We live in a society where a caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso is the answer to getting more done.
For some reason, we praise each other when we push through trying times.
Five signs that it’s time for a mental break
You never feel good
You just experienced the worst week of your life. Not only did you suffer from stress headaches just about every day, but you also were on deadline and really needed to be at your best. It may seem like you find yourself getting sick when it’s the last thing you need.
Why? Because stress takes a toll on your body, which in turn negatively affects your immune system; leaving you vulnerable to illness. The best way to avoid doing damage to your body is to prepare for stressful events as best you can. Take a mini-mental break. Do something that relaxes you. Then, make it a point to stick to your normal workout and sleep schedule and be sure to drink plenty of water.
You’re always emotional
Emotions can be overwhelming, but they’re meant to be felt. Sometimes the best remedy is to let yourself feel the feels. When you give yourself permission to experience your emotions, you free yourself from the stress that comes from trying to tame them.
While it’s beneficial to validate how you feel, it is a concern if you’re constantly experiencing feelings of sadness or defeat. If thinking of going to work tomorrow literally brings you to tears or if you feel paralyzed at the thought of cooking dinner, it’s time to embrace that you need a mental break. Spending time solely dedicated to self-care is essential to being your best self.
You’re stressed about things you cannot control
It’s easy to find yourself getting caught up on things that you can’t control. It’s like being mentally stuck. We beat ourselves up for missing a workout or for missing out on a job opportunity that we took too long to consider… or maybe it’s a failed relationship that you wish would have worked out. Either way, if you allow it, your mind will be overwhelmed with a heaviness that you can’t control.
Constant negative thinking, especially when it’s about something that you are unable to change, is like an attack on your thoughts. You have to give yourself permission to accept that you can’t change the past. It’s not possible. Take a mental break and give your mind the chance to release those thoughts and the resulting stress and you’ll feel much better for it!
Self-care is a distant thought
If you’ve gotten so busy that you are skipping meals to finish work or you’re rescheduling your doctor appointments to buy yourself more time to get other things done… then it’s time to evaluate your life. While your obligations are important, you can’t do any of it if you don’t take care of yourself. Your health must be a priority. When you don’t practice self-care regularly you actually cause yourself more stress.
Create a ritual of self-care that includes taking regular mental breaks. When you find yourself going through the motions of life but not really taking care of you, it’s a clear indicator that you need to do better. Always choose to take better care of yourself first… you’ll be more equipped to take care of everything else later.
You’re exhausted but still can’t get to sleep
The best way to recuperate from being sick is to get a good night’s sleep. But what happens when you can’t get to sleep no matter what you do? It’s one of the most frustrating feelings ever. You’re laying in the bed exhausted wishing you could sleep with a constant flow of thoughts running through your mind. This is a definite sign that you need a mental break. The stress relief you’ll feel will put your mind at ease and leave you relaxed enough to get some sleep.