Stress sucks, literally. If you think about it, stress can quickly suck all the life out of you and completely consume you. As hard as you might try to fight it, it’s always there ready and waiting to snatch you up again.
There are countless articles, studies, videos, and podcast episodes dedicated to helping you destress and live again, each one containing pro tips, life hacks or whatever else you want to call it, that will help to bring you peace of mind.
All that is well and good, but they don’t always provide you with the reset your body and mind truly need.
As a Freelance Writer, I’ve had my fair share of stress. In fact, earlier this week I was simply burnt the fuck out, and I had been feeling that way for a while.
I kept doing some meditation, taking breaks, spending time doing creative things before working, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to shake the stress off.
After much frustration and added stress because I couldn’t unwind (how ironic, huh?) I realized what I needed to do, and I know it will help you too.
So what was this brilliant epiphany I had? Do nothing.
That’s right, I said do nothing. Not more meditation, not exercise, not hanging out with friends or anything else that we’ve all been advised to do.
Instead, I decided to dedicate an entire day to not doing anything. I postponed my meetings and deadlines to the following day and did all the things listed, and you know what? It was the best thing I could have done for myself! I laid in my bed, watched 20/20 episodes, read blog posts, perused eBay, and I liked it.
At first, I felt a little guilty, I felt lazy, and I even felt a little stressed. I questioned my actions countless times and in different ways. Would my clients be understanding? Am I not grabbing life by the horns? Do I not have what it takes to work for myself?
But then I remembered why I was doing this.
I had been going at it hard and fast for weeks. From morning to night and even into the weekend, I was working and feeling overwhelmed. I was putting too much pressure on myself and I wasn’t treating myself right.
After putting it all into perspective, I felt confident about my decision and I thoroughly enjoyed the luxury of doing nothing.
So the next time you feel stressed out, why not take a day off? If you can, of course. But even on the weekend, take one day to just do your own thing and put work on the back burner.
There’s too much of an expectation to constantly be moving and shaking, to always be on, and to never stop competing, but what can you really accomplish if you’re feeling overwhelmed and drained all the time? You owe it to yourself to take a break sometimes.
Just give it a try. I promise it will be the reset you need to come back swinging with full force!