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    Being emotionally strong does not mean knowing how to resist and endure, but knowing how to "recharge"

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    Louise Hay
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    They made us believe that being strong means being able to endure more. The more we try, the stronger we become. So the moment comes when the forces leave us, but something always pushes us to move forward, we cannot fail. In fact, in recent years, even advertising has begun to play with this idea by recommending us to consume energizing, restorative and vitamin foods, because slowing down and stopping is frowned upon. So everything around us gives us the message that we cannot stop, we need to move forward, because that means we are strong.



    The completely wrong message!

    The strongest people are not those who resist the most, but those who have learned to recharge. If we deprive ourselves of our share of rest and don't allow ourselves time to recover, we will become weaker and less productive. To maintain balance and not damage our brains, we need to relax and take a break. If we always push ourselves to the limit we will end up paying the consequences, both physically and emotionally.

    If you don't rest your productivity and efficiency will decrease

    In reality, the point is not simply to produce more, but to be effective, which means doing any activity without it being too heavy. To achieve this it is essential that both our body and our mind are rested. If we deprive ourselves of the necessary sleep, for example, we will probably be able to finish the project we are working on, but the quality of the work will not be good since we are not giving 100% of us.

    Also, if we don't get enough rest, fatigue builds up and cognitive performance decreases, so that all the tasks we have to perform on a daily basis will feel titanic. Lack of sleep also affects decision making, causing us to make hasty decisions without properly evaluating the consequences.



    On the contrary, if we get enough rest we will not only perform more, but we will also be able to do things with less effort and, of course, we will feel much better.

    Disconnect from work and worries

    True rest is not just about leaving the office, going home and sitting on the sofa. The mind must be allowed to recover, which means freeing itself from worries. Indeed, worries are like a heavy burden that keeps the brain continuously active, preventing the default neural network from taking over, which is essential for authentic rest to occur.

    Therefore, it is desirable to give your mind a rest to disconnect from worries. You can choose to do something fun or creative, do mindfulness meditation or dedicate at least an hour a day to one of your passions. When we do something we like, our brains release dopamine, which helps us relax and gives us an incredible sense of well-being. And this is essential to moving forward and facing life's challenges and adversities.

    Take the time to recover and start over

    Often when we go through a difficult situation, such as the breakup of a relationship or the death of a loved one, the people around us encourage us to quickly return to our normal life. However, each of us has our own pace, and before making important decisions, it is best to take some rest to allow wounds to heal. Returning to the daily routine with "emotional" wounds not yet healed increases the risk of these opening up at the slightest setback. A little common sense is enough, but sometimes we are forced by the pressure of others to "recover" too quickly.


    When going through a difficult situation it is a good idea to remember that there is no need to rush or prove anything to anyone. Take the time to heal, rediscover your passions, rethink aspects of your life and learn to live with loss and overcome adversity.



    Finally, remember that to take care of your mental and physical health, rest is essential. We don't have to follow a busy lifestyle or always drive in the fast lane. Whenever you need it, take a break and recharge. Always pushing yourself to the limit is not a good idea, we need to know how to keep the balance. The fact that you need to rest does not mean that you are weak. Remember that the important thing is not to get farther and faster, but to enjoy the journey. And for this, sometimes you have to stop or even take a step back.


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