As you read this, I’m in Cleveland for a work conference. I can’t wait to tell you all about this city and how I’ve fallen in love with it, but for now I want to tell you why I’m sitting in a hotel room writing this post instead.
When I travel, I feel immense pressure to really explore a city. Life is so short, and I want to experience as many things and see as many places as possible. I have really bad FOMO, and when I travel for work, it’s like FOMO on steroids. My schedule is limited because I’m typically working during business hours, so I try to cram my evenings full of cool experiences and delicious food. On top of that, I’m still adjusting to traveling alone. I get nervous, and I have to force myself not to hole up in a hotel room for the entire trip.
I’ve been going non-stop. So after getting a blister and getting a little lost while trying to get home from my conference, I gave up and hopped in an Uber. I immediately sunk into my bed, and my body was shaking. I knew at that point enough was enough. I cancelled my plans and walked to the gourmet grocery store across the street for a sandwich and fruit, then threw on a cozy hotel robe and called it a night. While I wanted to see my new friends and mingle with other young professionals, I knew I needed to listen to my body and take a break.
Women are expected to balance it all – work, school, blogging, side projects, families, social lives… you name it. But when we don’t take care of ourselves, we end up like I was tonight – exhausted, physically weak, and anxious.
I hope that as this week gears off, you’ll remember to listen to your body. If you’re feeling physically or mentally exhausted, take a little break to let your mind and body rest. Failing to do so results in burnout, and we can all attest to how not fun that is.
Happy Monday, and hang in there!