Self Development By Mae Davies / February 14, 2015 Lately, I have been so busy with work that I have been spending a lot of sleepless nights working overtime. After a couple of days of being sleep-deprived and being so busy, coupled with the very bad weather, I have gone down with a cold. I was so stressed out that I guess my body’s immune system had gone so low. It was during this time that I finally realized that I badly need a break, and I don’t have to feel guilty about taking a break despite my busy schedule, because I do deserve it. So yesterday, I decided to devote my entire afternoon to pure relaxation. I went to the spa, had a whole body massage and foot spa, and I also went to the salon to have my hair and nails done. It felt so wonderful afterward. I feel so energetic and enthusiastic again. The whole experience of being worry-free for even just a day made me realize that at some point in our lives, you need a break. So whether you’re a career woman like me, a mother, a businesswoman, or just someone who feels burdened with everything that’s going on with her life, YOU NEED A BREAK! Taking a break does not mean giving up Taking a break and giving up are two different things. Taking a break is not necessarily the same as quitting. When you take a break, you are not saying that you cannot do it, or you cannot achieve whatever it is that you are trying to achieve as of the moment. But when you are taking a break, you just pause and distance yourself from your work, family, your present struggles and worries, and just take some time for yourself. We need to take a break because a day of rest is much needed in our lives. Just as being constantly active is an important part of life, so too are leisure and relaxation. A simple break can do a lot of wonders to our tired bodies, as well as to the repetitive cycle of our busy or monotonous life. Taking a break can keep you from being stressed out When we are working on a very hectic schedule, we usually don’t entertain the thought of taking a break, thinking that we won’t have much time or our quality of work may be affected. But contrary to popular belief, taking a break is helpful, especially if you are working in a very stressful environment. Taking a break can keep you from being stressed out or burned out. The problem with always being busy at work is that halfway through it, the fatigue and stress seep into your system, and this could really affect your quality of work. You’d feel less energetic and bored with the same repetitive process that you are doing every single day. And the longer you spend on something without taking a break, the longer it will take to finish it. But taking a break can help you have a fresh idea, outlook, or perspective with your current work or with whatever it is that you have been devoting your time to. Taking a break can do wonders Aside from recharging and revitalizing yourself, and thereby keeping you from being stressed out, taking a break can also do wonders to your whole system. It is a healthy way to get a good rest and to relax your tired body. It can give you more time to reflect about yourself, your current progress, and your achievements. It also helps to keep your mind at peace, giving you more fresh ideas and perspective in your work and in your life. It can also be an opportunity for you to improve your appearance and yourself. It would also keep you from being bored or tired with your current work or career. And of course, it will make you feel more loved and more beautiful. My day at the spa really worked a lot of wonders for me. Isn’t it nice to spend the day just relaxing and staying worry-free? Because of taking a break, my weariness and the grayish cast on my face disappeared. When I worked in the office the next day, my officemates said that I was glowing, and I felt it. I am full of energy and enthusiasm, and a lot of fresh ideas for my work just keep pouring in. My decision to take a break was really worth it! So to all the busy ladies out there, you need a break! And don’t worry; I know you deserve it.