I’ll preface this post by saying that I’m the type of person who cares for the wellbeing of his loved ones. In some cases, I can even find myself putting others’ wellbeing before my own. That said, I do acknowledge that the burden of my wellbeing is ultimately on my own shoulders, and I do strive to take care of myself in the same way I take care of others.
Now, ask yourself this: do you have a tendency to overwork yourself? Do you tend to become so absorbed in your work that you start to neglect even basic necessities? If so, how has it affected you?
While I can’t speak from experience, I’m a firm believer in the notion that overworking yourself is a dangerous practice. Sure, it can have its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. In fact, research has shown that overworking yourself has adverse effects on one’s health, both physical and mental. Which, I believe, is why it’s important to get to know yourself in that regard – know your limits and when to slow down. I hate to admit this, but I’m still in the process of getting to know mine.
The importance of rest can’t be overstated. Even workaholics can’t keep rushing ahead ceaselessly. Even workaholics need a moment to themselves once in a while. I’d like to put extra emphasis on “a moment to themselves” here – I mean that in the most literal sense possible. A computer or TV can certainly provide methods of relaxation, but they also provide a convenient distraction that doesn’t serve to facilitate the kind of relaxation I’m talking about. I mean a moment to yourself without any distractions whatsoever.
My preferred method of relaxation is to go to sit somewhere in the middle of nature – one such place happens to be located not far from my apartment – close my eyes and breathe calmly for an idefinite amount of time. That way, my mind is cleared of any and all thoughts, and I lose track of time. That may sound intimidating, but it serves the ideal function for me. That’s my way of having a moment to myself. For that moment, nothing else exists – only me.
And I highly encourage you to do the same if you find yourself overworked.
It’ll be for your benefit.