In a society where we are judged on our productivity, earnings, and titles, where does mental health and happiness fit into the picture?
While being able to life beyond comfortably is desired and productivity can be a good thing, focusing on your mental health is equally, if not more important. Taking time for yourself won’t set you back.
Find time to relax each day. When I get home from work, I like to take a few minutes to crawl under the covers and take some time to unwind and be still. This helps me separate my work life from my personal life. Sometimes, I even write out a to-do list for work, just so I am not thinking about it later.
Take extended breaks. On the weekends, I try to find more time to relax and recoup for the week to come. When I can, I go up to my cabin. Taking a day or two to unplug always helps me feel more in touch with my feelings and thoughts without outside influences.
Unplug. You know when you wake up in the morning, and the very first thing you check is social media? Well that’s me – especially with my email. On the weekends, I make an effort to limit screen time and focus on what’s around me. Being up north, where there is no service, definitely makes this easier.
If a full unplug isn’t realistic for you, start small! Eat breakfast without your phone. Get ready for the day without your phone. Find an hour each day to exercise or work towards a hobby instead.
Think about it – you may know that taking breaks is important, but let’s face it, when things get busy, sometimes personal time is the first thing to be tossed out the window.
Without taking time to recharge, can we really be as productive as possible? Productivity isn’t everything, but it is definitely a lot easier to work when you feel up to the task.
You may think that you don’t have time to take a break; however, with your wick burning low, how much are you really getting done? Taking a small break, where you can focus on yourself will help you feel refreshed. Have you ever had writer’s block and after you stepped away, you were ready to write again? Exactly my point!
Your mental health is important – take time for it.
How do you relax? Leave a comment.