You too need a timeout

Feb 16, 2022 | Wellness


As an ambitious mum, I know there is always something to do. I too have, what sometimes feels like, a never-ending list of things to do. I sometimes feel like life can be too much to handle, it’s full-on and maybe even a little overwhelming. It’s in those times when I just want to press pause but I don’t feel I can.

Instead, my default is to push forward and take action. But this is not always the answer. Sometimes the only answer is to stop and take a break.

It’s about listening to your body and giving yourself what you need instead of doing all the things you ’should’ be doing.

Taking that break and showing yourself compassion gives you the time you need to recharge your battery so that you have the energy and strength to go do your thing and be the best you can be.

There is nothing wrong with needing a rest. We all need time to ourselves to do nothing. Yet this can be seen as lazy!

mum to be, judging

I used to find it really difficult to do nothing. To just sit and rest, especially when I had lots of things that I should have been doing. 

However, I have learnt that there are times when the best thing for me is to do nothing. To just sit and be still.

To take the time to be with just me so that I can reflect on what is going on and what I want to do next.

So, I can tell you that there is nothing wrong with pressing pause when you need to. It’s about being honest with yourself. You will know the difference between needing a break versus giving up or letting yourself off the hook.

It’s about being self-aware and knowing what is best for you right now. By taking that break, you are giving yourself the opportunity to re-evaluate where you are and what needs to happen next. 

In essence, you’re blocking out the noise of life for a while to give yourself time to think.

If you’re at the point of needing a break, here are some things you can try to make the most of pressing pause. 

Do the essentials

I don’t know about you but I can only totally relax if I’ve done the essentials that are on my to-do list. Not everything needs to be done now. I’m only pausing. I’m not going away for a long period of time. Complete your essentials then stop.


That inner voice will be chatting at you so let it have its say by getting it out of your head. To do this, I will always journal. I can then see more clearly why I’m feeling the way I am.

There is no problem

It’s easy to create a problem from something that is very small and to feel overwhelmed by it. So ask yourself, are you creating a problem? Instead of making assumptions, look at the facts. What do you know to be true versus what you may be making up!

Clear your head

Now you are free to clear your head. Getting outside is a great way of doing this. Whether it’s sitting in the garden or going for a walk.


Now go do something that will help you recharge your battery. This may be doing something peaceful and calming like having a bath or reading a book. This may be doing something that is more intense like going for a run or playing a sport. Whatever you need. You decide.

It is up to you what you do with your time. You are in control of making the best decision for you. It just takes being honest with yourself and listening.

This quote sums it up well, ‘If you listen to your body when it whispers you won’t have to hear it scream’. So take the time to listen and do what’s right for you. 

What’s your best next move?


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