Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
When was the last time you had a break? A sabbatical? A holiday? A vacation? A trip? (Insert other phrase the author forgot.)
I take a sabbatical (because I like that term best, unless I'm actually going somewhere, which is for me a holiday) at least a few times a year, and from different things. Sometimes it's blogging, sometimes it's writing, sometimes it's the internet; it's usually something I work with regularly, am constantly surrounded by. It's easy to get burnt out on something, even something you love...and it's also very easy to not notice the signs, or to ignore them, and not take heed.
Every yoga class I have been to (and many doctors, too) urges us to "listen to your body", and I think that's quite sound advice. It's easy to get burnt out on just about anything -- a job, a restaurant, a certain type of food, a book series, too many baseball games, too much chocolate (though this is a difficult task, I will admit)...but how often do we listen to our bodies when they tell us we need a break? And I don't only mean the outward, physical body, but the mind, too.
Through years of living with myself, I have learned to easily tell when I am getting tired of something, when I am close to being burned out. It's often something mental, because most of the work I do is mentally focused, but it can be physical, as well -- too much working out, too much food, things like that. Sometimes, I have to push off my sabbatical for a week or two, but I try to make sure I always take a break when I need it.
I recently learned CPR, and they say that after 2 minutes, if someone is available who also knows CPR, you should switch out with them, even if you're not feeling tired, to ensure that you give the best CPR you can -- and why is life any different?
If we overwork ourselves and ignore when our bodies are trying to tell us that we need a break, one thing will happen: we won't produce the best work, or the best life, that we can. It may seem okay at first, but sometimes we are tired without even realizing it, and eventually that will leak in and become noticeable, or it will be noticeable to someone else right off the bat.
Isn't doing your best worth taking a little time off, if need be?
Now I'm not saying that we should become bums and not work at all. Nor am I saying that everyone's "time off" is going to look the same. You know your limitations. You may simply need an hour, a few minutes, a day...or you may need a few weeks, a few months, a year. Not everyone is in the position to take off for a year or a few months, but we can all work a few minutes in, and probably a few hours, by giving up something we need a break from -- so we can come back and be even better.
I myself will be taking a break from the blog for at least a few weeks. I have been struggling to find things to write about here, and I know that that means I need a break. I'm going to take this time to focus on my rewrite, on some other side projects, and on my health. I look forward to coming back refreshed and ready to share some more.
If you need a break, take it; it isn't a waste of time. Potential is the thing that will be wasted if you soldier on when you should be stopping to breathe.