Better yet, leave right now. Play hooky. Do something you want to do, right now, and then commit to do something else you want to do tomorrow. Repeat as needed.
Have you ever noticed the amazing number of people who die relatively young, before their time, of serious illness rather than as the result of an accident? Pay attention to the tributes paid to them after they die and you will discover that the great majority of them were overachievers, never missed a day of school or work, were selflessly dedicated to any number of causes, never said “no,” were constantly going from here to there engaged in this or that critical venture? In short, can you see they completely ignored their own needs and were most likely raised to do so?
Stress quite literally kills these people. It causes elevated cortisol levels that impair their immune system and – BOOM! – they receive the diagnosis. Early onset dementia, lupus, cancer, ALS, MS, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, and dozens of other diagnoses arise seemingly out of nowhere. The truth is that all of us carry the potential for many diseases within our bodies, but many of us never manifest the disease. A great deal of the difference is that people who get the diseases have a compromised immune system due to unhealthy stress. You might say that people who are in a rush to accomplish a lot before they die in fact hasten their own demise by failing to pay attention to their needs.
The good news is that you can turn this around today. Say “no” to somebody. Go waste time. Watch the sunset, do something that you really want to do. If you find that you can’t identify anything you want to do, it means you haven’t been paying attention to your needs for quite a while. Figure something out. Even if you aren’t sure if you will enjoy whatever you come up with, try it. You will be amazed at the difference it makes!