Taking a break is essential every now and then. You can’t work and perform 24/7, and you need to take some time to yourself every once in a while. And most of all, you shouldn’t feel guilty about needing a moment to just relax! But if you’re someone who does struggle to put things down and walk away for a bit, this post is here to tell you there are some signs you should really pay attention to. If you feel them yourself, get a drink and a snack and put your feet up!
Being easy to irritate is a sign you’re stretched thin and need to have some time doing nothing! Being in ‘a mood’ isn’t actually all that normal, and rarely does it come out of the blue. There’s always something causing a bad mood, and if you’re regularly snapping at people and don’t want to be around anyone, you definitely need to think about your own thresholds and how they’re being overstepped right now.
Not being able to sleep, or waking up 4 or 5 times during the night, is a huge sign you’re not taking enough breaks. Insomnia can present in many forms, and when you’re unable to hit the hay even when you feel wiped, it’s a sign your mind is in overdrive and needs a day off. Give it what it wants and use some of those personal days you’ve been assigned; use them to catch up on a bit of sleep and shake off that fatigue.
It’s easy to come home after a long day of work and pour yourself a glass of wine, but if you’re doing this multiple times every night, it might be a sign you need to take things a little easier. After all, what was once an occasional tipple could end up leading to a rehab for alcohol, as stress can make us feel like we need to do more and more to relax. Book a day off, spend a day in bed, get outside and feel the sun – just take some time out of your schedule!
Restlessness isn’t just something we do when we need to waste some energy. It’s also a sign that we’re overworked and have little energy left. If you feel you can’t sit still for a bit and focus on something you love or enjoy, you need to do something about your packed schedule. Chronic boredom can also present in this way, so this might also be a sign that you’re not doing something fulfilling, and you need to change the way you work or even what you do in the long term.
Taking a break isn’t a bad thing! If things are getting on top of you, take a few more breaks from time to time to restore your energy levels and do yourself a massive, healthy favor.