I run into burned out or nearly burned out people everyday. This is a bigger issue than most people pay any attention to, until it’s too late. Let’s not wait until then.
By the time I was willing to admit to myself that I was burnt out, it was too late. I had withdrawn socially and stopped sleeping. I found myself crying during the middle of the day for no good reason at all. I just wanted to do better, to work as hard as I thought everyone else around me was working. It was easier for me to tell myself to work harder than it was for me to face the truth—that I needed a break.
Everyone needs a break from time-to-time. According to Scientific American, exposure to constant stress releases the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol within the body. These hormones block your ability to properly process information—among a host of other health issues they cause.
When I say break, I’m not talking about a fifteen minute stroll around the block. I’m talking about some consecutive days off. The body takes a while to disconnect from the stress. That can take anywhere from a few days to a full week. Your physical and mental resources need time to regenerate. You didn’t lose them overnight, so you can’t expect to gain them back overnight either.
Here are just some of the health benefits to taking some time off:
- Breaks you out of the cycle of stress
- Improves relationships
- Able to gain new perspectives
- Helps your heart and resets your mind