Recently overheard: “I am an actress, starting my own fashion line, collaborating with my best friend to start our own youtube channel, in training to be a yoga teacher and want to learn to meditate properly… I don’t really have any down time, but everyone around me is doing so many amazing things, I’m just trying to keep up.” Sound familiar? You’re not alone. This resonates in my head too. With social media exacerbating the pressure to do more and more, and many of us becoming literally exhausted just trying to meet our deadlines, there comes to a time when we ask: when is it enough?
If this is ringing bells in your head, I’m about to tell you something very important: it’s enough when you say it’s enough. Strange, I know. But I’ll tell you what? It’s not going to be enough when you’ve got a savings account with six figures, 1 million followers on instagram, your own successful online business or your own e-cookbook on gluten free, sugar free recipes.
Why? Because if you’re fatigued and overwhelmed by these objectives, then achieving them isn't going to make you feel better. If you were an athlete exhausted by overtraining, would winning gold heal your lethargy? Or would it just make you want more, training even harder to ensure you keep that gold? The countermeasure to exhaustion is rest - simple as that.
What do I mean? Telling you to chill and I believe that magically you'll achieve all of these things? Am I crazy? No, not crazy. What I proposition is that when we overdo things and don’t listen to our bodies, we a) become miserable in the process of achieving the goal, and b) become inefficient in our daily functioning in general c) forget that the MAIN objective of life is to ENJOY life - NOW, and goals are meant to guide us, not consume us.
So what do to? Give yourself a break. Go easy on yourself. Take a day off. It won’t kill you, or cause all hell to breakout, and you’re not going to spiral into a dark abyss of nothingness. I know, it actually won’t happen. What will happen though is you’ll find yourself more motivated, focused and energised than ever when you get back into it. And probably smash it out in a quarter of the time too.