As we get older, life seems to get even busier, and as you hit your 20’s and 30’s, there is little chance of anything slowing down. Of course, leading a busy and fulfilling life is a wonderful thing, but many of us forget the importance of slowing down when we need to and taking time out to recover and recuperate.
Knowing when it is time to say ‘stop,’ and take a break is an essential part of continuing your journey through life, and will make sure you are not heading on a one-way ticket to burnout.
Here, we share a few tips and ideas for those who are beginning to feel fatigued or struggling with everyday situations. Grab yourself a coffee, put your feet up and have a read.
Work And Career Worries
If you have worked hard at college or university and are on a successful career path, it can be easy to forget that slowing down and taking a breather can be a huge part of your success. If your work is piling up and you are regularly sat at your desk feeling overwhelmed, it might be time to think about some of the changes that you can make so you can get yourself back on track.
The first thing you need to remember is that you are not alone. In the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment with work opportunities and the economy, most employees are feeling the pressure to be the very best at their job at the expense of their mental and physical wellbeing. Add to that the bombardment of images of the perfect life on social media, and it can feel like if you are not living life at 100mph, you are not your best self. However, this is almost never the case – everyone, just like you, is simply trying to keep up with the crowd.
Begin by talking to a senior member of staff, or head for your boss’s office, and explain how you are feeling. The chances are is that some point, they have been in your shoes and know exactly the sort of pressure you are experiencing. Book some time off to rest or to do something relaxing and enjoyable, which will give you an instant boost as you will have something to look forward to. When you are back at work, look at ways to tackle your daily tasks in a positive manner – learn to say no, prioritize the critical jobs, and make sure you take a proper lunch break. If you stick to your old habits and behaviour, it won’t be long until you are tired, stressed, and sick – and what use are you to anyone then?
Unhealthy Choices And Habits
When you have been going through a difficult period in your life, and the challenges are wearing you down, it can often be all too easy to slip into unhealthy habits and lifestyle patterns. If close friends and family are airing their concerns over your behaviour, it is time to listen to them and take a step back to understand what and why you are doing what you are doing. If doing something long term is having a negative effect on your health, you need to be strong and make changes so that you can get back to a healthy and happy life again. There is no shame in going to the doctors and asking for outside help if you think you need it. Taking a significant amount of time to gain support and respite will ensure that you can continue moving forward in life and will pay off in the long run.
Take some time to learn your patterns of behaviour. If you are likely to binge on something in a particular environment, it is time to stop yourself being there in the future. Change can be incredibly difficult, but you will be a stronger person both mentally and physically afterwards, so you can reach your goals and be the success you want to be. Perhaps, as we mentioned previously, your job is causing you too much stress. It might be time to consider retraining at Norwich university or moving jobs. Staying too long in a negative situation or toxic work environment can cause depression and physical health problems. Look into part-time work and study options – remember it is never too late to make changes to your life, you just need a little courage and plenty of good advice.
Positive People And Relationships
To make any of the changes we have suggested above, you will need to make sure that the people that surround you are positive influences and forces in your life. If your family, friends, and acquaintances are toxic, enabling negative habits, increasing the stress or do not have an understanding of your need to take a step back, it may well be time to cut ties with them, or at the very least, limit the contact that you do have with them. You should only ever surround yourselves with the people who have your very best interests at heart – family that are ready to give you the support and encouragement that you need when times are tough, friends who are willing to cancel a wild night out in a nightclub and come and watch a movie at home with you instead. Those are the people that you need in your life. Good friends and family members will do all they can to build you up and make sure that your mental and physical wellbeing are well-looked after, so choose them carefully.
Do not ever be fearful or ashamed to seek professional help or therapy, if you feel it necessary. Sometimes, it can be incredibly difficult to share your thoughts and feelings with those who are closest to you. Talking through the issues that you are facing and living with somebody who has an objective perspective can be an instant weight off your shoulders and lead to a happier and brighter mind. People who are trained to help with mind management and mental health will have a wealth of knowledge and advice for you, and it is always worth investing your time and effort into finding the right person to help you get yourself back on track and regain your motivation.
Self-care is a term thrown about a lot in recent years, but it has never been quite so important. It is precisely as it says on the tin – taking care of yourself. This might mean switching off the TV and devices and going to bed early, taking long hot baths, going for a peaceful run or walk – whatever you need to feel at your very best. Quite often it is thought of as candles, hot baths and reading a book, but if climbing up the side of a mountain or hitting the gym is more your jam, go for it. It is all about putting yourself and your physical and mental health first.
It is time to put yourself first and take some time to take care of your mind, which will lead to better physical health and your ability to continue on this fast-paced journey to success and happiness.