• Ella Winbolt

when to know when you need a break.

With what’s undoubtedly been a difficult and challenging past year for everyone, it’s okay if you feel a bit burnt out. With running errands and juggling work, everyday life can sometimes become a bit too much. By the time you’re ready to go to sleep at night, you may find it difficult to relax and switch your brain off. If you’re feeling tired and drained, you need to know when to take a step back and say to yourself, ‘it’s time I take a break’. Here are some signs that you need to take a well-deserved rest day.

you’re tired, but you can’t sleep.

When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, sleep is one of the first things to suffer. When you overwork yourself, it can lead to exhaustion. However, with all those thoughts going around your head when you should be sleeping, the feeling of anxiety can creep in, and you’re left lying there wide awake wishing you could get a bit of shut-eye. Thus, a rest day will allow you to catch up on some much-needed sleep and leave you feeling refreshed and energised.

you’re feeling sad more often.

Feeling exhausted and stressed for a long time can make you feel unmotivated and down in the dumps. It can often leave you no longer finding happiness in the things you enjoy. Whether it’s work or personal stress causing you to feel overwhelmed, take a day to do the things you enjoy. Watch a funny film, spend time with your family or do a fun hobby. Make sure to do something that you will enjoy and come back feeling stronger than before with an improved mood.

you find it hard to concentrate.

Are you struggling to follow what’s being said in a lecture or meeting? Do you find yourself having to read the same line several times when reading a book? When there’s just so much going on in your life, your brain can have difficulty keeping up. No one is immune to instances of forgetfulness. Still, if it happens regularly, it can lead to careless mistakes and higher stress levels. Taking a break allows you to regroup your thoughts and sharpen your focus. If that doesn’t work, try mindfulness meditation, as it is proven to be a great way to improve concentration.

you keep getting sick.

Even if it’s just a small, irritating cough, if you find yourself getting sick more often than usual, it’s probably your body telling you that you need a break. Too much stress may lower your body’s ability to fight off infection. So, take a day to catch up on sleep and eat healthily. This will boost your immune system and get you on a path to better health so that you can be at your best.

When taking a day off from responsibilities to focus on yourself, the most important thing is not feeling guilty. Don’t spend your break stressing about what you should be doing, the emails, the washing and the uni work can be done the next day. Your mind and body will thank you for the day off, so take some time to give yourself a breather and a rest. You’ve earned it.

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