When something stressful suddenly happens, it's typically a good idea to walk away before reacting. As productivity blog Dumb Little Man suggests in an article, knowing how to scale that cool-down period may be more important than the period itself.
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When your car breaks down, taking 15 minutes to gather your thoughts so you can fix the problem with a clear head is easy. Taking a holiday because you're overworked is harder to identify. As Dumb Little Man points out, distinguishing the types of breaks you need is the more valuable skill than simply knowing you need one:
I had worn myself out and felt overwhelmed by trying to build my business, writing all the time, helping other people, making money, worrying about my unfulfilled desires, as well as the day to day living stresses and chores.
I was OK with the coffee breaks, exercise and meditations, but not so good on taking weekend downtime or holidays - so my stress levels built up until I ended up unable to see the wood for the trees.
We typically need various sizes of breaks routinely. Without the little breaks in day-to-day life, we have a hard time seeing when the big breaks become necessary. Without either, our decision making abilities spiral downwards.
How Not To Make A Drastic Mistake You Will Regret [Dumb Little Man]