STOP! Take a break!

26 Jul

Have you ever felt like this?

You wake up in the early hours of the morning in attempt to yet again cram in as much into one day as possible, work flat out in your non-contracted 12 hour shift, leave work, pick up an unhealthy bite, deceive your mind into believing it has full focus and concentration for the next after-work endeavour, work for a few more hours, get to bed in the early hours of the morning only for the cycle to repeat itself again. If you have ever had a dissertation to complete, new business venture to get up and running or extra-curricular activity to pursue, you can probably relate to the above.

Now if you’re like me you’ll probably convince yourself into thinking that continuing at such a ridiculous pace is justifiable because of motivational mantras such as, “I am still young and able”, “It’s only for a season” or “Perseverance is key”.

I’m here to tell you this…

STOP! Take a break!

At this rate you are causing more harm than good! I’ve been there. Late nights, early mornings, sleep still in the eyes, occasional spotty break-out – ultimately, not good! Having competed in a few physically demanding events in my time, I can vouch that the human body is a remarkable piece of work, especially when stretched beyond limitations previously unknown to the mind of the owner. Its capacity to accommodate and adapt when under physical, mental and emotional strain is remarkable. Despite this unique ability, it is not a good place to be for an elongated amount of time. Take a break.

Rest is just as important (probably even more!) than the actual activity itself. One must ensure that an adequate amount of rest is being taken in order to keep firing on all cylinders. This may be in the form of 6 to 8 hours sleep every night, regular breaks from the computer screen every 45 minutes or a long weekend away from all the hustle and bustle of working life.

In preparation for a major sporting event in 2009 I overexerted myself physically playing catch up on missed training sessions. I was advised by my doctor to rest and “listen to my body”. I’m telling you to listen to yours.


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4 Responses to “STOP! Take a break!”

  1. Amy @ Un-stuck Coaching July 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Loving this blog and one that I’ll definitely be recommending to friends and clients! A group of fabulous, motivating and inspiring writers – thank-you for sharing you thoughts with the world!

    • Atticus July 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

      Hi Amy, thank you for your hearty compliments!

      It’s gratifying to know our words are making a difference as that is this blog’s raison d’etre.

      To quote a Stevie Wonder line, “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it”. I just hope we all use it!

      Hope you and yours continue to find something meaningful on these pages. Keep up your own good efforts : )

  2. Douja July 28, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    What?! Are you giving me permission to take a break?!! I love that word, but in a way it scares me, the idea of resting when you could be using that time for things not to waste, but in all reality when you lose sleep you lose energy for the future. It’s a crazy cycle, if you can’t help yourself later on you can’t help others.

    Great post!! 🙂

  3. ambassador4x July 28, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    @Amy – Good on you Amy! And thank you for recommending this piece, as well as others I’m sure, to your clients.

    The misconception is that if you adopt this “Go! Go! Go!” attitude, one can get more done in any given amount of time. This may be the case but what is the trade off? You become ‘burnt-out’ a lot quicker also, causing you to need to recuperate thus loosing time to get things done. Is it worth the sacrifice? Methinks not.

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