So many of us never switch off from work. In addition to our art world jobs, we each have side-hustles and other businesses that mean taking a break sounds like a joke. But is that really good for you? Working at a high intensity all of the time means that we are at high risk of experiencing burnout. Now, we are not asking you to quit your job or look for another career. We completely understand that when you enjoy what you do, or you’re super passionate about it, sometimes you don’t even realise that it’s gone past midnight and you still haven’t eaten. That said, we are trying to tell you that it is OK to take a break sometimes! Here are a few reasons why we really need to stop glamourizing the grind.
Rest Is Vital For Our Health
Not just physically, but mentally too. Going from project-to-project without taking breaks or a moment to breathe can be detrimental for our bodies. It can also negatively affect what we are working so hard on as we eventually run out of energy. Please, take a break.
Overworking Is Not Glamorous
As stated above, there is nothing cute about doing more than you are physically capable of. Lack of sleep, emotional problems, other dramas…get your excitement from some place else!
Rushing Is Never A Good Thing
Many of us are always hurriedly juggling things around so that we can get all of our tasks done. But wouldn’t it be so much better if we actually took time and care into what we’re working on? Spending a little more time may actually produce better results. Slow down!
It’s Important To Assess Your Relationship With Yourself
Most of the time, it isn’t our colleagues putting pressure on us to be superhuman, but our own minds! Be kind to yourself! Nobody is going to think badly of you if you take a break once in a while. It’s a really good idea to assess how you speak to yourself.
Your Friends Probably Miss You
While you’re trying so hard to get everything done, have you taken a moment to consider your relationships outside of work? Many people acknowledge that their friendships suffer during intense periods at work. Of course, our passion projects are important, but so are our friends and families!
Sometimes It’s Good To Say No
Do you say “yes” all of the time? Why not think about saying “no” sometimes soon. It’s important to set boundaries. If people think badly of you for declining to do something when you’re already swamped, then quite frankly, they’re not the kind of people you want to be working with!
Text Lizzy Vartanian