Breaking Free from Survival Mode: The Necessity of Rest and Resetby Jennifer Rabanillo
In a world that glorifies busyness and constant hustle, it's easy to find oneself trapped in survival mode.
I DID. Even if I had a great year and had new opportunities, there is a breaking point where focus and desire to succeed, has to slow down - even for a few weeks.
The relentless pursuit of success, goals, and achievements can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. I learned this lesson the hard way when burnout turned into illness, forcing me to take a much-needed break and rediscover the importance of rest and reset in my self-discovery journey.
The Perils of Survival Mode
Survival mode, characterized by a relentless focus on responsibilities, goals, and the need to keep up with the pace of life, can be both physically and mentally draining. For a while, I prided myself on my ability to juggle multiple tasks and stay constantly busy. I believed that this was the path to success, unaware of the toll it was taking on my health.
Over time, I began to notice the signs of burnout creeping in – exhaustion, irritability, decreased productivity, and a general sense of disconnection from my passions and purpose. Ignoring these warning signs, I continued to push forward, convinced that slowing down was a sign of weakness.
The Breaking Point
It wasn't until my body forced me to stop that I realized the gravity of the situation. I fell ill, a clear manifestation of the toll that chronic stress and burnout had taken on my immune system. It was a wake-up call that I couldn't ignore any longer. I was forced to take a break from all aspects of my life – work, personal projects, and even social commitments.
At first, I resisted this break, feeling guilty for not being productive. But as the days turned into weeks, I began to understand the true value of rest and reset.
The Importance of Rest and Reset
Physical and Mental Recovery: The period of rest allowed my body and mind to heal. I had been neglecting self-care, and this break gave me the opportunity to prioritize my health. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise became my focus, and I started to feel physically and mentally rejuvenated.
Reconnect with Passion: Stepping away from my routine allowed me to rediscover my passions and interests. I had been so consumed by the demands of life that I had lost touch with what truly mattered to me. This break rekindled my creativity and enthusiasm.
Perspective and Clarity: With the noise of constant busyness gone, I gained a clearer perspective on my goals and priorities. I realized that success wasn't about constantly being busy but about pursuing what truly mattered with intention and purpose.
Balance and Boundaries: I learned the importance of setting boundaries and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It's crucial to say "no" when necessary and to prioritize self-care as a non-negotiable part of our daily lives.
Embracing a New Approach
As I slowly recovered and returned to my daily routines, I made a conscious decision to approach life differently. I no longer measure my worth by my level of busyness or the number of accomplishments I achieve in a day. Instead, I prioritize my well-being, set boundaries, and make time for rest and reset.
I've come to realize that self-discovery is a journey that requires moments of reflection and stillness. It's about listening to our inner selves and understanding what truly matters. We don't have to be constantly busy to succeed; in fact, it's often in the moments of rest that we find the clarity and energy to pursue our passions and goals with renewed vigor.
So, if you find yourself on the brink of burnout or trapped in survival mode, don't hesitate to take a break. Embrace the rest and reset that your body and mind crave. It's not a sign of weakness; it's a necessary step on the path to self-discovery and a healthier, more fulfilling life. Remember, success is not about the quantity of your accomplishments, but the quality of the journey you undertake.
Here are some times to help you this year.
Prioritize Self-Care: Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. This includes getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, staying physically active, and practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or mindfulness. Prioritizing your physical and mental well-being is essential for long-term health and success.
Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries in your personal and professional life. Learn to say "no" when necessary and communicate your limits to others. Setting boundaries helps prevent overcommitting and spreading yourself too thin, reducing the risk of burnout.
Schedule Regular Breaks: Incorporate regular breaks into your daily schedule, as well as longer vacations or time off when possible. These breaks allow you to recharge, gain perspective, and return to your responsibilities with renewed energy and focus.
Practice Mindfulness: Embrace mindfulness practices to stay present in the moment and reduce stress. Techniques like deep breathing, journaling, or guided relaxation exercises can help you manage stress and maintain a sense of balance in your life.
Reflect and Reevaluate: Take time to reflect on your goals and priorities. Are they aligned with your values and passions? Periodically reevaluate your commitments and make adjustments as needed. This self-reflection can help you ensure that your journey is meaningful and fulfilling.
Remember, finding balance and prioritizing rest and reset are not signs of weakness but acts of self-care and self-preservation. By implementing these tips, you can avoid burnout, maintain your physical and mental health, and continue on your self-discovery journey with renewed vigor and purpose.