Just “take it easy”. It’s a phrase that many people say, however, only a few understand the true essence of it. There was a time in my life where doing what I love to do the most proved to be a burden for me. That’s when I learned a valuable lesson, even your passion can prove to be a burden if it’s overdone. I started working for hours and this resulted in me losing the track of time, making myself unhealthy, and gaining a considerable amount of weight. Of course, none of these things are good for you and you must learn how to ‘take it easy’.
While struggling with these issues, I understood that I need to do something to make my life better. It was all bearable until one day I just felt like giving up. It was a very hard time for me as I never thought that following my dreams with such dedication would harm me. Well, it did and I just wanted to change some things in my life. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy journey, but I did it.
I created a proper routine for myself and made a habit of doing things other than work as well. I created time for myself to have a little bit of fun and it worked out. Instead of just paying attention to my work, I managed to take out some time to take care of my mental and physical health. I did this because your body is the only thing that will stay with you for the rest of your life and nothing or no one can replace or change this.
Paying attention to yourself is very important in order to learn and master the art of ‘taking it easy’. The only person that can help you in this is you yourself. Just remember the things that make you feel happy and take out time from your busy life to do those things. Make time for your hobbies and if you don’t have any, develop some such as watching tv, playing video games, swimming, and so on. Just make sure you have time to rejuvenate and get back to work with a fresh and open mind.
To help you in doing so, here are some things that helped me to learn and master the art of ‘taking it easy’:
Keep Your Priorities Clear
Work is not the only important thing in life. Your friends and family, basically your social life is a very important part of your life. Don’t ever keep work or anything else in this world above that. Having an interesting and happening social life is the key to living with a positive mindset. I still remember how I used to keep work above everything else and trust me, it’s not healthy at all. Just make sure that your social life and the people that you care about are on the top of your priority list.
Learn How To Forgive Yourself
If you are reading this then it means that you already have a busy and stressful life. Taking stress in itself is a very harmful thing for both your mental and physical health and if you keep feeling guilty about the mistakes you’ve made, you’ll end up being even more stressed. So, before going any further, you must learn how to realize and reflect on your mistakes. Then, you must forgive yourself before seeking forgiveness from others or even God.
Acceptance Is The Key
The way you are is perfect. Sure, improvement is important, however, overworking is not the way to make yourself better at something. In most cases (including mine), overworking harms your overall performance as you don’t give yourself the time to recover, take rest, and have fun. One of the most major aspects of living with a positive mindset is realizing and accepting the person you are. Never doubt your capabilities and you’ll be able to live the life that you want to. Nothing and nobody can stop you from achieving anything in life.
Trust me, your work will still be there for you after your break. Just give yourself the time to recover by going on a vacation or something. Don’t stress yourself with a huge amount of work. It’s always better going ahead one step at a time. The most important thing in your life is your health. So, you must take good care of yourself in order to live with a positive attitude.
Spend Money On Yourself
We all have a dream something we want to buy since our childhood. Throughout our school and college lives, we keep dreaming of many things that we want to buy when we get older and have money of our own. And when we are actually making enough for that thing, we end up saving that money thinking that we’ll spend it on something better. I think doing this is wrong because it makes you feel like you’re not living according to your needs and finally, it results in stress.
Again, taking stress is BAD for your mental and physical health. So, whatever it is that you want to buy with your money, just go ahead and buy it if you have enough money for it. Do not wait for anything. Do what you love to do and live the life you’ve always wanted to live.
It’s your life… nobody apart from you can stop you from doing anything. You must always remember that. And yeah, take it easy… life is too short for being stressed out.