Whether you’re one of those driven, Type-A people who love to give everything they do a 110% effort, or if you simply enjoy your work and are passionate about what you do, I suggest you not only work hard, but play hard.
Up to this point in the stress reduction challenge we’ve talked a lot about rest and relaxation but they are just one part of creating balance in your life.
The reality is that many of us have to work, whether it’s in our homes, as caregivers, serving in the community or at a job. We want to work hard, be successful and see the fruit of all of our labors.
Don’t be afraid of the hustle. You just have to learn how to pace yourself so that you have some downtime after working.
I’m learning this lesson myself. Running a blog means lots of learning and toiling away for months before seeing any real fruit from my labors.
Downtime can be playing hard at what you love or sleeping all day. It’s an essential part of self care. You’ve got to have that time to recharge your batteries! You’ve certainly earned that time to unwind and destress.
Don’t ever feel guilty about some taking this time, especially if you’ve been going, going , going for the past day, week or even months.
You need to time to unplug from everything and recharge.
This means that if you’re the type of person who likes to stay busy and on the go, then playing hard is your best way to recharge. Sitting on the beach or sleeping in and taking a nap in the afternoon aren’t for everybody, and they aren’t the only ways to relax and reduce stress.But if that’s what you love, then do go for it. Go ahead and plan that relaxing vacation with absolutely nothing to do and no obligations to anyone.
But if getting quiet and doing nothing makes you antsy, remember that it’s not the only way to unplug and recharge your batteries. There’s much to be said for working hard and playing harder.
Even if you love your family, your job or your business, it’s important to take some time to step away from it, even just for an afternoon.
Scheduling or taking some time away from your responsibilities will remind you why you work so hard in the first place!
You want to able to enjoy the fun things in life with the people you love the most. After taking a fun vacation or even just a few hours out and about doing fun things with your family, you’ll be reminded of this. That will keep you motivated in the future to keep on working hard so that you can provide for your loved ones.
And let’s be real…being able to go on a cruise or buy a fun new toy like a kayak is great motivation to keep on working hard so that you can bring in extra money!
Playing is necessary for healthy brain function. It’s okay to walk away from the day to day responsibilities of work. Doing this allows your brain to wander and think things over in your subconscious.
Then don’t be surprised to come back after few days of play or vacation and find that you’re coming up with a great solution for whatever problem that’s been bugging you for weeks. Or perhaps you’ve come up with a great new idea for a product or business idea.
Taking some time off from everything will ultimately help you to create more momentum in every area of your life.
Reality check. Some days I can’t work or play. Living with chronic illness will do that to you. Or I’m having to play Uber driver for my kids and there’s no time for anything extra. It can get exhausting. Sometimes I feel completely powerless over everything and wonder if I should keep on trying to meet my business goals.
When I can’t do anything, even on the days when I’m stuck in bed, I can always pray and understand that God sees the big picture. I can work to the best of my limitations, but the end result is up to Him. I’m still learning to rest in His care and provision for me when I’m down.
What are your favorite ways to rest and recharge after working hard? How do you find hope when you’re down?