The past few months of my life have been pretty hectic. I finished up my last semester of college, consisting of seventeen credits, while working two jobs and planning a wedding. When summer came, I had an internship and still a lot of wedding details to get under control. I’m not complaining about any of it. I chose to take on each and every thing. But, it was a LOT. Once I was graduated and married, I took some time to sit back and really relax. And it was so needed.
Relaxing can be hard for me. I’m the type of person that always needs to be doing something. In the back of my mind, I am always thinking of the next three things I need to take care of and how I’m going to organize my time to get it all done. This, of course,
was very helpful for time management in school, but not so helpful for wanting to relax.
But, I stuffed my need for productivity and took a breather. I watched movies. I spent time with friends. I watched TV. I slept in. I spent an inordinate amount of time on social media (it can be relaxing, okay?). I spent time doing fun things with the family, both extended and immediate. I allowed myself to stop running ten million miles a minute. And here’s what happened.
- I feel less stressed. I still have things I need to do. I have a running list of what needs to be done before I move and what needs to be done to really start up my career. But I don’t feel the need to have them in the back of my mind all the time. I can shut it off sometimes. Which is so satisfying. Along with knowing what I need to do, I also know what I need to balance it with to keep me sane. That balance is different for everyone, so figure out what works for you and implement it into your life.
- I feel rested. I actually get enough sleep most nights. I just looked at my handy sleep tracker and saw that one night I got nine and a half hours of sleep. Nine and a half! Apparently, I was tired. I let myself sleep in and was able to catch up on some of the rest I was holding myself back from. I was trying to get a good amount of sleep while I was in school too, but it’s hard to sleep when your mind won’t turn off. Being able to sleep has been stellar.
- I feel motivated to do what needs to be done. Relaxing is great, but I’m ready to get back to doing things. And I gave myself time to get to where I want to do things. It’s not just the next thing that needs to be done, I am back to the place where I desire productivity for the sake of productivity (which might just be me). My perspective on why I am doing it has been refreshed.
For some people, the idea of a break seems like something they just don’t have time for. But, from my experience, sometimes it is something you need to make time for. It will give you a chance to refresh your mind and body before you jump back into everything you need to do. I will definitely be implementing breaks into my life more often before the choking stress takes over again.
It worked for me. Now it’s your turn.
Do you have a positive experience from a break to share? Do you have a long list of things keeping you from a break? Let me know in the comments below!