I feel like I hear the term “hustle” all over the place these days. I loveeee hustlin’ on my client work and personal projects, but sometimes I feel like I just need a break.
Sometimes a short walk around the block is enough for me, but other times I feel like I just need to take a whole day off. (Almost like an “anti-hustle” sick day.)
As an entrepreneur and self-employed person, I’ve found that it’s really important that I listen to myself when I feel like I need a break. Sometimes I don’t pay enough attention to my thoughts about taking a break and instead I keep working away. But after a while of not paying attention, I slowly start to feel anxious, overloaded, or over-worked.
One of the common things that has kept me from taking breaks is the thought that I “shouldn’t.” Many times I’ve thought about taking time off, but then I start to feel bad about it and that I “should” be working instead!
We all know comparing does no good. And deciding to keep chugging away based off of fear-driven “should”s and “shouldn’t”s doesn’t help either!
The truth is, when I feel like I need a good break, it’s worth it for me to take that time off instead of continuing to hustle. I’m usually more level headed because I’ve had time to take care of myself instead of being obsessed with my work.
If you’re feeling burnt out, try giving yourself permission to take a breather. 🙂 In fact, I had one of these moments earlier today and I’m super glad I decided to give myself the time off. We all need a good break every now and then!
Have you had a similar experience recently? How do you regularly take time off and disconnect from work? Let me know in the comments!
* I realize not everyone has the luxury to take time off whenever they want, especially in larger chunks. I’m incredibly grateful I have the opportunity and flexibility to do so!