How to Take A Good Break and Protect your Mental Health
We work five days a week, sometimes six. We spend more time working and barely take care of ourselves.
We forget that we need to take care of our mental, physical and psychological health; only then can we remain strong and continue working like we are supposed to.
We can take good breaks in many ways.
Below are a few ways you can take a break, relax and rejuvenate. Life isn’t supposed to be stressful all the time.
On your days off and weekends, you can go for a run or do different exercises to help strengthen your body, promote deep relaxation, generally reduce anxiety, stress, and depression which make up the major parts of our days.
Studies also show that exercise also helps reduce age-related cognitive decline. We are sure you have heard these many times, but you have never tried to take the time to exercise.
It doesn’t have to be consistent. Weekends are okay, a few times in the morning before you take your bath. Small movements in the body are all you need. Did you know there are even exercises you can do before bed?
Take the Time to Do Something You Love
Work barely gives us the time to do things we love. Before you started your job, which you probably hate, you were able to do some things you loved.
Read books, watching tv shows, go sightseeing and excursions, you could go to sleepovers and have fun.
But you cannot do any of these .before you go to work in the morning and return in the evening, or even if you get back in the afternoon, you still have some things to do.
By the time you feel free a little, then you get sleepy. Our lives are not supposed to be all about that. Take the time to do something you love once in a while.
Go to that sleepover, binge-watch that tv show, take your nieces and nephews shopping.
Go Outdoor and Engage in Physical Activities
It is essential to change your environment once in a while and take a breath of fresh air. It can be beneficial to your mental health.
Go to the beach. The sound waves of the sea relax the mind. Go to botanical gardens and waterfalls and let nature eat into you.
While you are at it, you can engage in some physical activities like swimming, hiking, and playing sports like tennis, basketball, or football.
These activities will help refresh your mind and body. Who knows? You might return with a new skill or perhaps find your soulmate. Jokes.
Surround Yourself with Good People
Even if it is at your workplace, try and build meaningful relationships with good people, people who share your kind of energy.
People you can talk about your feelings with. Cut off toxic people out of your life. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but when you learn to put yourself first in some situations, you can do that easily.
The kind of people we roll with have a significant influence on us. That is why there is a saying, “show me your friend, and I will show you your character.” Avoid people who drain your energy and cause you to become a different version of yourself.
Quit Your Job
Let’s face it. Many people are doing jobs they hate. They hate their bosses, their colleagues, and even the work environment.
But they are there because the job probably pays well, and they need to make enough money to support themselves and their families.
They probably have passion for something else, but they wake up every morning, sit in their towels, cry a bit, watch the wall for a few minutes, dress up, go to work and fake a smile.
This is now how life is supposed to be. That is why you can take the bold step to present that resignation letter to your employer and say goodbye to stress and pain.
You can look for a new job before you do that, but if you believe you can hold yourself up for a few months before you start a new one, why not? You need the break anyway.
Last, while you are on a good break, try meditation. Meditation is an activity that has been scientifically proven to help with focus and relaxation and reduce stress.
While you are treating yourself at the spa, eating good, and respecting yourself, meditate. It will only take ten minutes of your time, every day for a few weeks.
You will notice a difference and a change in energy. Even if you are at work, you can take a few minutes to meditate. It is beneficial.
It is all about breathing and focusing on your breath for some time. Once in a while, your mind needs to reboot, and meditation will help.
Taking good care of yourself shouldn’t be difficult. Sometimes you need some money to be able to do some of these things, which is why, by all means, you need to work and make money.
The point we are making is that your life shouldn’t be all about work. Take a break once in a while. Your body and mind need it.