‘It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.’– Rocky Balboa.
We all want to be winners, right? But of course that’s easier said than done. In order to win we need to first accept the fact that life is tough and we’re just mere mortals. Life is always going to try and knock us down, that’s its job. All we can do is figure out ways to cope with it and build up some resilience to it, bit by bit.
Sometimes life will succeed in its evil ploy: it’ll knock us out for a few days, or a few weeks, or even a few months. Sometimes we’ll burn out and switch off. That’s ok. That’s normal. We just need to learn how to use that switch-off period that we instinctively revert to when we’re feeling down, to our advantage. We need to use that time to repair ourselves.
During my own switch-off periods, I tend to keep my phone at arm’s length, I lose contact with a few of my friends, I read more, I do more exercise and I treat myself to a facial/massage/hair appointment, because why not? The point of this hibernation time is to revive myself, to feel like I’m on top of the world and ready for battle again. So essentially, during this time I concentrate on nothing but me, myself and I.
It may sound selfish, but hey, it’s got to be done in order for me to function as the best version of myself. I eliminate any distractions and stresses from my mind and focus on what I want and what makes me feel good and I take the steps to achieve those things. Everywhere I go becomes a STRESS-FREE ZONE.
Most importantly, I find that having limited interaction with the real world allows me to clear my head; I’m able to think rationally and see things in a new and different light. As a result, I’m usually in a better frame of mind to make certain big decisions or address particular issues that I may have been avoiding prior to my ‘detox’.
The fact of the matter is, life is stressful and taking a time-out every now and then is necessary if not essential for all of us. Nobody can roll with the punches 24/7, it’s not humanly possible and it’s ok to admit that. So if you feel like your eyes are about to pop out of your head, or if you’re certain that you’re seconds away from breathing fire, hit Reboot and stick yourself on charge for a few days. And then when your mind is cleared, get back on that horse! Good luck. 🙂