We’ve all had those weeks, or months, where things just keep piling up, but you can’t take the time to think about whether or not you’re overwhelmed. You keep on chugging along, because that’s what we are taught to do. You work hard until the tasks in front of you are completed or the big goal has finally been checked off your list. It’s fantastic to have a strong work ethic, none of us can deny that it’s vital for success, but there is a point where ignoring the mounting pressure you’re under every day is detrimental. You have to take stock of where you are emotionally and physically. It’s better to self-care from time to time rather than falling apart and having to take time off. It happens to the best of us, but it’s time we started looking after ourselves and taking our stress seriously.
Here are a few signs that you’ve almost reached your limit:
- You’re angry
Anger is not a bad emotion. It can be a great driving force in small doses. But if you find yourself fantasizing about smashing your co-workers head through a window on a daily basis, it might be time to walk away from your desk, sit in your car for ten minutes and meditate.
- You feel like nothing gets done
No matter how hard you push, or how many lists you write out, you never seem to get anywhere. The answer, you have too many things on your plate. As the great Ron Swanson once said, “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” Dedicate yourself to one task at a time. Delegate where you can. And ask for help!
- You’re exhausted when you wake up
If you are able to get a full nights rest but you still feel exhausted, that is a sign of a bigger issue. It could indicate that your diet is lacking nutrients. When you’re busy at work it’s hard to think about eating healthy. So that’s the first place to start. Eat a variety of foods that cover the bases. After that, try and find fifteen minutes here and there to sit in the sun. Getting vitamin D will improve your mood and energy levels.