We are constantly told that if we want to make it anywhere in life, to be successful, we must "work hard." You’re not a boss if you don’t hustle!
Our society applauds those who put in blood, sweat, and tears into their work so we can consider them as deserving of all good things. Hustle the hardest, have the most unique aesthetic, post multiple times a day on social media, don’t stop when you’re tired, do more and then some more, work harder, work longer but that is a good thing.… right?
Hustle and Hustle some more!
We have heard this a million times, even from life coaches, big gurus, influencers in the market: “To succeed, you need to work hard, and you need to work hard every day and do the things that other people won’t do.”
We tend to make these unrealistic expectations with ourselves and associate our self-worth with things like our bank balance, job position, social media following, etc. Whereas your worth is entirely up to you. You are worthy because you say you're worthy and because you believe it.
Yes, working is important; putting the effort in is essential. However, if we keep pushing ourselves so hard and have zero time for other things in life sooner or later, we will end up in burnout mode. The drive to work harder and faster can seem productive at the moment, but in the long run, not recognizing our physical and emotional limits can have a very negative impact on our wellbeing. Since the hustle culture keeps us in fight mode constantly, it puts our body into a prolonged period of stress.
Remember, “Exhaustion is not a status symbol”. You deserve to rest. You can't consistently give 100% in your day from 50% energy.
Self-care wins over self-sabotage every day!
Allow things to be easy and to unfold with grace. Make everything beautiful and sacred. Honour the energy that flows through you in its particularly unique kind of way. Keep your eyes on your paper and keep making art. Your business is your art and your creativity comes through your website, your Instagram, the courses you create, and the way you interact with your clients. Allow it all to flow.
We think that if we work faster and overwhelm ourselves with tasks and unattainable goals, that we will eventually succeed.
We are all uniquely designed and operate differently. Our bodies need the natural flow. When too much stress is constantly it causes mental blocks, emotional blocks, and physical blocks too.
Let’s Unlearn and Relearn
Self-fulfilment requires a strong connection between mind, body, and spirit. It also requires understanding our rhythm, what a perfect day feels like, and doing more of what feels good right now.
Stop wearing your burnout as a badge of honour and try this instead :
The key is to ENJOY the PROCESS instead of the result.
Focus on scheduling time to relax.
Be intentional about the amount of work you are taking on.
Stay present in the moment.
Get in the rhythm and make empowering choices about the use of your time.
Allow space and time for self-care practice.
Realize you will get better results, and sustainable results if you can normalize and come into peace with the notion of the grind to do more, more and more to be worthy.
REMEMBER, IT IS PRODUCTIVE TO REST.
It takes conscious effort to trace new neural pathways and change our habits and behaviors, and especially when you have been a workaholic all your life, it’s hard to draw a line and rest. You are so involved in your business/job that everyday life turns into business activities.
It’s necessary to understand that our brains and our bodies need relaxation, need leisure, need social connections with no strings attached, no professional performance pressure. When we allow ourselves to rest, creativity flows, problem-solving occurs quicker and more effectively! We are more productive. We prioritize what’s most important to get done, as opposed to trying to do everything.
Concluding it with
The concept of hustle is inspiring and it’s captivating.
But when not done with balance - it causes stress, anxiety, overwhelms, and burnout.
The pandemic has taught us that mental health needs to take priority over absolutely everything! So you don’t need to constantly be hustling. Take time to slow down.
𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦!
Even after constant mindful efforts if you still feel stuck in the loop of the grind you need to understand this overcompensating behaviour sometimes comes from our lack of self-worth and self-trust, perfectionism, and our desire to please others, as well as our inner drive to accomplish things, even to the detriment of our health.
You can seek out help and learn to modify your patterns and behaviours. Reach out to Psychologist Mahek Pathan.