Life is like a crazy rollercoaster, which, most of the time, can become really tiresome. At some point in your life, you’re as high up as you can go, and at times, you’re back at square one. This rollercoaster ride we call life can mess with our physical and mental wellbeing, and in some cases, bring one to their breaking point.
Though at times it’s challenging to identify if we are physically drained or lose all hopes for the future, one can safely say that the best and only thing that a person in this situation can do, it actually get a good, well earned, old-fashioned rest. Life will always hit us with some rocks along the way, sometimes even boulders, and at these times, it is crucial to take a step back, cool off for some time, and let others take the lead for once. Though taking a break doesn’t mean that you give up. It just means that you are taking time off for healing and some self-love.
At any point in life, if you ever experience the following 8 telltale signs, it’s highly likely that you are going through a hard time. Don’t let it drain your battery to the last bit. Step back, breathe, and recharge. You’ve got this.
1. You are easily irritated
As time passes, you start to feel hopeless. The lack of power and inability to do anything makes you more irritable. Even though you know that you should be making the best out of the situation, you feel safer being in your own bubble, rather than having any contact with the outside world. You don’t have to beat yourself up, because, at some point in our lives, we’ve been there, and it sucks. But during this time, you shouldn’t waste it, but use this ‘time off’ to rebuild and reenergize yourself.
2. Your motivation levels are lower than ever
These stones that life throws your way make you feel incapable of getting any of your work done. The motivation and the goals that once inspired you don’t seem to be enough as you struggle to find the stimulus you require. If this is so, you have to give it a rest. You shouldn’t be pushing yourself too hard. There are plenty of inspirations everywhere, you just have to wait, as it will strike you when you are least expecting it.
3. You are experiencing anxiety attacks more than usual
Because you tend to overexert yourself, you feel more drained and more stressed than you would usually feel. Hence, you experience daily anxiety attacks. You shouldn’t be afraid. Instead, you should find a way to calm and center yourself and let your wounds heal. Take some time off and spend some time alone to see and understand what you want in life.
4. You have trouble sleeping
There will be enough and more times that you will feel like you are out of place. The overwhelming exhaustion and anxiety won’t make it any easier to calm your nerves and feelings and get a good night’s rest. Because of this, you will have to add insomnia to the list as well.
5. Meaningless things upset you
Because of the anxiety, stress, and insomnia, you become more sensitive, and therefore, what you feel, will be much more intense than that you are used to. You will get upset for even the smallest thing, and these intense feelings undoubtedly make you cry. You shouldn’t allow yourself to suffer. No matter how hard it may be, take all the time you need, and rebuild your world, from bottom up, if you have to. All the time off, the healing will be worth it.
6. You feel dizzy and nauseous
Nausea and dizziness are some of the most significant red signs anyone would notice in over-exhausted people. Whenever someone is having a mental breakdown, they will invariably have a physical breakdown as well. You should watch for these red lights and prevent it before it’s too late. If you don’t take matters into your own hands, there’ll be no one to do so.
7. You feel like crying for no reason
When you’re down and in the wrong place, you feel like the whole world is against you. You become hypersensitive, and even the smallest joke could break your dams and make your eyes water with tears. When physical and mental exhaustion takes over, we invariably lose all the strength we have to handle challenging and complex situations. Even the day-in and day-out stress we have is intensified. Crying is the only mechanism that our body and soul use for cleansing and healing.
The instant you feel the slightest drawback in your wellbeing, stop, take a step back, and relax. Take time off to breathe and allow your wounds to heal. This is the only way that you can overcome anything that life throws at you. Because to do anything, you have to first take care of yourself.