Never enough

by - June 18, 2020

the pressure of always doing more - lilac graphic with sparkles

































I’m definitely guilty of being one of those people who feel like they constantly have to be doing something. I have to be working towards something and doing nothing usually makes me feel guilty - guilty that I should be doing more or working towards something. 

Lockdown and this year (where spoiler things have not gone to plan šŸ˜…šŸ™‚šŸ¤£) has really forced me to learn to pause and sometimes appreciate doing nothing. To look after myself when it all went wrong. Mainly because if I hadn’t I’m not sure I would have been able to handle it all because I needed time to process. But even so, I’ve often only really taken a breather when it’s got to extreme situations for me. In a world where something is always going on and being productive / doing work seems to be overvalued, I’d really forgotten how to just be. Appreciate that sometimes doing nothing is nice - it’s a way to give your mind a rest and yourself a breather

For years now, doing nothing has always brought a sense of guilt- that I should be working, doing more to achieve something, that I could be doing better. But when I have done work, I never feel as though I’m doing enough. It’s a lose-lose situation. It’s only recently that I’ve really worked to change that mindset. To stop and appreciate what I have now - to acknowledge that many of the things I have currently is what past me spent lots of time and work in achieving and at points felt completely out of reach. We’ve been taught to constantly reach for the next goal so much that we sometimes forget what we do have and have achieved. 

So, if like me you’ve lost sight of that, here’s your reminder: be proud of what you’ve achieved and pause before you throw yourself into the next challenge. You deserve it. 

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12 Comments

  1. Yes, I can be the same way. I feel like I always need to do something but I've learned breaks are okay!

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    1. Yes, breaks are something I need to remind myself about too. ☺️

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  2. I am the exact same way lol I can't stand still, I always need to be doing something...always...

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    1. I have that mindset too - nice to know I am not the only one!

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  3. It is hard for me to do nothing so I have to force myself. The hot tub is my nothing place

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    1. I am glad you have found at least somewhere you can turn off. Hope you are well.šŸ˜ƒ

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  4. Lockdown for me has been awful. It meant cramming more into an already overloaded workload. I'd like to do nothing, even just for day.

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    1. Sorry to hear that! Hope you are doing better now and please take care and look after yourself.šŸ’“

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  5. I always take break. I take time to smell the flowers, appreciate the flying birds and the little changes in my dog's hair. It is good for our mental health.

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  6. Pausing is not such a bad thing. Look we had no choice but to because of the quarantine and we got through it. But thank God.

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  7. I'm the same way. I too feel like I should always be doing something or else I feel guilty. I just like to be doing and be productive. It makes me happy.

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  8. Thanks for this. I sometimes feel the same way

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