You don’t want to push yourself toward your breaking point. You don’t want to sacrifice your mental health for a shot at success. There are more important things in this world than your productivity levels. Even though you have big dreams that you are striving to reach, you still need to take care of yourself. You need to prioritize your mental health so you don’t end up burning out. Take a break before you hit that wall.
You need to take a breather if you feel completely exhausted. Don’t push past the tiredness, just because it’s physically possible. Don’t convince yourself that you’re being lazy for wanting a moment of rest. You are allowed to slow down every once in a while. You are allowed to be a friend to yourself instead of acting like an enemy. Although you might feel like tough love is exactly what you need to push yourself to reach your goals, being too harsh could backfire on you. Breaks are necessary in order to recharge, so you’re back to your full capabilities. So you feel like yourself again.
You need to take a breather if you can’t remember the last time that you have given yourself permission to relax. Remember, you don’t have to earn your rest days. You deserve them, whether you have reached your goals or not, because you are a living, breathing human being. You can’t keep treating yourself like you are unstoppable because you have limitations. Everyone does. And if you ignore the signals that your mind and body need rest, you are only hurting yourself.
You need to take a breather if you have been putting others ahead of yourself throughout this entire year. If you’re always running around, trying to make other people happy, without taking a second to stop and think about what all this work is doing to your happiness. Although you should be proud of yourself for caring so much about others, you don’t want to prioritize them above yourself. You don’t want to neglect what you need the most in the name of being a good partner or friend. You need to look out for yourself too. You need to put effort into loving yourself the same way you are always extending love to others. Direct your kindness inside for a change.
You need to take a breather if you have been following a strict routine, and just going with the motions, without stopping to ask yourself whether you’re happy along this path. You don’t want to keep chugging along, just because that’s what you’ve always done. Here and there, you need to do some introspection. You need to make sure that you’re doing what makes the most sense for you, personally, not just what you were taught to do. Not what you are expected to do. A break could give you the space you need to figure some things out. To rethink your next steps so you’re moving into the new year with a solid plan. Although a break might initially feel unproductive, it could be the most productive thing you do for a long time.
Take a breather this December because you need a chance to relax and recharge before the new year. Although you might be disappointed about failing to meet certain goals this year, you have already worked hard enough in 2023. You have already done your fair share. It’s time for you to unwind a little. It’s time to stop thinking so hard, stop working so hard, and just be.