for the past couple days, i have been trying to be better at listening to my body. if i sit in front of a computer screen for too long, i start feeling gross (you can possibly relate). but even worse, if i work too hard on a certain project, my brain eventually just stops being productive. it feels like i am banging my head against a wall. when i feel stuck like this, it is tempting to try and watch some motivational videos or to try and muscle through it.
but i have found the best thing i can do is just stop and take a break. today, the break went a little longer than usual. i reclined on my couch and let my brain cool off, took a nap, woke up, drank water, and tried to come back. it didn’t happen until hours later that night, but when i was finally “repaired”, i had a slew of new ideas, deeper feelings, and a refreshed sense of direction.
of course, this may just be a me thing. but i know that friends who work on problems for too long (a lot of these folks are programmers), and they all have to almost re-teach themselves the importance of knowing when to walk away, splash water on your face, and come back with a new set of eyes. in our “always on” culture, i think this is not as obvious as we would like it to be, and part of the first step is listening to your body when it tells you that something isn’t right.