Do You Know When to Stop?

One of the hardest things in life is knowing when to stop. When do you stop buying stuff? Stop working? Stop worrying about something?

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with figuring out when to stop. For me it’s been trying to determine when to stop and clear my head, whether it’s worry over something, or whether it’s taking a break from work.

Too Much Work

It seems strange to say that you are working too much. However, there comes a point when the work you are doing is no longer of a quality that you are happy with. This has happened to me in the past.

In fact, just today, I kept trying to force myself to work, even though I was struggling. I just thought I had┬áto get certain things done. But I had writer’s block and it wasn’t working.

Finally, rather than trying to force myself, I stopped. I took a break. I relaxed a little and watched some TV with my son. Just taking that break helped me get back into a working mood. I was much more productive after my break.

Being able to stop working, and knowing when to stop so that you can actually live your life, is important. If you get weighed down and burned out, you will be less productive — and what you do end up producing might not of the highest quality.

Make it a point to know when to stop working. Even if you have to return to the project after taking a short break, a stop can be helpful, especially in the long run. Know when you are just persisting for the sake of persisting, and stop at that point. You can tackle it fresh a little later.

Stop Worrying

This can be even harder. There are times when I worry over small things that I can do nothing about. So why worry? It doesn’t do any good, and it makes for a stressful situation.

I find it a little easier to stop worrying when I focus on one or two small things I can change. I recently felt stymied in my attempts at moving forward with a few projects of interest. There were things I couldn’t change, and I felt out of control and worried. On the advice of a wise friend, I started focusing on small changes I could make in order to focus on things I could change.

Rather than worrying about my difficulties, I began taking action. It’s much easier to stop worrying when you have something to replace those worries. A purpose can go a long way toward helping you learn to stop worrying.

No matter what you are having trouble with — whether it’s eating, spending, worrying, or working — it’s important to examine your situation and come up with a plan for stopping. And the beauty of it is that you don’t have to stop completely and forever. Sometimes all you need to do is stop for a small period of time. A little break can go a long way toward helping you find equilibrium.

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.