Why Taking Breaks During Recovery is Important
As all of you know, life can be sometimes difficult. Balancing your social life, your health, a career, household chores, and finances, just to name a few, can become incredibly overwhelming. For some people, especially those with mental illnesses, that can exponentially raise the stress levels. You’ve most likely experienced this first hand, which is why I think that it’s important that you give yourself a break.
What I mean by that is just as it sounds. Give yourself one day, a weekend, even a couple hours to just get away from it all. You can stay in, you can go out, whatever it takes to get your mind off of your worries for a while. While I wholly recommend letting loose, don’t go too crazy, because you’ll have to dive back into your responsibilities right after. However, it is extremely important that you give yourself time to decompress, and let yourself relax once in a while. Otherwise, you’ll end up shoving it all down, and it will become a literal weight on your body. Your muscles will tense and you’ll actually feel as if these stresses are actually sitting on your shoulders. So not only for your physical health is this important, but being worry free for a little while can also let you focus on your mental health.
You’ll normally hear from people who are repeat patients at an inpatient facility that it was like a mini vacation. Not that you should go check yourself into a mental facility to get away. They often say this because while you’re in inpatient, all your time is spent intrinsically looking inward. Even your schedule is taken care of so that all that’s left is focusing on your mental health. Again, you should really only go to inpatient if you’re in a seriously bad place, because it is expensive, and you might accidentally be taking away a bed from someone who is in definite danger!
The moral of the story here, is that you need some time to just let everything fall by the wayside. Don’t worry about your job, your friends, your money, even your family. Just do what you enjoy, or do nothing at all. So long as you feel more at ease. Because as we all know, mental health doesn’t get better on its own. Work on it and work hard, but don’t forget to take your breaks. Don’t overload yourself, or take on so much that you are instantly overwhelmed. Stay strong and keep making progress.
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