It’s okay to take a break

Quite often, we get deeply embroiled in our hectic lifestyles with deadlines to meet and a continual pressure on our shoulders to “be productive”. But as I have realised, it is so important that we give ourselves a break when we need one. Giving our bodies, minds, and hearts a chance to relax and recharge is as vital as hitting our most important deadlines.

A lot of us feel guilty when we aren’t productive. As a high-school student, every time I look at my laptop, I see ten assignments I need to complete, deadlines I need to meet, essays I need to write, and tasks I need to get on with. I feel constantly overwhelmed and it seems like there isn’t any end to it. I even feel like I’m going and going, almost drowning. There are times when I feel like I’m not able to spend time with my family, with the people I love, and investing my time doing the things I love. I feel disconnected from them, from things I’m passionate about, and from myself! Something I have come to realize is that self-care and looking after our well-being isn’t unproductive. In fact, any work I create with a negative state of mind is never my best one, and this brings me further down in the hole of feeling miserable about being productive.

That being said, it doesn’t matter how we choose to do it. The important thing is that we owe ourselves the gift of a deep breath (or the view of a long sunset!) after all the hard work we put into our day-to-day lives. Taking some time off to focus on ourselves and our mental health, specially during these exceedingly stressful times, is as important as getting any work done. So even with “so much to do in so little time”, after a busy day, we all deserve to relax and unwind.

⁃ SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

105 thoughts on “It’s okay to take a break

  1. I would certainly appreciate a change in pace. Third year in a row I’ve started a new job.
    The first two were contract positions (I didn’t rage-quit or get fired), but the current role looks to be ongoing for a good period. However I’m still in the new-starter whack-a-mole phase, where I have thirty seconds of satisfaction over a completed task before something totally unexpected pops up.

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  2. Yunno
    There are times I do overwork myself without rest. Because of that, I feel sad and unsatisfied, cus I didn’t beat my deadline

    Until I took a break…

    And that was the best feeling ever!! 🤗

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  3. Wise words from a wise woman. 🙂
    Some people (myself occasionally included) use “breaks” as an excuse for laziness or procrastination. Knowing your work ethic, though, you probably do need a break before you can go finish conquering the world!

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  4. You’re so right, Saania, a little bit of attention to your own needs goes a long way toward having the strength and inclination to care about the needs of others! ❤

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  5. One of the great things about being an old person is that people do not expect you to be productive. So when I am productive people are shocked and amazed. I am busier now that I was when I was working full time. But if I need a break I take one without any guilt. I enjoyed your post Saania. Words of wisdom.

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  6. I would prefer a flexible schedule. Because it takes me time to restart my work wholeheartedly in the way I was doing it previously.

    We need a productive approach with the spirit to learn and evolve ourselves continuously.

    I hope you are enjoying your school assignments & other given tasks. Thank you for the post Saania. 🙂💪

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  7. Well said ! It is a matter of thinking, why are we running so much in life? We do not have time for ourselves, for our family. Taking a break from work, giving time to ourselves, giving time to our family is very important, this will infuse new energy in us. Great article as always, God bless you👌🌻😊

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  8. To have FAITH is to exercise intuition and pray guided by the Light of the Truth of CHRIST.

    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
    John 14:6, 16, 17, 26

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  9. Nice one saania, I was recently reading about the stresses of being productive. I’ve often felt this stress when I know that a certain time in the day is going waste and I’m doing nothing about it. The worst part is the guilt of not doing anything about it and then worrying that the list of things on my plate is yet to be completed ..

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  10. Hi Saania,
    As ever, reading your post rings so true for me. Without going into detail re current family I’ll health I take particular delight and solace in reading the bit about self care being productive . Unfortunately I learned the hard way how true this is. Working all my life in the ‘caring’ profession, caring for ourselves was never part of ‘work speak’.
    My body clock is better geared to watching the sun rise rather than set here in u.k and I am now taking delight in watching that process.
    When I am in The Gambia, West Africa I am able to witness more beautiful sunsets.
    Thank you so much for allowing me this reflection and take care 🙂❤️

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  11. This is great advice, especially considering the fact that we’re not taught to feel guilty for overworking but we are taught to feel that way about not working. Stress can actually be really bad for your body – I agree take it easy and relax. ❤

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