Constantly overworking is a draining habit fueled by fumes. Just the word alone sounds like more work will get done, but I beg to differ.
Many of us have probably thought at some point or another that the further we push, the more we will accomplish.
While this half true, because pushing ourselves to stretch ourselves beyond our fears is healthy, there is also a kind of pushing that is not healthy.
When writers and bloggers run on fumes, it just doesn’t produce the quality work that a fueled person typically dishes out. It’s like back-pedaling up a hill.
And when pushing through the work, it’s easy to think that all the aches are worth it because they are getting us ahead.
Or are they?
The truth is, if you have to sacrifice your self care to do so, the end doesn’t justify the means and self care is vital for long term progress. What do I mean exactly? Let me give you an example.
Take some stress, maybe a deadline or two, throw in an empty stomach, and add a typing binge.
You’ll get depleted. Mentally, physically, and sometimes spiritually.
Hunger and stress combined have been known to cause extreme behaviors. In me. Oops, did I just say that?
Pass the gluten free popcorn, or the chocolate chip cookie and check this out.
In 1 Kings chapter 19, Elijah was running for dear life from some folk. He got so down and out about it that he he prayed to die.
He sat there under that tree and wished for death. Now things have to get pretty bad in your head for you to wish that.
I have been there too. Although I did not face the same dilemma Elijah faced, I have tried to run a marathon with poor preparation. It wasn’t an actual marathon, but my fingers thought it so.
Peck, peck, pecking away nonstop. Right through lunch and all. It didn’t work. My head hurt, my body hurt, and all the extra time I spent trying to get ahead only seemed to pull me back.
Elijah finally had stopped running for dear life and laid his old tuckered out self down for a nap. While he was sleeping an angel came along and blessed him with some hot bread and cold water!
He ate it and prolonged his nap. Wouldn’t you know it? That friendly angel on a mission came back and encouraged him to eat up because of the journey ahead.
What a nice guy? I mean, angel…I mean..guy angel..
This story really astounds me because of the soul issue it touches.
Stop overworking. Make time to take care of your soul too.
Ignoring the soul issues doesn’t make you make holier, it just drains you. – Tweet
For years, I thought it was most important for me to take care of others (J.O.Y = Jesus, Others, You) so I largely ignored what I needed or desired. I thought it was the right thing to do. I was a bit mixed up!
Did you know that taking care of ourselves is just as important too? It affects how we think and some of how we act. If we are daily putting others before our own bodily care and sometimes even soul food, when we will we ever get nourished?
When will the perfect day arrive? If you are a parent, if you work, or if you are remotely human, you probably won’t find the perfect day skipping across your lawn ready to find you each week.
After Elijah took the angel’s advice and ate more, he eventually was able to get up the energy to continue the trek.
I am guessing this time though, he wasn’t running for dear life on an empty stomach. I am guessing he was filled with two things. Food, and confidence in God’s plans for him.
There are many ways one can overwork. Do you find yourself doing this in certain areas?
Those who want to write and blog for the long haul should determine to kick the bad habit of overwork to the curb as quickly as possible. It just doesn’t deliver the results one would think.
The negative effects of overexerting ourselves will start to seep out into all the other area of our lives. It has too. We are human and we can only do so much.
I am giving myself this message today.
The next time I am tempted to plow through, I will remember the effects of such actions Not eating is just silly. In the emergency that I must work longer than normal, I hope I will remember to have a stash of good and healthy snacks within reach!
I’m a work in progress y’all. (Aren’t we all?)
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