Taking A Break From Yourself

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Giving Your Ego A Break

Your ego is the mask that you put on in the morning, along with your outfit and hair product. While the latter two are necessary, you can leave the former tucked into your bedroom from time to time. Taking a break from yourself is done by giving your ego a break at the same time. The ego is your sense of self-esteem or self-importance.

Taking a break from yourself is important because it helps you to integrate new thoughts, beliefs and information without overloading your state of mind. You can do this by leaving your ego at home from time to time; give it days off where it can relax and take a breather. What holds people back from doing this is the fear of vulnerability without their ego present.

Whenever you are stroking your ego on a consistent basis, you’re contributing to its inflation; it only grows bigger and bigger is not always better. Bigger egos contribute to more emotional insecurity and uncertainty, poorer relationships and riskier behaviors and decision-making. Bigger egos inflate your natural (healthy) narcissistic traits; natural is good, but supernatural is risky.

Over time, you’ll actually feel better about yourself after having given your ego sufficient breaks. So the question arises, “if I’m leaving my ego at home and my ego is my mask, then what will I be wearing today?” This can be answered with, “why do you have to wear something on your face?”

People want to see the authentic you, and nothing shines brighter than your true self minus the ego. The ego is not meant to be worn every day; utilize it when you need it most, like important meetings, dates, job interviews or any situations that require you to put on your best performance.

But these situations should not be every day, and you should learn to utilize your ego less and less, even in high-pressure situations. The more comfortable that you become without your ego, the more confident, relaxed and joyful you will feel. And your ego will also become a better representation of yourself, when given sufficient time to unwind and rest in the comforts of your bedroom.

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Taking A Break

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Slowing Down Your Pace

Sometimes a good break is all that is needed to rejuvenate the mind and restart your daily work cycle back up again. Even if you lead a diverse life with multiple activities, by not taking a break, you risk burning out! Activities are not a substitute for mind-rest; they just help prevent your life from turning dull.

But mind-rest is needed from time to time. This is when you just drop everything you’re doing (after work or school of course) and just relax and enjoy the moment, with absolutely no pressure. This doesn’t mean sparking up a J or pouring yourself a glass of wine.

It means just take a break and enjoy life in the present moment. Live as if you have no expectations. Don’t worry about what happens tomorrow. Close your eyes and just lay around the house or somewhere comfortable outdoors. Allow your thoughts to just be and your pace to slow down.

Your mind cannot endlessly go without breaks; that is why burnout is on the rise. People’s lives have become robotic: work, school, home and repeat. Even if there is excitement through various activities, that does not mean that your mind is resting. Resting means taking a break from everything that you normally do.

Allow your mind to talk to you. Listen carefully and you will catch on when it’s calling for a rest. But if you keep putting off its request, don’t be surprised if you find depression, anxiety of burnout knocking at your front door. Don’t wait till that moment because you may be in for a rude awakening!

Taking a break means: stop, drop and . . . slowing down your pace.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)