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How do I know when I should let myself rest (i.e., sleep) and when to push myself to do things?

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Last Updated: 05/17/2021 at 1:39pm
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July 20th, 2015 3:02am
There's a line between lack of motivation and exhaustion. When something needs to be done, or will greatly help the situation from having been done, it's best to find some driving factor to finish the thing. When it reaches to point where it would be more beneficial for you or those around you to take a break or stop for a while (as when it is no longer healthy to remain active for so long), then it's time to step back for a breather.
September 21st, 2015 4:28am
Simply listen to your body. Our bodies are designed to send us a signal if were tired, and we have to do as it says. If you still feel energetic and motivated, go ahead and push yourself to do what you wish.
November 3rd, 2015 5:11pm
Think of yourself as a tree, grounded deep in the roots and still able to move freely by the winds of the world. As this tree you will know when to ground and when to reach your limbs out by paying close attention to your own biorhythm.
May 1st, 2018 10:52am
Time. You usually push yourself if you're about to finish something and you don't have the luxury of time. and you should rest if submitting the task is still far and you're stopped being productive about it.
January 1st, 2018 9:57am
It depends what's stopping you. I have CFS, and if I push myself to do things, I crash. Tiredness is your body telling you to rest, but sometimes doing some activities can give you more energy. ❤
April 11th, 2015 9:31am
You should let yourself rest when you feel like you got a good amount of work done and you're tired. It's not the best idea to overwork yourself to the brink of exhaustion. However if you relaxed a bit more, and your ready for more work; you should push yourself to get what you can done.
January 13th, 2015 2:47pm
If something in this world is causing you unnecessary stress, then I would say take a break. Even if in the future you come back to that same thing, take a break when it starts to stress you out in a negative way. Stress is not always bad however, so if the stress that comes from a certain activity or dedication isn't harming you in your opinion, then I would say push yourself to be the best you can be, but if it ever starts becoming negative stress, take a rest for a bit and wait for yourself to become content again.
March 12th, 2015 12:35pm
You have to feel the balance of your limits. If you don't rest when you feel tired it can result in not achieving the goal that is set. Better to take a rest and charge you batteries for future victories!
April 9th, 2015 4:50pm
You should manage your time and you need to know yourself...For e.g. when I feel exhausted from school, after I come home just rest for an hour or two like I read something, watch something. And after that I'm ready to study. But some people are able to study right after they come home...Sometimes I study all night, sometimes I go and it's very individual.But it's important to sleep and reast as well because you may not be very effective..just listen to yourself and you'll find your way :)
May 6th, 2015 4:51am
when u r aware nothing is being done properly,the task u r assigned is getting messed up..take rest ,when u know it is of atmost importance to give your best,means if it for a purpose that is good enough for keep u going then push yourself a bit extra,for tremendous results.
July 27th, 2015 7:10pm
I'm sure everyone agrees that resting is one of the best things to do, however it is possible to get tired of being tired (if that makes sense). If you're overworking yourself your body will let you know; same goes for if you're resting too much. There will be signs that tell you to "go conquer the world," but there are also signs that say, "maybe tomorrow."
December 22nd, 2015 6:37am
If you are physically exhausted then you need a rest and that is ok. When you are mentally and emotionally exhausted it does not help to just go to sleep. Find someone to talk to. Develop a good habit like exercising. Do something to help you work through the problem you are facing and you will have a good nights rest after solving those issues.
July 4th, 2016 1:55pm
I find that having a routine with set sleep/wake times greatly helps me in managing my daily life. Having said that, how much rest you need would depend on how much work you have done and weather or not you feel tired.
September 6th, 2016 7:09pm
Good rule of thumb: Would you feel more motivated after you slept or would you just keep on doing nothing? If the latter is the case, better do it now.
October 10th, 2016 7:24pm
Rest is essential and should be cyclic (going to bed the same time and waking up around the same time), teens should get around 8-10 hours sleep and should rarely be compensated, or you won't be able to push yourself and therefore get overworked
March 27th, 2017 7:46pm
Rest is actually more important than we think. If something is really, really important to you, and is also time-bound, that would be a time to push yourself beyond your limit, and not allow yourself to rest till it is over. However, unless the thing in question is not REALLY urgent, and REALLY important, rest is really important, and you should get some immediately. Not only is it bad for you physically, not sleeping actually impairs cognitive abilities, and would make it harder for you to work as you keep going. Thus, you should really prioritize your work, and decide whether to go for it, or hit the sack.
August 14th, 2018 11:54pm
when you are very tired and your eyes cannot stay open is when it is time to rest and lay down! you should get atleast 8+ more hours of sleep
June 25th, 2019 11:27pm
you should let yourself rest when you can feel your head getting heavy or you can tell that things don’t seem right. sometimes it’s easy to let yourself get away with not thinking straight dye to exhaustion, but when you can’t function well and you can’t do simple tasks without feeling as if you’re about to pass out, you know you need some rest. you never need to push yourself to do things. you will always have other opportunities and things to help you. if it’s really necessary and very important, then yeah, push yourself. ask yourself what your motivation is and stick to it .
November 11th, 2019 5:53pm
You know better than anyone else, if your body is tired or your mind is tired there is no shame in taking breaks. I hereby grant you permission to work at your own pace, because your process is valid. One thing that can help with the process is developing a routine, figuring out which times you work best. Once you know that you can plan your busy times and rest times better so you don't overdo yourself. It can be tricky to find that balance sometimes and you do have to be patient with yourself but I think in asking that question it shows how committed to yourself you are, which is so great.
May 17th, 2021 1:39pm
It’s really going to be up to you when those times should happen. If I have things I genuinely need to get done, I would push myself to do those things but remembering to take a break after doing them! Personally that’s how I get myself up and doing things but everyone does that differently! It’s really going to depend on how your mind and your body feel that day. You could always have an agreement with yourself, for example, let’s say you push yourself for the day, you come home and then unwind and rest when the day is over! I hope this helped :)