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Eight Signs You Need a Break

From work deadlines to social gatherings and family commitments, life is full of pressures, and it can be difficult to balance these with the need to take time out for yourself. Here are eight ways to recognise when it’s time to take a break.

Feeling tired

Rushing around and multitasking can wear you down, leading to long-term health problems. Feeling constantly fatigued is one of many telltale signs that you need to slow down and take some time for yourself.

Feeling overwhelmed

It’s easy to feel like you’re all alone in your struggle, especially if you work long hours or are constantly on-call. While you may feel obliged to stick with your goals, doing so can sometimes lead to stress and burnout. Recognising when you're beginning to feel snowed under is a positive way of taking control.

Psychological signs of stress

Noting the initial psychological signs of stress allows you to make early changes. Feeling irritable or having mood swings can be telltale first signs, as can feeling out of control of your life.

Physical signs of stress

If you experience difficulty sleeping, tension headaches, dizziness or trouble sleeping, it is probably time for a break.


In our work-obsessed society, there’s always pressure to be busy and productive. But, on the flip-side, allowing yourself to burn out can have the opposite effect, leaving you feeling unmotivated and anxious.

Inability to control mood

If you notice that you feel absolutely drained after even small tasks and are feeling anxious, irritable or uncharacteristically negative all of a sudden, then it might be time to take a break and refresh.

Difficulty concentrating

Are you finding it harder to focus on what you’re doing? If so, it might be time for a break. Make sure you give yourself some space every now and then—sometimes, all it takes is a quick breather to feel rejuvenated! Remember: take small breaks frequently throughout your day to ensure long-term focus and effectiveness.

Increased alcohol consumption

Stress often leads to unhealthy habits, like binging on sugary drinks or alcohol. If you notice yourself reaching for a drink more often than usual, consider the reasons why. Is there anything you can change?

Please seek medical advice if you are worried about any physical or psychological problems or addictive behaviour patterns.

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