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Last week I got the stomach flu that knocked me flat on my ass. I am someone that thrives on being busy. When I’m not exercising, blogging and eating healthy I tend to fall into a depressive episode. The flu ripped those coping mechanisms from me and I was forced to take a good week-long hardcore rest. If you’ve been wondering why it’s quite on the blog that’s why.
Break Your Routine
Taking a break from your routine can help you feel recharged and more creative. See if you can find new places to go where you live, drive a new way to work or do something different on your lunch break at work. Find some ways to change up your routine and give yourself a fresh perspective. I always have tons of great new ideas on vacation and I think there is something very powerful about being out of your routine. Try to recreate that feeling in your day to day by regularly trying and doing new things. It’s so easy to get sucked into going to the same coffee shops and doing the same routine every day but I think our brain thrives on changing our routine.
Embrace the fact that productivity comes in seasons. There are times in your life where you will be massively productive and achieving all the things. It feels great to be really kicking ass but the season of rest is just as important as the season of productivity. Embrace taking time off to recharge, visualize the future you want and prepare for the next busy season ahead. Don’t think of it as slacking off, think of it as necessary preparation. Spend time seeking out experiences and information that make you feel good and really concentrate on rejuvenating yourself. This is a time to focus on refilling your tank so you have more to bring to the table next season.
Be of Higher Service
I believe the more we embrace the quieter and restful seasons of our life without guilt the more we can serve others. Taking time off helps us come back stronger than ever. We’re able to be better friends, partners, and mothers when we are able to take guilt-free time off. There’s a lot of pressure in our culture to never slow down and to always work harder but if you burn yourself out you’re not serving anyone. Taking time off lets you bring your best self to everything that you are here to do on this planet. This is the main reason I think we all need to reject the part of our culture that praises burnout and busyness. We can’t bring our best selves to the table if we’re striving to be as busy as possible. Without taking time to rest it is inevitable that our health, relationships and happiness will eventually suffer.
Spend some time journaling and reconnect with yourself and what your mission is in life right now. If we don’t take time off it’s easy to get sucked into the day to day tasks we have to get done and to lose focus on the meaning of our life. Go for walks, write in your journal or do whatever it is you need to do to reconnect with yourself and your higher purpose. The daily grind can slowly grind you down if you don’t take time to zoom out. It’s easy to forget that our lives mean more than just clearing our email inbox every day if we never take the time to slow down and figure out what we want our life to mean. This is a great time to write out your 90 day (I am a 12 Week Year fan) and long-term goals. Get crystal fucking clear about what you want and make a plan for how you’re going to go after it. During your down time is the perfect time to create a vision for the future and will help your next productivity season be even more fruitful.
I really pride myself on being able to create a lot of content. It’s not unusual for me to post on my blog every day sometimes even two or three times per day. Creating blog posts that might be able to help someone else on their mental health journey fuels me and has made a huge difference in my own mental health. While I love being productive and busy it’s necessary for me to take time off to become a stronger mental health advocate and to be able to be an even better resource for everyone reading this blog. I have to combat the part of my brain that says “time off is bad” or “rest is lazy” because I know ultimately these things are necessary to do the work that I want to do.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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