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Ep. 284: MOJ: Tips To Help You Stop Feeling Guilty for Not Doing “Enough”

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In this episode, I provide tips on how to stop the feeling of guilt for not doing enough and the importance of doing nothing. It is a simple yet effective way to get more energy and to become more productive.

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Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of my offbeat journey on the offbeat life. Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of rest.

I know this is pretty obvious but a reminder is always good because I often forget myself, so I thought that we can talk about the importance of rest.

So, like many of you, I have been working a lot lately because Aaron and I are trying to build up our business. So I often forget to just take a day off to rest and do nothing.

And my body has been trying to tell me to slow it down lately, so I can continue to get the maximum amount of energy when I have to be at my best.

So if you’re like me who feels guilty when they are taking time off, when they are doing nothing because they feel like they have to always do something then this is for you.

If you are overworking yourself, it may actually be doing more harm than damage.

Because it can decrease your concentration.

It can increase your stress.

You just won’t perform at your highest capacity.

And you may just turn into a real A-hole.

I say this because, it has definitely happened to me and we’re all stressed enough that sometimes a moment of nothingness can make a huge impact on our mood and productivity.

So here are a few things that I do to avoid overworking and getting burnout:

  1. Taking a walk without my phone. Every day Aaron and I go for our morning walks. I pretty much need these walks because it allows me to decompress, start the day right and also connect with my husband without any distractions. Because as you know, we are all bombarded with our screens, responsibilities and nonsense that we often forget to connect with our partners. We used to walk with our phones and then we realized how we were still on our phones, so we decided to leave them at home and it made a huge difference. And we were not distracted anymore. I would highly recommend this. It will allow you to connect with your partner, your own thoughts if you’re walking along, get some exercise and get some Vitamin D, which is so important especially if you’re working from home and don’t get enough sunlight.
  2. Take at least one day off to do nothing or just doing fun things. This is something I am really bad at. I am still trying to figure out how to do this on a weekly basis, because I really need to rest, and I’m sure you do too. So what I have been doing lately is taking half of the day to do nothing and just laying down, watching a show or napping. And the other half doing something that I enjoy like thrifting or hiking. I am still trying to stop the feeling of guilt when I do nothing, so I think doing fun activities that I enjoy is the first step, since I always want to be doing something.
  3. Stop adding more on your task list. I love having a checklist because it makes me feel really good to cross something off of it when I’m done. The euphoria is like a drug! But it can also be a double edge sword because I often add more than I can actually do that day and feel again the guilt and stress when I don’t finish them. So now I only add 4 things on my tasks list and if I finish them ahead of time, I add another one so I feel like I am earning bonus points.

So these are just a few things that have helped me avoid burnout and feeling guilty for not doing enough. Hopefully it will help you, and of course there are a ton more you can do, if you have any tips, feel free to send them my way.

Hey Offbeat Family, I really appreciate you listening to this episode.

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