I have talked about overworking ourselves many times already. There is something new though I discovered about my mind and body this weekend.
I have already experienced few times in past that if I work too hard for too long time, my body will stop me at some point and I will get sick. I experienced my first burn out few years ago. Few months later I quit my job and went to India for two months.
That time I told myself I can´t let this happen again. Well I did. But then I didn´t get sick for that long as the first time. What happens is that I get tired, I sleep less and then it looks like I have cold. Well I might have cold but only because I let my body to get too tired, which lowers my imunity.
In past two years I haven´t taken a proper holiday, so I decided to make it up to myself and traveled Spain and Portugal for 7 weeks in autumn.
Since I came back I felt good and everything went really well for me. Especially since the New Year. I started working on new projects as a freelancer, I am writing a new eBook, I joined CrossFit after 4 months break, we do new training with Ignác and many other things connected with my goal of focusing on myself for this year.
Everything went just great until I started having troubles sleeping two weeks ago. This time it wasn´t stress causing me a problem, but it was excitment. I was just too excited about all new things that I couldn´t sleep.
I got physically tired and without a proper sleep, we can´t be efficient in anything. So here it is again. I caught cold. I know you might say it´s just cold and everybody gets cold. I won´t argue with that but I know it has again something to do with letting myself to get overwhelmed for a moment.
But this time once it came, I just disconnected myself from all the work and social media, I asked help with Ignác so I can skip one long walk in cold and just lie down on the sofa and watch Netflix. Suddenly I wasn´t able to do anything else even though I wanted.
This time my body warned me soon enough. Or maybe I just heard it soon enough. I couldn´t sleep for two weeks, what I did was that I was going to bed early and tried to give myself time to rest. My my mind was restless. I didn´t stop working. And this is what we have to do. Even though work can be fun for us, sometimes even fun can become a work.
Not more time in the bed but switching off everything for two days returned my sleep.
Sometimes it can get too much even of things we normally love. We can get overwhelmed by everything. So now I need to get my sleep back in order, be kind to myself and have enough rest.
So in one week we pack our bags with Ignác and go to mountains in Poland for few days. To get some rest, sleep, fun and energy for next projects leading us to our dream future.