Is it Time for a Time-Out?

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It’s funny how life seems to move so fast in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion. We’re all so busy with work and home life, spending the days with our phones clutched in our hands and rushing around to get our to do lists completed. When is enough, enough?

With our lives all so fast-paced, is it any wonder we are all ending up burnt out. We end up so focused on work, and kids, and what’s going on around us we forget to focus on the most important thing. Ourselves. We miss the signs that we are struggling, we miss our body telling us that it needs a break, we shrug off other peoples concerns because we can just push through. Until we can’t.

This was me about three weeks ago. I was run down, unfocused and exhausted. I got to the point where my body was screaming at me to take a break. So, I put myself in time-out and my body and my mind are thanking me for it, and so is everyone else. If you are unsure if you are in the same boat as I was, here are five signs you need a time-out too.


1.     You’re Always Exhausted

You are tired. Not just tired but feeling like you could just sleep for a week. You wake up tired and go to bed tired. And not just for one day but for the last few weeks. You may also be finding it difficult to go to sleep as your mind is focusing on all the projects you have going on, or on everything you must accomplish the next day. If you find yourself in this position, it is time for a break.


2.     You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

If you find yourself over-reacting to issues and taking things to heart what you would normally just brush off, it’s time for a time-out. When you find yourself making a big deal out of nothing or feeling like everything is too hard, too much or just too frustrating. When you’re about to tear your hair out. You need a break.


3.     You are getting physically sick…. A lot

Are you catching everything? Do you feel like your immune system is just not working? Lack of sleep, stress and working way too many hours takes a physical toll on your body, leaving it vulnerable to every bug going around. This is your body shouting at you to take a break. Listen to it, your body knows what it needs.


4.     You are dreading going to work

If your first thought when your alarm goes off in the morning is “I don’t want to go to work today”, something is going on. You’re feeling like you are just going through the motions and are dreaming about quitting your job, it’s a sure sign you need a break. When a job you loved six months ago is now dragging you down and not bringing you the same sense of joy, it’s time for a time-out.


5.     You have a care factor of zero

When you can’t bring yourself to care about anything it’s time for a break. Motivation is such a big aspect of working and kicking goals, but when you’re burnt out your care factor drops and you find yourself looking at things you should be excited about thinking “I really don’t give two……..” Taking a break is just what you need.


We can give all the excuses in the world to not take a break including “there is no one to cover me”, “if I can just get through this one week” and my personal favourite “I just don’t have time to take a break”, it doesn’t change that we need to take some time to ourselves and put our health – both physically and mentally – first.

So, if you find yourself in the same boat as me there is nothing wrong with putting yourself in time-out. Your body and your family will thank you for it.