Our current busy lifestyles come with both benefits and less pleasant parts.
We can often wake up drained, sick, coughing or with a fever, or simply not being able to get out of bed.
Putting physical health over mental health is and has been a problem for a long time. They are both equally important. You can’t have one without the other. They go hand in hand. If your mind is tired and overwhelmed with all the daily things you have to do, work, chores, stressful situations – then your body will not be at ease.
If we keep ignoring the stressful factors that are present in our daily lives, we expose ourselves at a huge risk of a burnout – and it’s not a pleasant situation to recover from.
For most people, work is a major stressor. Most companies don’t understand ‘mental health’ as they should, and they don’t understand that every now and then, people just need some time off (besides weekends). Your mental state has a huge impact on your work performance, so keep an eye on how you’re mentally feeling if you want to be at your best at work. Let’s put it simple: if you are happy, your boss will be happy too. Win-win!
When do you know you know a day off?
If you’re finding it hard to focus on your daily tasks and if you’re getting easily annoyed by anything work-related, that’s a major sign you need some time off. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. When you’re dealing with daily work stress, your emotional resources can’t cover enough for you to achieve your best performance.
If you’re constantly tired, exhausted, if your muscles are always tense and you feel unwell, if you’re feeling ‘zoned out’ and restless, these are signs that your body needs some time off to recover.
Of course holidays and weekends are something every working person should benefit from, but don’t be afraid to ask for a day off if you feel like you need it. Most often, people feel guilty if they feel the need of a day off. And even more, most often people hide behind reasons like needing to fix their car, take their pet to the doctor or doing house repairs just because they feel afraid to ask for a personal day off. This shouldn’t be something shameful. Everyone needs a day off every once in a while. It’s normal.
The right approach to this is to open up to your boss or your superior and tell them exactly what you feel and what you need. This kind of behaviour should really be encouraged considering the busy and stressful times we are living.
What should you do on a day off in order to recover from stress?
Take the time to have a proper night’s sleep, wake up rested, cook breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee, go out for a walk or go for grocery shopping, go shopping, go out in nature – whatever makes your soul happy.
You deserve it.
Happy mind, happy body. Your productivity will be 100% if you know how to treat your body and mind in the right way.