I know you woke up this morning not wanting to get up from bed. That heavy feeling in your gut is still there – and it has been for quite a long time. You finally stood up and looked at yourself in the mirror, and I know you felt like you wanted to like yourself. Another zit just popped up, your hair is in a tangled mess, your laugh lines seem more prominent, and the numbers on the scale are upsetting you even more.
There are two kinds of stress—the good kind, and the toxic kind. The former is the one where you’re physically tired and yet, you are mentally awake and motivated to keep going. It’s the kind that lets you breathe a sigh of relief and fulfilment at the end of the day. The latter, however, is the kind that’s dangerous for your mental and physical health. It drains you, gives you headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and creeps in unhealthy thoughts. And while we all go through both at some point in our busy days, it’s important to take a step back, breathe for a while, and listen to your body when it needs to rest.