Do you find yourself in an endless work situation?
Brain always on, fingers always typing, thoughts always brainstorming 10 steps ahead, finishing one client project and jumping immediately into the next thing on the to-do list….. and then before you know it you’re feeling totally exhausted mixed with a side of insomnia or a headache, or worse. Believe me, if you haven’t yet felt the worse, there’s plenty worse if you keep chugging along without resting. I learned that the hard way. I hope you’ll not put yourself through that.
It’s an easy trap to fall into when there is work to be done and bills to be paid. I think it’s double-difficult when you work from home, because the computer and internet connection is right at your fingertips and you want to push forward so much, you want to get things done, you want to reach a goal or pass a milestone.
Unplugging definitely helps. I usually have to force myself into away mode. I’ll leave my computer off for a day, outsource any work that needs attention quickly, and just do everything possible to recharge. Sometimes that means crafting projects, or maybe movies and lounging around with the kids all day on a Saturday, and sometimes it means letting my family force me to do other things and actually get out of the house.
Oftentimes I find that the more I intentionally unplug, relax, and recharge, the more I end up getting done in the end. Productivity goes up, not down. A tired mind isn’t going to be able to work as hard or get as much done as a well rested one.
Over-working will lead to burnout, exhaustion, and health problems in the long term. You don’t want that for yourself, trust me. Once you hit that burnout point, it’s a long road to recovery. Save yourself the detour down the destructive road and give yourself the courtesy of a break now and then for good and proper self-care.
Before I wrap things up here, I want to talk a little bit more about that self-care piece. That means different things to different people. You need to decide what it means for you personally.
Not everyone enjoys a manicure, which seems to be the internet’s favorite self-care recommendation for women. If manicures and pedicures aren’t your thing, I want you to know that’s okay! They’re not my thing either, by the way. Honestly, I think a mani-pedi appointment would just stress me out even more. Even just thinking about someone filing at my nails or jabbing at my cuticles makes me cringe.
Self-care also doesn’t have to mean spending money! It bothers me that many of the articles I read about self-care involve spending money, sometimes a lot of money. For some of us, that is not relaxing at all. That is the opposite of relaxing. Relaxing and recharging can be super simple and cost you zero dollars.
Sure, splurge a bit on a fancy coffee if that’s your zen, reward yourself now and then with something off your wishlist, but don’t let those magazine articles fool you into thinking that you need to drop half a paycheck just to relax. You do what makes you feel refreshed, revived, and relaxed.
What’s your favorite way to recharge? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.