There’s a saying that goes, “If you don’t choose a day to rest, your body will choose it for you.” I know what you’re thinking, “the bills ain’t gonna pay themselves.” They also aren’t going anywhere, so you need you factor in relaxation in-between.
I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true. Unfortunately with the way the economy is set up, if you are not in the upper class hierarchy, you will be paying bills for the rest of your life. However, that doesn’t mean we have to work ourselves to death. These companies don’t care about your mental health or well-being. If they did, paid time off and paid mental health days would already be mandatory. We offer so much to these companies and get so little return, so why risk your physical and mental health?
I know it’s easier said than done, but resting feeds the soul. It’s like an athlete who goes to the gym six days out of the week and use one day to rest. Why? Because they know that if they don’t rest, they can risk injury, hinder their growth, and cause severe fatigue. If any athlete didn’t rest, they know for a fact that they would eventually burn out. The same goes for us, make sure you are factoring rest days to avoid burn out.
So you’ve taken a day off but now what? Well, here’s some ideas for you. Have you ever tried meditating? How about yoga? Both meditation and yoga center the soul and encourage you to focus on your breathing and relax your muscles. When was the last time you propped your feet up on the couch and read a good book? Sit back and even catch up on your favorite shows? When was the last time you sat in the tub and took a bubble bath? (I personally like using lavender Epsom salt with a vanilla scent bath bomb. Thank me later.)
Do the things that you have deprived yourself of. You deserve it. Why? Because you matter and your health is the most important asset and jobs know this. If you are not in good health, how do you expect to do your job effectively and efficiently. Take the time to take a load off and just relax for once.