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As life goes on, we are all going to find ourselves in stressful times. Be it through school, work, or any number of personal issues that are likely to occur, there will always be that moment when we feel like the pressure from our daily obligations is too much to handle. In times like these, remember… sometimes it’s fine just to take a break.
A lot of people underestimate just how much good a solid break can do. Whenever I take a short break from a project I’m working on, I always come back feeling much better and more confident in the work I’m doing. The time you take to rest allows your mind to relax and provides you with the ability to approach situations in a calm, refreshing manner. Which can help you to examine problems from a new and different angle. The importance of this ability cannot be understated.
Having recently graduated from university, I can still remember working on countless assignments, studying all day for exams and spending all night working on essays. I can recall the feeling of stress and anxiety as I tirelessly worked to complete what seemed like an endless amount of school work. Looking back, it’s during times like that where I wish I had given myself time to breathe rather than just attempting to get through everything as efficiently as possible.
It’s a mentality I try my best to abide by as I live my life today. Whenever I feel overwhelmed with whatever I’m working on, I always give myself a break rather than push myself to work that extra hour… no matter how badly I want to finish something. Sometimes I give myself 20 minutes to relax and just look away from my book or computer, other times I’ll leave for an hour just to get some fresh air or eat a good meal. Often enough, I’ll stop what I’m doing completely and go to bed, I find that a good night’s sleep usually provides the rest I need to properly refresh my mind. Regardless of whatever feels like the most appropriate option at the time, I always return from my breaks feeling more capable than I felt before.
Everyone has things they enjoy doing that helps them relax, and you should never feel guilty or ashamed of doing these things if they help you to deal with stress and anxiety. Personally, whenever I decide it’s time for a break, I’ll catch up on some reading, choose to watch a movie or series, and sometimes I’ll give myself an hour of free time to play some video games. Often enough, just opening up a word document and writing is more than enough to take my mind off of whatever stress I’m feeling at the moment.
That being said, while I’m sure that a lot of people can agree that taking a break is important, it is just as important to not let the desire for relaxation take over completely. Time management is an important trait to learn and can play an integral part in determining the success of your day. Plan out your schedule, organize your time so that you’re always aware of how much work you have left. Make sure to note just how long you want your break to be beforehand so that you don’t accidentally take up more time than you intended.
At the end of the day, I believe that the things that stress you out should not be taking over your life. Whatever you’re working on isn’t worth more than your mental health and wellbeing. Whenever you feel like the workload is starting to become too much, just relax, take it easy… and give yourself a break.
Thank you for reading!