I never really remember myself as being someone who liked to be productive. In fact, I was (and still am, most times ) considered a lazy person. It takes me a good long time to get out of bed in the morning, and once I sit down again, good luck getting me up. Unless, of course, you hear the voices in my head.
“More work! More research! You aren’t quitting yet!”
“Girl, sit down before you pass out..”
Having this kind of mentality can be truly difficult at times, but it’s also a good thing.
The good thing about it, is that it’s kind of like having your own personal Coach inside your head. If you’re only feeling lazy and not worn out, the coach is going to scream at you until you’re back on the playing field. On the other hand, if you show that you aren’t up to your A-game, the Coach will (hopefully) send you back to the bench with an ice pack.
The bad thing about a Coach mindset, is that sometimes, your coach is annoying. Like, imagine your middle school coach, contanly blowing whistles and waving their arms, and screaming, “you can do better than that, kid!” The Coach mentality is sometimes like that. The difference between your eighth grade coach and the one in your head, is you can tell the one in your head to shut up.
It’s totally okay to be a busy bee and crank out a ton of work every day. In fact, that’s a very good thing! But you also know when you need and deserve a break, even if that means disobeying the Coach. Here’s how I’ve dealt with mine.
- Take a step back, and breathe deep. Sometimes when you overwork yourself, you get anxious when you stop. Take a minute and breathe, and ask yourself if you really want to do more, or if you should stop for now.
- Know that you can come back. If you decide to stop, know that you can always come back and finish whatever it is that you’re working on.
- Put your mental health first. Taking care of your mind is just as (if not more) important than anything else. If you overwork yourself, you’ll get anxious, frustrated, and may even wind up injuring yourself. Trust what you feel.
- Listen to yourself, not the Coach. If you feel that you’ve been working long enough, stop. If you feel like all the creativity has been sapped from you, stop. Sit down. Take a break. You will be much better off listening to yourself than the abusive words in your head.
- Find a way to shut it out. Sometimes, even trusting yourself isn’t enough. Find something to calm your mind, even if it’s something that’s still productive. Reading a book, meditating, taking a shower or nap, or going for a jog are all things that could help.
What are some ways you deal with your Coach? What does yours sound like? Leave a comment! (Make sure to like this post, and follow as well!)
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