Taking A Break And Being Okay With It
Has there ever been a day where your to-do list is through the roof and your intention is to check everything off, yet nothing gets accomplished? Better yet, have you found yourself so busy, but when you sit and think about it, you’ve been busy doing absolutely nothing?
For the past month, that has been my reality. I’m usually the get-ish done type of girl who works ahead and completes tasks before they’re scheduled to be done. Yet, lately, I’ve noticed that I’ve been falling behind on my tasks which has resulted in me rushing to complete things last minute. Yes, I will admit I’ve been procrastinating and it’s not a good feeling to say the least.
For the longest I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I was doing my due diligence of keeping track of my to-dos, blocking out time to get things done effectively but things weren’t clicking and it was starting to make me have anxiety. After a few weeks of dealing with it along with other life issues, I realized that I was mentally and physically tired and it was starting to effect my mind and my workflow.
As millennials we take the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” to heart. Personally, I never like taking breaks because I feel like there is always something that needs to be done. But, my body has finally told me “sis, relax”
Signs That You Need A Break
You’re tired even after you get a substantial amount of sleep
You start making silly mistakes that you usually avoid
You feel like your mind is racing a mile a minute and you aren’t able to focus
You get irritated at the smallest thing and find yourself getting emotional
You don’t feel like yourself and things feel off
Whether you decide to take a break for an hour, a day, a week or a month, do what you need to do to refuel again. Seriously, do it! You don’t want to wait too late and end up sick from overworking yourself and you don't want your work to start to suffer. Trust me, I understand that this can be easier said than done, especially when you have a list of things to do. So, I decided to curate a list of things that you can do to help you take a break with ease!
Do absolutely nothing
Whether you have to sit and stare at the wall or be a nosey neighbor and watch the cars go by, sit, in peace and quiet and just relax.
Go to sleep
Sleep does the body good. Seriously, our bodies heal in our sleep. So, If you been on go nonstop, you’re depriving yourself of natural, healthy energy. Take some time and count the sheep. I’m sure your body will thank you!
Have a drink and listen to nice music
If your in the New York area, I highly recommend that you stop by Harlem Wine Room, a new wine lounge located on Broadway. This is a hangout spot for the grown and sexy who enjoy good vibes and nice melodies. The energy is gravitating and the owner, Felix makes you feel right at home! I had their Prez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon paired with an amazing cheese spread and it was amazing! I’ll definitely be back soon!
Catch up on a new series
I’m not a true television connoisseur however, I have a lot of friends who keep me up on game. Due to their recommendations and a few of my own, I highly recommend that you check out When They See Us, Pose and Black Mirror.
Read a new book
I’m currently reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and it’s been very insightful. I’ve learned that there are two mindsets you can have in this world. You can either have a fixed mindset or growth mindset, ultimately it’s up to you.
Try a new recipe
Attend an event just for fun
Get on Eventbrite and look for something fun to do in your area. The best part about Eventbrite is that you can filter to find things that interest you and your pockets! I’m all about FREE.99 so next week, I’ll be attending a Yoga Bootcamp class with Rituals Cosmetics. This will be an event for all levels and includes one hour of yoga followed by massages, manicures and fresh tea! Oh did I mention its all FREE!
Go to the park
Hit up your favorite park with friends, have a picnic, or go by yourself with your new book and bask in the sun.
The next time you feel overwhelmed or you find yourself constantly working but nothing seems to be getting accomplished, take a break. Unplug from your day to day tasks and just spend time being present. Remember the 5 signs I mentioned earlier and don’t ignore them! Love yourself enough to listen to your body. Understand you’re not alone and the marathon will continue, after you recharge! Till next time loves!