Sometimes, it seems as though everything is against you. Every good plan that you have is upended and reversed, you’re looking for some downtime to recuperate and heal, and it never comes.
We all have those times where stress keeps building and building and there never seems to be a release. In those moments, the only thing I can do for myself is find a quiet “two-second” break. If I’m at work, it might be in the bathroom, or in the back room. If I’m at home, it will likely be my office. I know I don’t have time to take what I need, but I will allow myself long enough to get away and breathe, just once or twice. Long enough to mentally reset for the next few minutes, or the next few hours.
By pushing on this way I will get to the next break of a few hours, before I do it again. I know that by just pushing through and getting done what needs to be done, even if I don’t see an end in sight, I will eventually reach that end. It might still be formless, just and idea. But there will come a time in the not to distant future where I will reach that next recuperation period, that next “time-out” to heal.
Next time you find yourself pushing through the stress of whatever is happening, remember it is only temporary. You will get through it, and your break is coming. In the meantime, take a “two-second” time-out. You deserve it.