Are you constantly on the go, feeling guilty for taking a break from your work or responsibilities? You're not alone. A recent study by Deloitte found that one in four professionals rarely or never take all of their vacation days, and 77% reported are experiencing burnout in their current job. But, why is it so hard to hit the pause button and rest? Source.
Well it's no secret that our society puts a lot of pressure on us to be productive and achieve more. Our society worships busyness. It has become a medal of honor. “Rest and relaxation are seen as treats and rewards, which only come after we’ve worked hard enough", said Panthea Saidipour, LCSW, a Manhattan psychotherapist.
But this constant need to do more can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. So, what's the root cause of this fear of slowing down?
We are taught from a young age that hard work and dedication will lead to success, and that taking a break is a sign of laziness or lack of commitment. This can make it difficult for us to justify taking time off, even when we need it.
Another reason is many of us have a fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) on opportunities or falling behind in our work. We may worry that if we take a break, we will lose ground to our competitors, colleagues or you just know there will be more work to catch up on. This can create a sense of urgency and pressure to keep working, even when we are exhausted or burned out.
Additionally, some people are so laser focus on their work, they find it hard to relax and take time off. Taking a break may feel like you are going against your personal values and beliefs.
It's important to remember that taking breaks is essential for both our physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that taking regular breaks can help reduce stress, improve concentration, creativity, and increase overall productivity. Taking time off can also help us recharge and return to our work with renewed energy and focus.
The next time you feel guilty about taking a break, try to change the narrative in your mind, that taking break is imperative to your well-being and is an investment in yourself and your future. You deserve it!
Quote of the week:
“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” Akiroq Brost
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