Sometimes everything can get a bit too much. You feel like the world is on your shoulders and things are falling apart or you feel behind on all your work and projects. At times like these the last thing you will think to do is take a break. The reality is, if you have no urgent deadlines, you need to step back and take a break to prevent burnout.
It’s okay to take a break
There seems to be a culture with people working 24/7 and that you have to do this to be successful. This is definitely not true at all. Some people may be able to handle non-stop work and balancing life, others may need to distinguish divides between the two areas. I’m all for putting in hard work but I don’t agree that working all the time is going to be good for you. It will affect your mental health and it will impact your level of productivity. With efficient time planning, you should be able to schedule your workload. Not only does this help you decide what you need to achieve and when but also how much work you feel you can actually achieve in a certain amount of time.
Since the start of social media, we now live in a generation where everyone is always online and we are processing a constant flow of information. We know what people are up to and are always available for anyone to contact us at any time. When you think about this you begin to realise that our brain has hardly any downtime. Even if you are not working as such, you are still interpreting information and emotionally reacting to it. It is a lot to handle 24/7.
It is more necessary now than ever to make sure we take intentional breaks. Take time off work and from projects. Switch off your device and stay off social media for a little while. When you do this, you are able to think clearly and gain back creative flair. When you return to your projects you will be refreshed, full of ideas and your quality of output will be increased drastically.
If you are feeling overwhelmed – TAKE A BREAK. Most importantly, do not feel bad that you are doing so. It is crucial that we take the time to relax and recharge. Let’s break away from this expectation of having to be productive and busy 24/7.
Do you have a healthy work/life balance? How do you prevent burnout?
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