Welcoming a Guilt-free Rest  

Welcoming a Guilt-free Rest  

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There are points in our lives when we tend to overexert ourselves in order to attain the goals we desire, but sometimes it can be draining on our end. Understand that as human beings, we have physical, mental and emotional limits, and it’s our responsibility to try and pace ourselves to what we can and cannot do. Being hardworking is great, but what if it’s already affecting your overall health? What if it’s not helping you progress but rather the other way around?  

You don’t have to pressure yourself all the time to be on the peak of your performance, because the truth is, it’s not every day you can. We all have our highs and lows, and that’s just how life is. If you think resting is a waste of time when you should be doing something else, you’re wrong. Keep in mind that as long as you treat your rest as an investment for you to bounce back stronger than you were before, then it’s never going to be a waste of time.  

Welcome a guilt-free rest where you can heal and gradually develop better productivity and composure.  

For about a couple of weeks, I’ve been beating myself up so I could earn extra money for my future long-term plans. I only get about three to five hours of sleep in a day, and it’s been tough on me lately. I noticed that because of my growing fatigue, the quality of my work was also affected. I had to hear it from my co-worker before I had finally settled myself to take some time off. Honestly speaking, at that time, I still couldn’t bear but to feel guilty that I’ve left some work I needed to finish and also some people who leaned on me for help. But now that I think about it, I realized how much I needed the rest I had and also how self-pressure had taken a toll on me. If you’ve experienced the same struggle, I hope you took some time to prioritize yourself too. The next time you pick on the habit of overworking again, don’t get mad at yourself once you feel tired or overwhelmed. You’re not a robot and you don’t deserve to treat yourself like one. Know the difference between hard work and overworked; otherwise, there’s a great chance you’ll get burnt out and become dysfunctional no matter how passionate, skilled and committed you are over something. I understand you have responsibilities; maybe you’re aiming to be part of a team line-up, you’re aiming to pass a boarding exam, or you’re aiming to impress your boss to get a promotion. Yet, whatever your goal is, don’t neglect your health over it; permit yourself to rest as much as you need. Your body and soul will thank you for it.  

I remember a friend of mine who had big dreams for himself as an athlete; he had the potential to qualify for pro-leagues during his early college years. I knew him for a long time and I just know much this man loved his sport and how committed he was to improve as a player. The only problem was, at times I’d really see him overexert himself and after a while, it got him bad. His knee cap gave up on him during pre-season training and he was told that his injury was a result of excessive participation in sports without proper recovery. It was a bitter lesson after he got suspended from training and opted for therapy during the next few months until he could eventually hold a ball again.  

I wanted to share this story because it shows how important rest is, and whether you’re an athlete or not, the message applies to all. This is a reminder that rest is not the enemy of your dedication or your future dreams, but a true comrade. Indeed, recovery will always be part of your progress.  

There are points in our lives when we tend to overexert ourselves in order to attain the goals we desire, but sometimes it can be draining on our end. Understand that as human beings, we have physical, mental and emotional limits, and it’s our responsibility to try and pace ourselves to what we can and cannot do. Being hardworking is great, but what if it’s already affecting your overall health? What if it’s not helping you progress but rather the other way around?  

You don’t have to pressure yourself all the time to be on the peak of your performance, because the truth is, it’s not every day you can. We all have our highs and lows, and that’s just how life is. If you think resting is a waste of time when you should be doing something else, you’re wrong. Keep in mind that as long as you treat your rest as an investment for you to bounce back stronger than you were before, then it’s never going to be a waste of time.  

Welcome a guilt-free rest where you can heal and gradually develop better productivity and composure.  

For about a couple of weeks, I’ve been beating myself up so I could earn extra money for my future long-term plans. I only get about three to five hours of sleep in a day, and it’s been tough on me lately. I noticed that because of my growing fatigue, the quality of my work was also affected. I had to hear it from my co-worker before I had finally settled myself to take some time off. Honestly speaking, at that time, I still couldn’t bear but to feel guilty that I’ve left some work I needed to finish and also some people who leaned on me for help. But now that I think about it, I realized how much I needed the rest I had and also how self-pressure had taken a toll on me. If you’ve experienced the same struggle, I hope you took some time to prioritize yourself too. The next time you pick on the habit of overworking again, don’t get mad at yourself once you feel tired or overwhelmed. You’re not a robot and you don’t deserve to treat yourself like one. Know the difference between hard work and overworked; otherwise, there’s a great chance you’ll get burnt out and become dysfunctional no matter how passionate, skilled and committed you are over something. I understand you have responsibilities; maybe you’re aiming to be part of a team line-up, you’re aiming to pass a boarding exam, or you’re aiming to impress your boss to get a promotion. Yet, whatever your goal is, don’t neglect your health over it; permit yourself to rest as much as you need. Your body and soul will thank you for it.  

I remember a friend of mine who had big dreams for himself as an athlete; he had the potential to qualify for pro-leagues during his early college years. I knew him for a long time and I just know much this man loved his sport and how committed he was to improve as a player. The only problem was, at times I’d really see him overexert himself and after a while, it got him bad. His knee cap gave up on him during pre-season training and he was told that his injury was a result of excessive participation in sports without proper recovery. It was a bitter lesson after he got suspended from training and opted for therapy during the next few months until he could eventually hold a ball again.  

I wanted to share this story because it shows how important rest is, and whether you’re an athlete or not, the message applies to all. This is a reminder that rest is not the enemy of your dedication or your future dreams, but a true comrade. Indeed, recovery will always be part of your progress.  

Written by Jassamyn Tolentino

Written by Jassamyn Tolentino

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