The trickiest thing about modern life is knowing when you’ve had enough and it’s time for a break. It can be easy to spend so much time juggling work and family that you miss the signs that you’re burning out and on the verge of a breakdown. It can be hard to admit you deserve a respite from the hustle and chaos of everyday stresses, but there are some signs that you’ve gone too far and it’s time to slow down.
One sign of danger is constant worry about things out of your control. Maybe you read the news and see terrible things happening, and then close your eyes and picture those things happening to your family. That’s not healthy or productive,and it will only cause you trouble in the long term.
The fact is, life is unpredictable. Everything can turn on a dime, and there’s no use just sitting around and waiting for it all the time. There are some things you can to do to take care of your loved ones, from big things like obtaining life insurance to smaller things like making sure your house has a fully stocked first aid kit ready to go at all times. But if you’ve done some tangible things to protect yourself and your family and the worry still persists, it’s time to take more drastic action.
Get Out of Your Rut by Getting Out
A change of scenery can go a long way towards resetting and refreshing you mentally. Humans are creatures of habit, and if we’ve made a habit of going to work, going home, going to sleep, and then waking up and repeating it all the next day, then just existing in the same places will cause tension and anxiety. No matter how much you love your house, it’s not good for you to stay there too long and stew in a pot of your own neuroses (unless of course you’re stewing in your custom-built hot tub, then maybe it’s not so bad). You won’t be good company, to yourself or to your loved ones.
But where can you go to relax and recharge? You have options, even if you may not quite realize them.
Think outside the box and consider a trip with the family to the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Whether you’re interested in eating as much Southern comfort food as possible or sitting by the beach and taking in the striking views of the water, you’ll find something to help you relax. There’s plenty to do, regardless of if you want heart-pounding fun or calm, soothing rest. Let yourself be healed by an environment that’s completely different from the everyday grind of work and school. There’s plenty of time for that later. Life is short, and you can’t forget to enjoy it every now and again.
When the vacation is over and it’s time to go back to your normal life, you’ll be surprised at how much better you and your loved ones will feel. There’s more than one way to take care of your family. Sometimes all you need to do to deal with your normal, mundane life problems is to escape them for a while and realize there’s more to life than figuring out the daily carpool. Your friends and co-workers will notice a difference. “You sure seem happy,” they’ll say. The change will be surprising, but first, you have to let yourself be open to the possibility of being surprised.
So log out of your work email and put away your laptop. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. You know that mental to-do list that constantly runs through your head? Trash it. Just crumble it up and get rid of it. You’ve got some living to do, and you can’t do that from your office. Your family will thank you, and you’ll thank yourself when you come back feeling refreshed and revitalized.