You don’t actually have to do these things 24/7 to be taken seriously. You don’t have to spend every spare second trying to prove to yourself or anyone else that you’re committed to doing that thing you’re trying to do.
It’s good to be driven. It’s good to be able to motivate yourself if that’s exactly what your pursuit requires, but it is good to take a break. And to take regular breaks.
It’s good to take time to breathe, to hang out, or just let your life ramble along at it’s own glorious pace. It’s good to let your mind take a break from your mental to-do list and to only do those things in front of you. Let the mental scurry go. Let that anxiety about whether or not you’re doing enough go.
Let the moments in front of you be what they are.
play a game, do one thing at a time, cook easy food (or more complicated if that’s your joy), read fiction (or whatever feels fun), absorb sunshine every time it’s available.
Rest up and then keep going.
But don’t forget to rest up.
Overachieving isn’t a prerequisite to anything except maybe your ivy-league college education. And I don’t know about you, but that just isn’t on my list anymore (was it ever?).
Be at ease. In your moments of rest, God has everything under control just like always. Striving doesn’t increase God’s care for you or prove your worth.
God’s got you.