In the world we live in today, we are constantly being influenced by this idea that we always need to be on our “grind.” This grind mentality puts us in a state of pressure, as we are pushing to be the best versions of ourselves and to meet these high expectations we envision about our future-selves.
But as humans, we all have limits. This grind culture is dangerous at times, as we’re constantly being influenced by this idea that we need to do more, work more, and be more. But when is it ever enough? The question raised here is, How much can you push yourself until you reach your limit?
Here’s Are 5 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Not Always Be On Your Grind:
1. If We’re Always Busy, We Can Forget To Check In With Ourselves Internally
When we’re constantly focusing on external factors, such as tangible things, we often forget to check with how we’re feeling internally. When we fail to check in with ourselves and our body and emotions, we will be forced to check in with ourselves, and sometimes it won’t be a pleasant experience.
2. You Will Become Mentally And Physically Exhausted If You Don’t Rest
This feeling of physiological and psychological exhaustion, also known as burnout, will catch up to us quickly. We need to remember that it’s okay to take a break and rest. It’s difficult at times to find that healthy balance between our work-life and self-care life, when we constantly feel this pressure from ourselves and external forces that influence us to be our best. However, we can’t always meet these idealized expectations in our mind if we don’t take a break and rest. This “grind” mentality can only last for so long, until we have exceeded our limits.
3. Remember, You’re Not Superhuman—You’re Just Human
It’s okay to understand that you’re not a superhuman and you have a breaking point. It’s okay to reach out and to let people know that you need help or that you genuinely just need a break and some time off from achieving your goals.
The thing is, people never know how you’re feeling or how you’re coping if you’re always internalizing it. We must learn to communicate our struggles because that’s the first step to easing the stress that you feel. The support and the comfort is there, you just need to take that first step and reach out for it.
4. You Are Allowed To Rest
From my personal experience, I feel a sense of guilt when I face burnout and when I’m forced to rest. I feel that if I’m not accomplishing something, I’m falling behind in this fast-paced work culture that we’re expected to keep up with. But we must remember that we are required to rest, as it’s a basic human necessity.
We must take care of ourselves and recharge our energy. This period of rest allows for a time of reflection on not only how to come back stronger but to understand how to approach your self-care and work life in a more healthy and beneficial way. We must remember that it’s okay to take a break, that it’s okay to rest, and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it. I know it can be hard to take a break sometimes, but your body and your mental health will thank you in the long run.
5. You Will Come Back Stronger After You Rest
After you take a break, you will most likely feel refreshed and a new sense of motivation to accomplish your goals. When you take the time to recharge your energy, you will be awakened to a new sense of creativity and a refreshed spirit.
You will find you become more present for yourself and the people in your life, as you’re not so consumed by the overbearing thoughts of tiredness and exhaustion. Your mental focus will improve, and you will come to the realization that taking a break is beneficial, it is definitely needed and it’s allowed.
Overall, it’s okay to take a break. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself that you’re human and you don’t always have to be on your grind. And that’s okay.