and being busy all the time is the new normal. Most of us have, at some point in our lives, yearned to just take some time off and recharge. Have you failed to do so because you were afraid that it would appear as though we were slacking off? That is definitely a struggle for me.
And that’s what needs to change. We have to understand that this need to step back, relax and recharge is not only physically necessary but also crucial for our mental health. There is no pride in working all the time if we get burnt out and cannot achieve what we set out to. Hustling is essential for achieving our goals but is only effective if we are appropriately charged. But the idea we can work until we drop is inherently wrong. I ended up being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue two years ago and it was a rude awakening. For months I could only accomplish the bare minimum and other than that all I could do was sleep. It really taught me to regularly check in with myself and back off when I need to. As shared, I am still in a learning curve with how to do this effectively but, I am getting there.
Here are 4 reasons why you should proactively take time off to recharge yourself.
1. Better Focus and Clarity
An overworked brain is not good at maintaining concentration and focus levels. When you push yourself to work relentlessly, without the occasional breaks, you will find that your mind resists and loses its sharp edge. Taking time to cool off, rest and recharge is an absolute necessity if you want to have better focus and mental clarity in life.
2. Improved Productivity Levels
Contrary to popular belief, your busyness levels do not define your productivity. Instead, productivity relates to how optimized you are in accomplishing your tasks. That definitely does not happen if you are stretched out thin with your work and trying to burn the candle at both ends. Letting your mind rest by taking time to recharge is crucial in regaining the ability to remain productive in your daily life.
3. Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
We all know that mental health plays an important role in our overall well-being. Working non-stop, without leaves and breaks can, at the very least, affect our mental health. That, in itself, can lead to other complications like unexplained pains, lethargy, anxiety-related issues, etc. If not for anything else, setting aside time to recharge is essential to remain healthy.
4. Just Because You Want To
Perhaps the most important reason of all is that there need not be any specific reason. Sometimes our minds just want a break from the grinds of daily routine. Whenever you feel that way, do not hesitate to schedule some time for yourself. It is important to listen intuitively to your minds and bodies if you really want to remain positive and healthy. So, go ahead and take that much-needed break to recharge yourself, without feeling guilty. You deserve it.
At the end of the day, you are the best judge of your needs. Knowing when to stop and take a breather to recharge is just one of the things that you must be aware of in order to be able to carry on with your responsibilities. It may feel a little awkward at first (even though there is no reason to feel that way). Eventually, with time, you will be able to manage your mental health priorities effortlessly and lead a far more fulfilling life.
I hope the rest of the year is full of peace and blessings in spite of all the craziness going on in our world and that you are able to take regular time to recharge!
I will be back in January.
As always, I will be sending positive energy your way and look forward to being of support to you in the new year!
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