Hey guys, sorry there wasn’t a Self-Care Sunday last week. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say that there was a bit of a problem at my apartment. My roommate and I are both fine, but it was a miserable couple of days before we pinned the problem down and got it taken care of. By the time it was taken care of, I was honestly just too mentally and physically exhausted to even think about writing. So I decided to take a break.
Sometimes you just need to step away from something, even something you enjoy, and just rest. Taking some time off gives your mind and body a chance to basically reset and recharge. Otherwise, you may just end up overworked and overwhelmed. When this happens, it becomes more and more difficult to focus on any one task, and the quality of everything you are working on is reduced. Not taking breaks when you need to will also eventually lead to burnout. This leaves you both physically and mentally exhausted and causes you to lose all motivation to do what needs to be done.
Giving yourself some downtime every once in a while will boost your productivity and creativity in the long run. It’ll also benefit your physical well-being. Back in 2017, a group of researchers from University College London, Edinburgh University, and the University of Sydney did a study on the link between physical and mental health. They found that individuals who displayed symptoms of depression and anxiety were more at risk from cancer and cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. It has also been proven that individuals under constant or chronic stress are more likely to develop mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
That being said, I have decided to step away from Self-Care Sundays for another week or two and come back to them after I’m done with my midterms. I might post other types of content that don’t require as much research as the Self-Care Sunday series, but I haven’t decided yet. With my exams and essays, I’m in the middle of right now; I’m worried that the quality of those assignments and these posts may take a hit. So I’m taking this time off to focus not just on my midterms but also giving myself more time to rest during the week and practice more self-care of my own to de-stress. That way, when I come back, I can approach these posts in a better frame of mind and with renewed creativity and motivation. So, until then, take care of yourselves friends.