After a long week at work filled with back to back meetings and overtime, I wanted to touch on the importance of mental health and well-being. Although this is getting better, I think this is a topic that is not brought up enough. And we as a society are not being as open about our own mental health as we could/should be. Being someone with anxiety, sometimes I put my own mental health on the back burner and continue to push through and tackle things as many things as I can at once. This more times than not this leads to burn out (and probably an unreasonable breakdown in my car and calling my sister, bless her soul, ranting). Taking time for myself everyday is something that I personally struggle with sometimes but am working towards becoming better.
Unfortunately even in this day in age, the importance of focusing on your own mental health is not stressed. We live in a fast paced environment, pushing us to work faster and get more done. Between working 40 hours a week (sometimes more) and tackling everything on your To Do List; taking time to focus on yourself is hard. It sometimes requires us to schedule time for ourselves. Why is it that we lose focus on ourselves and on our own mental health? I know first hand that when I am stressed out, I toss and turn at night so I do not get a full nights sleep. I have a pit in my stomach, and sometimes my stress leads to me being unfocused and unable concentrate. So let’s take a vow to focus on our well-being and doing something about it.
The title is as to the point as I could get. Seriously, take a damn break. Take that ten minute break at work you think you could go without and have a few minutes to yourself. (Weather permitting, go for a walk outside…the fresh air will do you good) Or take an hour on the weekends to relax. Hell, take a whole weekend to refresh. Trust me, continuing to hustle at 100 mph for an extended time WILL catch up to you. Taking time for yourself, although at the time it seems selfish, it is important to your well-being. You will feel more relaxed and able to tackle your workload more efficiently.
How do I take time to relax? Well, it all depends on if I am at work or at home. I take an hour or so on the weekends to not look at my phone and relax. This could be enjoying a nice glass of wine, a good work-out, a coffee date with friends or family. (coffee dates are great…try them). Take advantage of weekends when the stress of work is left at your desk. When I am at work and feeling overwhelmed, I will try to take advantage of my breaks and de-stress by taking a walk or venting to a friend during lunch. I also listen to relaxing music and take a few deep breaths to refocus.
Let’s all take a vow to make our mental health and well-being a priority in our lives and to take time for ourselves.
**Seriously, if you are someone who deals with anxiety and/or panic attacks or have moments of high stress I suggest that you download the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union. This is a life changer for me. I listen to this at work when I am stressed or just need to re-focus.