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7 tell-tale signs that indicate you desperately need a break from work

Published on:21 August 2020, 17:59pm IST
Your body and mind need a break from all the work you’ve been drowning yourself under. Here are 7 signs that suggest you need to press pause now.
Shreya Gupta
Take a break and give yourself the time to breathe. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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On the surface, it seems as though working from home has made life simpler and convenient. After all, we are now working at our own pace without bosses hovering our heads. However, this work from home sitch also has us overworked and overwhelmed with pressure mounting during these uncertain times. 

So if you feel exhausted all the time these days, then perhaps you’ve got more on your plate than you can handle. But the problem is that most of us don’t even realize that we need a break until it is too late. 

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Not to mention, taking a break comes with the connotation that we are running away from responsibilities—but that’s not the case. Taking a break every now and then is essential for a healthy mind and body. 

So we’ve listed down seven alarming signs that indicate you have reached your breaking point and need to take a break.

1. You’re making careless mistakes
If you have been making silly mistakes over and over again, then this is a sign that you are overworked or even burnt out. Taking a pause at this moment is key to rejuvenate your mind and body.

virtual burnout
The scary state of affairs of the world combined by constantly working from home can make you burnout. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. You resent your co-workers
If you are someone who’s constantly complaining about the people around you, the work, and the work culture then this could be because you are burnt out and have started seeing everything from a negative lens.

This can lead to arguments and fights with your colleagues, which we know you don’t want–so take a break please!

Also, read: If these 4 things are happening at your office, then your workplace is certified toxic

3. You don’t have a personal life anymore
Balancing work and play is very crucial. Taking time out for yourself and your family helps to clear the mind. If you have been that life is just passing you by while you’re stuck at work, then think of this as an omen to take a break.

4. You are constantly falling sick
Pushing yourself to an extent where your body and mind give up is alarming. Your body has its limits and you respect that. If you’re falling sick every now and then, then give your body a chance to relax. Giving yourself even a day off to relax both your body and mind can make a whole lot of difference.

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Don’t ignore the signs anymore. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. You find it difficult to focus
If you are often inattentive during meetings and your mind wanders off even during important tasks, then congratulations you have focus issues. Naturally, this will decrease your productivity, increasing your work hours, and making you even more tired. Taking some time off can help you find your focus again and be more productive.

6. Your whole body hurts like hell
Starting from your head, eyes, and neck to even your legs—if your whole body aches eternally, then your body is in a dire need of a break. Your mind and body are not designed to handle prolonged physical and mental stress, so giving it a breather becomes essential.

7. Your face has become dull
Do you look like a character from a zombie film? Dull face and eye bags larger than your pending work? If yes, then my lady you need a break. Don’t let the work take away your glow. Take a break for the sake of your skin, if nothing else.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.