We live in a society where taking a break is frowned upon. Let’s be real, if you aren’t sleep deprived, consumed with stress and juggling a full schedule, there is something seriously wrong with you. In the eyes of society, you are failing at life. If you say you are sick and need a break, society will tell you to suck it up and deal with it. This is the reality that we live in.
Well, I am here to tell you that it’s OKAY to take a BREAK. By hanging in there and developing it a “suck it up and deal with it” mindset, you are driving your body into a constant state of stress and illness. Trust me, been there done that!
After five years of university and five years in the workforce, I was 25 and sick beyond my years. All throughout those ten years, I was juggling school and work, volunteering and extra-curricular’s, family responsibilities and a social life. I barely slept or ate, let alone take time for self-care. The word ‘rest’ simply was not part of my vocabulary.
When I said, I was sick beyond my years, I mean I was constantly being shuffled from doctor to doctor and being sent for test after test. With each new doctor I saw, I heard the exact same words, “you are too young to be this sick.”At the age of 25, I had been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Underactive Thyroid and adrenal fatigue. A diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis was to follow. My liver was enlarged, my colon was distended, I had a head to toe rash, I wasn’t digesting food and there was reacting to all foods, my bloodwork was all over the place, I had low blood pressure… I was completely and literally a mess.
I was somehow making it through the day and collapsing the minute I reached home. My entire day was a blur and my memory was nonexistent thanks to brain fog. To make a bad situation worse, my anxiety was at an all-time high and my depression was making its way back into my life. I had hit rock bottom. I knew I needed a BREAK.
Imagine being 25 and telling your friends, family and co-workers that you were leaving your job because you needed a break and that you needed to take time to focus on yourself. Just imagine the response that I got when I was breaking this social custom! How taboo of me! That decision ultimately saved my life, literally. Had I continued on the path that I was on, I can say without a doubt that I would have ended up hospitalized.
By hanging in there and developing a suck it up and deal with it mindset, you are inviting illness into your body. This lifestyle will impact all areas of your life. Your performance at work will suffer, your relationships with friends and family will deteriorate, the state of your health will plummet and you will continue in this downward spiral until you hit complete and total rock bottom. Before you reach that point, take a step back and really listen to what your body is telling you. Get in tune with your body and listen to the messages that it is sending you.
Really, it IS okay to take a break…
And remember, it is OKAY to take a BREAK. It is okay to take time to focus on yourself and find yourself. It is okay to spend time doing nothing but sleeping. It is okay to take off on an airplane with nothing but a backpack to travel the world. It is okay to invest in a retreat. It is okay to spend money on self-love techniques. It is okay to change your career if it is not serving you well. And above all, it is okay to ask for help.
I want you to know that you are not in this alone. Know that we are all on this journey together and know that there is someone out there who will support you on this journey. Know that you are worthy of self-love and self-care. Know that just because you need a break, you are not a failure. In fact, admitting that you need a break is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. It takes strength to admit to yourself and to society that you are taking a break to focus on yourself.
Taking a break from life allows you the opportunity to focus on yourself in ways that you could never imagine. It gives you a chance to reflect on the life that you are leading and how it serves you. It gives you the opportunity to develop daily practices and rituals that will ground you. It gives you time to explore new options. It really, truly gives you time to get in tune with your body and your gut intuition. It gives you the opportunity to be present and be your best self so you can fully be there for yourself and others.
Despite what society may tell you, taking a break from life is not taking the easy way out. In fact, sucking it up and dealing with it is taking the easy way out because you are ignoring what needs to be addressed. By admitting that you need a break, you are showing courage and taking action to address the root cause of what is presenting in your body. There will without a doubt be noise. People will talk, they will judge and they will hate. Just remember, that those people aren’t there yet. They aren’t ready to admit what you have. They aren’t ready to embark on the journey that you are about to take to be your best self. Know that when you surrender to the universe, doors will open and you will be blessed with a new way of life.
Trust that everything will work out. Trust, that it is okay to take a break.
Are you ready to step into your true self and take a break to focus on yourself? Let me mentor you through this process!