Hi Sweet Friends!!!!
Here we are again…. How’s everyone doing? As most of you have noticed, I was not as active on social media last week. This leads me into this week’s topic, taking breaks.
It is so important take breaks and I am no different. I took a week off from most social media and my company to have the ability to refocus and recharge.
Sometimes we know when we need to take a break and then there are times we don’t. Our body is our best indicator of when we need a break, mentally, emotionally and/or physically.
Let’s take a look at some of the signs our body gives us when we feel fatigue and need to take that break.
Mental fatigue: We may feel a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, impulsivity, irritability and/or creative blocks.
Emotional fatigue: We may feel anxious, depressed/sad, emotional ups and downs and/or detachment.
Physical fatigue: We may have body aches, headaches, nausea, tension, and changes in appetite and/or weight.
If we are still struggling with identifying fatigue from within, here are some behaviors we may begin to exhibit. We may be able to recognize these behaviors or maybe we’ve had someone give us feedback that we are exhibiting some of these behaviors.
- Social Withdrawal or isolation.
- Poor performance at work and/or school.
- Inability to keep personal or professional commitments.
Now that we know how to identify fatigue it’s time to take that break. Breaks look different to everyone; this could mean taking a 15-minute walk or getting out of town for 2 weeks. Identify what it is that you need a break from, work, home, friends, social media and/or school. It’s ok to need a break from these very important things in our lives. If we are not taking care of ourselves, we will struggle to nurture other areas in our lives in a healthy and productive manner.
This goes into self-care, which we discussed a few weeks ago. If you need to revisit self-care click the link below.
It is so important we take care of ourselves, some of the things I do include:
- Healthy sleep cycle.
- Family activities.
- Reading a fun book.
- Meeting a friend for a picnic at a park.
- Watching my favorite series on Netflix.
What are some things you enjoy or would like to begin to enjoy doing? Is it learning something new or participating in a new activity or hobby?
If you begin to recognize any form of fatigue and struggle to make changes on your own you can always contact me, [email protected], and we can figure it out together. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
I hope you all have a beautiful day and don’t forget to live with purpose!