Work Hard, Play Hard
Part of maintaining good mental health is knowing when and how to celebrate your victories in life. What is a life full of victories if you cannot celebrate them? Celebrating positive results is very important for your sanity, because it allows you to appreciate all of the hard work that you have put in. Why is this even being mentioned? Because believe it or not, there are people who do not know how to work hard and play hard.
You cannot always work and not replenish your energy with a little fun; you will eventually become miserable. The best things in life are enjoyed in moderation: never too little and never too much. An example is bipolar disorder: you feel miserable when you are depressed, but ecstatic when you are manic.
Except that you cannot remain manic for long, because it starts to interfere with your work and relationships, eventually leading you to become psychiatrically hospitalized. Therefore, we give patients with bipolar disorder a mood stabilizer such as Lithium, Depakote or Tegretol, to return their mood into the happy medium range.
The same concept applies with work and having fun. You cannot keep working indefinitely without celebrating your positive results; you will either experience burnout, become depressed or both. On the other hand, you cannot just have fun all of the time and not work hard in life; you will either become irresponsible, addicted to a substance or incapable of holding a job for longer than a year.
Even if you’re the type of person who keeps to themselves and does not regularly participate in celebrations, you have to learn how to step out of your comfort zone and have a little fun in life. You never know until you try! And even if you previously tried celebrating positive results and did not like it, try again.
You are the only one who is holding yourself back from new activities and events in life. Each one of us has so much potential to improve our current situations, but we often hold ourselves back due to internal conflicts. We have the power to make a change; that power lies within us.
Therefore, it’s time for you to start working hard and playing hard by celebrating your positive results. Get out there and enjoy life while you still have it!
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