I find it incredibly hilarious how we find the solutions to almost all our problems while taking a steaming, hot shower. If you want to get a little more scientific about it, I’ll tell you that a hot shower relaxes your muscles, and by extension your mind, and allows you to think better. So, of course we end up solving our issues in the shower.
I, for one, end up finding a way to fight through my creative blocks in the shower. Now, whether I remember these ideas I have concocted after I step out of the shower is a mystery, but I know that being relaxed and having absolutely nothing on our minds is a great way to find the answers we are looking for.
More often than not, anyway.
The thing is, any kind of solution at all requires the intent and action to actually solve whatever it is that we’ve got going on in our lives, but we often forget about all of that because we have so many thoughts swirling in our heads. Really, it’s exhausting to even think, sometimes. It’s no wonder that exhaustion of any kind can hamper productivity.
Why do we fail to acknowledge this? Because from the very beginning, we’ve been taught that ‘an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop’, and somehow, that stuck. And now we send ourselves on guilt trips every time we decide we want to take a day off, even if we have genuine reason to do so. And somehow, we have convinced ourselves that overthinking is going to solve all our issues, and that working ourselves to the bone can actually be a good thing.
I took two weeks away from writing for a little while because it got overwhelming after a really long time. I am so glad I did because now I have an endless source of ideas to pick and write from and I have noticed that my writing here has become better, comparatively. I don’t think taking a break from something you love to do can be such a bad thing, because it does help you figure things out and give yourselves some well-deserved rest.
Of course, I can’t guarantee that you’ll always have a solution after getting the rest you deserve. But you will definitely be in the right headspace to allow yourself to figure things out, which you might as well.
Listen to what your mind needs at the moment. I promise you that nothing else is ever going to be as important as that in the long run. It doesn’t even have to be a complete isolation or anything drastic. Just quiet, little moments to yourself in the day, or the week. Anything that gets you relaxed and going.
You matter the most. Xx