7 Clear Signs You Need To Take a Break (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 330)
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
If you have ever been through moments in your life here you felt like you just need a good long break, you likely were feeling to much stress due to a number of factors that affected your physical, emotional, and mental health. You probably didn’t feel like yourself, running on fumes or feeling like an empty shell. You may have thought to yourself that you need to do something about this stress before it kills you.
But like the rest of us, you put mind over matter and pushed through it anyway because everything you’re doing is so important. However, simply pushing through excruciating stress without doing anything of significance to alleviate it will only cause more problems for you long term. Here are 7 signs that you need to take a break from the daily grind so you can come back stronger and healthier.
1. You have chronic body aches.
Why do you think a back massage or foot rub feels good after a hard day’s work? It’s because your body reacts to the stresses that come against it throughout the day. It is the natural “fight or flight” physiological response that kicks in when you perceive a threat or attack to your survival. Stress is a daily threat to our lives and often results in physical strain on the brain and body.
2. You are forgetful or absent-minded.
When you have too much on your plate and are trying to juggle too many things at once, you are likely reaching a breaking point in which case you need to take a break. Sometimes it can be tough to juggle a multiplicity of responsibilities at once. If you’re regularly forgetting important appointments or find it difficult to focus, taking a break can help you regroup.
3. You feel exhausted all the time.
If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning despite getting eight hours of sleep or you feel like the sleep you get is just as if you hadn’t been asleep at all, you’re probably clinically exhausted. When you need to take a serious break from the daily grind, your body will go into overdrive in an attempt to compensate while at the same time try to slow you down.
4. You are overly emotional.
Ever wonder why some people literally cry over spilled milk or get unusually angry when someone bumps into you at work or fly into a rage when the line is long at the coffee shop? The reason for this is because when you’re under stress, the brain stem fails to function and throws your ability to control emotions out of whack. That’s when you know you desperately need a break to pull it together again.
5. You lose sleep and feel sick.
Naturally, if you suffer from insomnia or just don’t get regular sleep, sickness is sure to follow at some point. Some studies have shown that your immune system is decreased by 30% when you’re stressed out. Since your body has been working extra to try to keep you healthy and hasn’t had time to go in the opposite direction of recovery from even minor colds, you’ll eventually reach a point where you can’t fight it or function with it.
6. You don’t finish what you start.
A lot of times, we’re tired, exhausted, stressed, and always seem to need a break because we don’t finish the things we start. The more we start and the less we finish the more we’ll always have on our minds. And when our brains are constantly pounding with what isn’t done and what needs to be done, we’ll begin to fall apart until we bring one thing after another to completion.
7. You treat every situation as a matter of life and death.
Some things are very important in life and should be taken seriously. Other things, few in number, are matters of life and death and should be treated with caution. However, most situations in your life are not matters of life and death. You simply have to take one thing at a time; most things can be handled without panic as panic is a stressor itself. If everything is life or death all the time, you may find yourself closer to death more times than you care to be.
“It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”
— Paulo Coelho