I know some of us think we don’t, but we all need to take breaks once in a while. Many people feel like they’re too busy to take a break but what they don’t realize is that not taking a break is making them less effective. Breaks are necessary if you want to perform at your best and feel excited about what you do. Not sure if you need a break? Check out the warning signs below that you need to take a break before you break!
Warning Signs You Need A Break
You truly believe there just isn’t enough time to get everything done.
I think a lot of people fall into the trap of trying to do everything themselves so it gets done right. This is a bit of a control freak characteristic. If you’re one of those people and you keep running around trying to do everything you’re going to burn out. You need to take a break and use that time to figure out what you absolutely have to do and what you can delegate to others. It’ll be hard at first but once you see how much more effective you become you’ll be so glad you did it.
A ringing phone stresses you out.
When you’re super busy and the phone rings it signifies more work which can completely stress you out. If this is happening to you it’s a clear sign that you have way too much on your plate and you need to step out for a while to reevaluate. Quite often a lot of the things you do can be streamlined or delegated or dropped completely. You need a clear head to be able to figure all that out so take a break.
You have no social life.
Spending time with people you love is something we all need to do as often as possible. Did you know that people with more active social lives tend to live longer? If you’re so busy that you can’t carve out time to spend with your friends and loved ones you really need to take a break and get some of that quality time with them.
You hate it when there’s a change in your routine.
When you’re so busy trying to be in charge of every aspect of your life a change can really throw you for a loop. If you find yourself getting angry when someone changes a meeting time or reschedules plans they had with you it’s time to schedule some time off.
Things that normally wouldn’t annoy you suddenly start annoying you.
Are you finding yourself getting annoyed with things that normally wouldn’t bother you? Are certain people who you’re close to suddenly becoming super annoying? This can be a symptom of burnout and a clear sign that you need to get away before you react in a way that you’ll regret later.
Take A Break!
I know it’s easy to get caught up in your own busy world but taking breaks is essential. If you never take a break you could be heading to a really bad outcome. Don’t let yourself get to a point where you hate what you do and you’re miserable with your life. Schedule in regular breaks so you can be the best you.
I think everyone has been in a situation where they realized that things just aren’t working. But how do you know when it’s time to move on? What if the thing, or person, you feel like you may need to move on from is a significant part of your life? What if what you’re feeling is because of other circumstances in your life but you’re just projecting your frustrations onto something or someone else. You don’t want to make a mistake that you can’t fix again. You need to figure out how to know when it’s time to move on.
How To Know When It’s Time To Move On
Here are a few things that may be clues that it is actually time to move on.
You’re not happy.
We all have bad days where we feel unhappy but if you find yourself feeling unhappy more often than not it’s time to take a closer look. Are you unhappy the majority of the time? If so, that’s a clear signal that you need to change or leave the situation. Keep in mind that you can’t necessarily change things. If you realize you can’t change the situation and that makes you unhappy, it’s time to move on.
You’ve stopped pursuing the things you love.
When you’re unhappy with a major part of your life it’s really hard to get passionate about anything. If you find that the things that once excited you no longer do, it may mean the situation you’re in has become toxic.
You find yourself wishing things would change.
If you’re daydreaming about how much better things would be if they changed but you can’t make the change happen it’s time to move on. Life isn’t meant to be spent daydreaming about how great it could be. If you feel that you can’t actively go after what you want because of your situation, it may be time to move on.
You’ve done all you can to make things better and it hasn’t worked.
If you’ve tried everything you can to change the situation and nothing has worked it’s a clear sign that nothing ever will change. You need to feel truly happy in order for a situation to be healthy. If you’ve tried everything and you’ve been completely honest with the people involved about how you feel and it’s still not changing, it never will. Don’t stay stuck in something that makes you unhappy.
You’re burnt out.
If you feel emotionally and physically exhausted and it’s been going on for a while you’re probably burnt out. Burnout happens when you feel a lack of control. You’re overloaded with responsibilities that you’re not being fairly recognized and/or rewarded for. You’ll also feel like your values are conflicted. If this sounds familiar make your voice heard. If the problem can’t be rectified, move on.
Making That Tough Decision
The decision to move on isn’t always easy. Especially if you’ve invested a lot of time and effort into something. The bottom line though is that you need to look after you and do what’s right for you. Staying in a situation where you’re miserable is not only a disservice to you, it’s a disservice to those around you. Take a long hard look at the issues and decide what you truly need.
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