Taking time for self-care isn’t being selfish or lazy. It’s actually crucial in order to be your best self and operate efficiently. Never feel guilty for putting yourself first every now and then, because it’s one of the most important and necessary things in life.
Burnout is real, and it’s a bitch.
Pushing yourself constantly will always eventually lead to complete and total burnout. You won’t be able to do much more than order takeout from under the covers if your situation gets that bad, and you might lose everything you’re working so hard to achieve.
You can get more done if you take time to recharge.
It might seem like taking a break will cause you to fall behind, but in the long run, you’ll actually get more accomplished. You’ll be more energized and efficient after recharging, and that extra boost will more than compensate for any time off you take.
It hurts your loved ones to see you completely drained.
If you’re the type of woman who can’t seem to ever put herself first, remember that your loved ones don’t want to you to be completely worn out. It hurts them to see you suffering, and you aren’t really any good to them if you’re too exhausted to operate at more than 10 percent.
When you’re exhausted, your work suffers.
You might be able to keep chugging along churning out work with no breaks forever, but eventually the quality of your work will begin to suffer. You can’t show the world what you’re capable of if you’re too overworked to do your best.
Life’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Contrary to the popular expression, life is actually pretty long. If you’re going to build and grow long term, you need to pace yourself. Burning out too early will put you in a bad position down the road.
All work and no play makes you a dull person
. And a miserable human being. No one is going to be around you if you have nothing to talk about aside from work and chores, especially if you’re not even happy about what you’ve been doing.
If you don’t put yourself first, no one will.
How can you expect your significant other to put you first when you won’t even do it for yourself? If your actions tell the world that you aren’t a priority, you can’t be surprised when it treats you that way.
Long term stress has serious side effects.
Chronic stress can cause some really serious mental and physical side effects. If you’re killing yourself to be hyper productive all the time, you might literally be killing yourself. If you’re working hard now so you can relax later in life, make sure you take enough breaks so you will actually make it that far.
Because you deserve a break.
You weren’t born to just work constantly up until the day you die. You deserve time to relax, have fun, or take an adventure. If you never have time to enjoy yourself, what are you even working so hard for?