It’s Time for a Catnap

How to Know When You Need a Break

Photo Credit: Matthias Ripp, Flickr

Taking a break is difficult for some people (myself included), but throughout these last few months, I’ve realized that it’s especially important for people to relax.

For the majority of this semester in my college career, I was running on less than three hours of sleep. I thought nothing of it, but as the semester continued, I realized the total effect of my sleep depravity.

I also rarely relaxed. I was always busy, busy, busy and barely had time to take a deep breath. I barely ate and spent most of my time trying to be a perfectionist.

This is one definition of unhealthy. While I understand and value hard work, I now understand there’s a difference between working hard and working yourself into the ground.

I realized I needed a break once I stopped enjoying most of tasks that I was doing. I knew I had to get things done, so I did what I needed to do. But I didn’t understand it’s importance, and I didn’t care about it’s value.

I feel that once you stop enjoying the tasks you used to enjoy, you need to take a break. I’m not saying that you have to re-evaluate your entire life and your priorities, but I am saying that you should take a step back.

As an entrepreneur, there will be many days when the work seems non-stop, and it’s easy to allow your work pile get bigger and bigger until you make no time for anything else but your business. However, I am hear to say that you can only focus on your business so much. Focusing on one aspect of your life too much while probably make you dislike that project or skills or whatever it is that you’re focusing on.

You need a break when you’re too tired to focus on anything other than your fatigue. There would be days when I was so exhausted that I only focused on strategies I could use to alleviate the exhaustion. None of these strategies included taking a nap, of course, but they did include drinking tons of coffee and soda. What should I have done? A fifteen minute nap might not have hurt.

You need a break when you are struggling to add something new to the conversation. Life is about moving forward, and this applies to every aspect of your life. If you aren’t inspired about something that you’re usually strong at doing, you need a break.

Yes, it’s true that life gets busy and crazy, but it’s also true that you need to make time to relax. Your body and mind aren’t machines, and you can only work for so long before you start to feel sick and exhausted.

Here’s some more information:

Time Management Ninja

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