It’s important to work hard.

It really is. If you want to reach your goals and be successful, it’s incredibly essential to devote a lot of time into working towards your dream. After all, Thomas Edison did say, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

However, this thinking can also be very damaging. The problem with emphasizing hard work as the critical success factor is that discourages any kind of rest or play. This results into industrious dreamers getting burnt out and discouraged, thinking that the only way to reach their goals is to work themselves to the bone. As of February 2017, 85% of employees in the U.S. feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy.  90% feel that they’re achieving less than they should.  73% feel that they are under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed.

If you were working hard to be successful__to be happy__and it seems like you’re starting to become unhappy, then aren’t you starting to miss the point?

Enter: Adult play.

Dr. Stuart Brown, Founder of the National Play Institute, explains that play helps us activate other parts of our brain and strengthens people’s relationships. Play, which Dr. Brown stresses is not just for children but for adults too, may be as simple as walking the dog, playing with kids, or knitting. However, it’s significant to note that a major point of play is to do something without purpose. Play should be an activity that makes you lose track of time and isn’t for any specific financial gain. The goal, if anything, is—to have fun.

It’s simple, people need breaks. In today’s work culture though, it can be hard to observe this. People are scared that anyone who works more hours will take the promotion or if they take too much time off, they’ll be the first to get laid off. We forget how much play and rest can refresh us. It can remind us of why we’re working so hard and can actually help us become more productive, more than if we worked non-stop.

Playing and resting are crucial for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In the end, having time for a break is critical to your success and happiness. Don’t feel guilty about spending time with your loved ones or finishing that craft project you’ve had since forever. It’s really the other way around—playing hard allows us to work hard.