Last school year, I had been stuck in a constant cycle of completing assignments and going to bed. Everyday, I was assigned with so much work that I did not have time to do anything else. It got to the point where I felt like I was being buried alive my work and I could never dig myself out. Each time I would complete something, it would be immediately replaced with something new. All of that, on top of my other responsibilities, left me a wreck. I was not happy and felt completely overwhelmed. As I went through all of this, I finally learned the importance of taking a break.
When you are constantly doing things, one after the other, it can become too much. It puts a strain on emotional and physical stability. It makes it so that you cannot give 100% to all of your responsibilities. Whether it is work, school assignments, or at-home responsibilities, people need a break. For your brain and body to function effectively, you need to take a few minutes to rest in between piles of work. Although it might not seem like it at the time, emotional health is just as important as getting things done. Without your emotional health, your work cannot live up to its full potential.
Taking breaks in between things is necessary and provides many benefits for your health. Letting your mind rest can improve memory, mood, and reduce stress. This allows you to live a happier lifestyle. According to Alan Cohen, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” This quote expresses the importance of both aspects. So next time you are overwhelmed, relax and take a break.