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How To Take A Break: Your Mental Health Needs It 

How To Take A Break: Your Mental Health Needs It

The Need To Take A Break

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” by Lewis Caroll perfectly encapsulates my thoughts on this topic. Very often we find it so difficult to slow down—we would rather take on the world a mile a minute instead of taking our time to think things through thoroughly before deciding on anything. Although it is not entirely our fault, due to the fast-paced nature of the world, I believe that it is time that we acknowledge and understand what this high speed can and will do to us.

I am habitually burdened and annoyed by the world constantly moving and changing around me. It never stops and all I want is to escape for a while so that I can just BREATHE. In one of the darker periods of my life, I was stressed, frustrated, and very sad. But somehow, I found the strength to write a little note that I still use up to this day:

“Taking a break is always good; a break from reality… a break from your daily schedule. You get the chance to view things differently, to analyze things with a new vision. To fully understand how and why things happen the way they do. The reason we’re so stressed is that we find it hard to just… stop. And breathe. Take a break, have some alone time. Think. Write it out, scream it out, and get back to reality! You’ll view things from a whole new perspective. A better perspective and life will get better.”

– Aleisha Henry

We miss out on life when we are always on the green and never on the red. Can you imagine how chaotic a city would be if every stoplight was on green? There would be no order. Everyone would want to move at the same time because they all have something to do and somewhere to be. Think of your mind as the city without red lights—all your thoughts being so jumbled and haphazard. Wow, my head hurts just thinking about it. The sad truth is that we often mistreat our mind. We have our brain on overdrive and we do not stop to rest.

Think about a vehicle, it must stop at some point to not overheat and explode. While our minds won’t blow up literally, figuratively, it can and will. Your brain can experience burnout, which is the state of being physically and emotionally exhausted due to stress and working under demanding conditions. Burnout is not something that happens overnight, it is a creeper and it will shock you!

The importance of creating opportunities of taking a break from it all in the fast-paced world.

Patience Is A Virtue

When we are faced with certain dilemmas in life, whether concerning work, personal issues, or something else, it is of paramount importance that we do not rush to make decisions. Instead, try to follow my two-step rule; stop and think. Simple, right? Take a break, analyze the situation, weigh the pros and cons then make an informed decision. We do not always have to be in a hurry because life is not going to just get up and run away from us.

Do you know the saying “good things come to those who wait”? Well, when a person is naturally patient, they tend to experience fewer depressive episodes and pessimistic emotions, which may be caused by them handling stressful situations well. Patience is a key aspect of our lives—we need to stop rushing and be patient in everything we do.

Mentally Rejuvenate

Just as how we find it easy to take care of our physical self, we should also make time for our mental health as well. Our mind will let us know when it is tired and needs a break. Here are some ways that I rejuvenate my mind:

  • Beach Days! –The beach is my favorite place in the whole world. I love being immersed in large bodies of water, even though I cannot swim :/. I go to the beach whenever I need to escape—I feel like the world pauses for the few hours I am at the beach and I am finally at peace, locked away from the chaos of the world!
  • Unplugging! –I unplug when I know I am hanging on to a string. I put my phone on airplane mode, turn off the Wi-Fi, and just take some time to rest—allowing my mind to roam freely and think about anything and everything.  
  • I write ? –It is in a state of sadness that I write most of my poems to uplift my spirit. If I am not writing a poem, I am making one of my famous lists of what I need to get done. As I have said in previous articles, this causes less stress because I have clearly outlined everything, and my brain does not have to work overtime.

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