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Importance Of Taking A Break

Hello! How are you doing? I am going to assume not so great since, more often than not, most of us are just working. I will write as I am speaking to the reader directly so that this feels more personal. The point of this article is to ensure that you know the importance of taking a break.

Now see, I am assuming you are not doing great because you are overworkebecauseat I have witnessed everyone going through the same thing. At this point, it does not matter if you are a college student or someone working in the real world, we all are in the same boat.


The Improtance Of Taking A Break:

Let’s first talk about people who work, those who earn a livelihood. Whether anyone accepts it or not, most people who are actually working to sustain themselves are overworked. Before COVID, working hours used to be fixed. However, it is not the same anymore, there are no fixed timings. And the profession hardly matters at this point. You might be sitting in front of your laptop at 8:00 am and working till 11:00 pm.

If you step out of your house to work, it is not uncommon for you to have some work to do at home. You can be an influencer or work in a corporate world or even do something of your own. You don’t get time to see your family or your friends, and everyone just expects you to work throughout the day because that is the current work culture.

Now let’s talk about the students. The majority of the students spend more than half of their day attending classes. After classes, of course, there are assignments to do. And along with that, the pressure to do something else.

Something else here basically refers to the pressure to do an internship or have a small business on Instagram or something else of that sort. And there are, of course, a number of students who are doing side courses as well. Thus, it is no surprise that students are overworked too. There seems to be no time to kick back, and taking a break seems like a distant dream.

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See, at no point, I am saying that working hard is wrong. It is not. What is wrong is overworking and not taking a break every once in a while.

So why are people not okay with taking a break?

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To be honest, there is only one reason why taking a break doesn’t seem as important as work. It has somehow become a trend to overwork yourself. I will try to explain this. If anyone has ever used the Instagram reels feature, you will see people putting up stories of them quitting their jobs because they didn’t want to work 9-5. And now, because of their small business or freelancing, they are working 24/7. They romanticize working all day and not taking a break.

I mean, of course, you are allowed to do a 9-5 job and start something of your own and work as you want, but it is important to realize that your main point of satisfaction cannot and should not just be your work. Look, being ambitious is great, and working on your dreams is great, but this entire concept of working all the time is just toxic in the end. Taking a break is always important.

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Here is what will happen if you put taking a break at the back-burner:

  • Tired all the time: I am not joking when I say this, you will literally be tired all the time. Your brain will be tired and your body will be tired, and you will be left with no energy and, ultimately, become a zombie who essentially feeds on work.
  • You will start falling sick: A direct result of your body being tired is that you will start falling sick because your body will not be able to keep up with you. In the end, it will be you who will be on the losing end.
  • You will feel overwhelmed: you will be constantly working, and at one point, your brain is bound to hit its limit, and you will end up just feeling everything is a lot to handle. You will end up feeling overwhelmed and soon enough start to start taking stress over how much you have to do, and you won’t be able to handle it.
  • You will not like doing things you used to love: While initially, working so much feels great, and so when you finally get time to do something you love, you enjoy it way more. However, eventually, you will feel so overworked that doing something you love will also feel like a burden.
  • No motivation: Overworking means pushing yourself to do more, and how do you push yourself to do more? By motivating yourself. So if you keep overworking and pushing yourself to do more than you can handle, you will eventually run out of motivation and working will become a tedious task.
  • You become distant: It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or extrovert when it comes to this. See, social interaction requires energy. Some need it more while others can manage on less. However, you need this energy. So when you overwork yourself, you are not left with energy, and if you are not left with energy, you don’t feel like interacting with anyone, thus resulting in you becoming distant and isolated.
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The endpoint is taking a break is absolutely necessary if you want other things in life. And having other things in life is necessary. Look, work is one part of life, and I realize it in importance, but it is not and should not be the only thing.

Doing other things is just as essential to living a good life, learning new things, and meeting new people, neither of which is related to work. I am not going to say don’t ever overwork. Let’s be honest, sometimes we have to, just don’t make it an everyday thing.

If you are someone who has been overworking for way too long then the following are a few things you can do every day to start taking a break and finding calm:

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  • Go for walks: Taking a break does not mean extra effort, just go for a 15-min walk and relax. Walking has always been extremely therapeutic for me, and I think getting a couple of minutes without stressing over what has to be done is extremely necessary. While walking you see people you don’t know. You see them working or talking to someone or just walking like you, and you tend to feel less alone.
  • Listen to music: Everyone knows nothing helps as music does. Listen to music depending on the mood every day and between work and just shut off the world, even if it is for 5 minutes
  • Watch that series/film: If there is a movie or show you want to watch but have been putting off because you have to work, then watch it. Taking a 2-hour break for yourself is not a crime and, in fact, is extremely necessary.
  • Talk to your friends/family: If you stay with your family or your friends, get out of the room and interact with them. Ask them how they are doing and tell them about your day. Not talking about a bad day is not a good thing, so just talk it out and relax.
  • Go out and meet that person: If there is someone you have wanted to meet, then meet them. Make a plan and get going. You deserve to treat yourself.
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The activities mentioned above are just suggestions on how to break the monotony of your everyday life. Taking a break of 15 minutes to do whatever you want can be extremely relaxing and necessary.

I don’t know when, but somewhere along the line, we all felt overworking was necessary to achieve our dreams, and yes, sometimes it is necessary, but it should never be at the expense of your mental and physical well-being.

Go ahead and do what you have been putting off while taking a break because it is just as important as your work.

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P.S: You can love your work and still need a break.

So go ahead; taking a break is not a crime!

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