I used to work for a woman whose favourite line was, “Business doesn’t care.” She used this line whenever someone who worked for her experienced a family emergency or personal trauma. She thought she was motivating them by insisting they move forward in their work despite the hardship because, “business doesn’t care.” She wanted us to know that the world around us doesn’t stop when we do. Clients still need our services and bills still need to be paid. It might have motivated some people but it didn’t motivate me.
I’ve been self-employed in some form since my twenties and I never wanted to run a business that didn’t care. That line of thinking has played a role in how I view success today, and I’m still working to change that. I don’t want to think of success in my business as leaving behind everything I care about. I don’t want to brag to people one day about how I charged right through the hard times without ever stopping to take care of myself or those around me because I had a business to run. I want my business to care, deeply.
2020 has been a sh*tty year for all of us, for different reasons. We’re all struggling, and the last message we need to hear is that we’re not doing enough or working hard enough or getting up early enough.
Maybe it’s time for a break. Maybe we moved from hustle culture into self-care culture in one fell swoop because we finally figured out that the system was broken, and we’re broken along with it.
Taking a break doesn’t mean stop everything indefinitely, but it does mean taking the time you need to rest, recharge, and reevaluate. If you don’t ever stop to take a step back and look at the situation from a different point of view, you won’t see it differently. Sometimes a pivot is necessary for our own wellbeing. Taking a break helps you see things clearly. There will always be aspects of life that can’t completely come to a halt, but when your body tells you it needs a break, please listen. Take the break. Go and rest.
Whatever life is holding over you right now, you can get through this. Find your support, ask for help. Rest. Listen to your body. Reach out and ask for what you need.
Is it time for a break? What do you need right now? Would rest help? Would talking to someone help?
Therapy is amazing and I believe everyone can benefit from talking to a professional. It is NOT a sign of weakness to ask for help.
Rest if you must but never quit. - John Greenleaf Whittier
Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. - Ralph Marston
Rest is the beautiful in-between you can turn to when sleep isn’t happening, and unlike sleep, it’s always there when we need it. - Sleep Coach Beth