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When to Take a Break

Hey guys! I’ve been struggling with how to start this post, which is why I know it’s the one I need to write today. There comes an age when it becomes socially unacceptable to take a break. Our society has become obsessed with things happening in the blink of the eye, and then moving on to the next big thing. There is fast fashion, fast success, fast everything, causing us to quickly become overwhelmed.

So, when do we make the decision to step back and take a break? If we take a break from something we’re passionate about, does that mean we aren’t cut out for it? Does this mean we failed at our dreams? Perhaps it just means we put to much pressure on ourselves. What are the signs, that it’s time to take a break?

Taking Breaks

Struggles of needing a break

It can be really difficult to tell that you need a break, because society has a way of making you feel inferior for feeling rundown. (Even though it happens to literally everyone because we’re only human.) It can be especially hard if you’re needing a break from something that you’re passionate about. How can you need a break from something that you love so much? I’m sure that’s a question that’s run across all my fellow bloggers minds. It most certainly has run across mine. I’ve been feeling like I need a break, but then there is this guilt because of how much I love blogging and specifically my blog.

Blogging is a great outlet for so many people. It allows us to get our thoughts out, and also allows us to be creative. That being said, there is A LOT that goes into being a blogger. From writing posts, creating/taking images, editing posts to be SEO friendly, promoting our posts, being active on other social media platforms, reaching out to brands for sponsorships and so much more. It takes it toll on you, and honestly creativity isn’t this constant flow of great ideas. Sometimes, creativity can run completely and totally dry.

I can’t be the only one that feels guilt for needing a break from their blog. While it’s true that your readers will always be there, it almost feels like I’m self sabotaging myself. How can I expect my blog to grow if I’m not there promoting it and putting it out there? It’s a valid thought because, you can’t expect your blog to have these magical powers and grow if you aren’t putting work into it. However, the growth of your blog is not more important than your mental clarity. A lack in mental clarity will lead to a lack of clarity in your work, which can be just as “harmful” to the growth of your blog.

Signs You Need A Break

With so much going on in our heads, it’s important that we don’t overlook the signs of needing a break. Some of the most common and obvious signs, that it’s time to take a step back are

  • When what you love feels like a chore

Whether what you love doing is blogging or it’s baking, the moment it feels like a chore is when you need to take a step back. Obviously with blogging there are some more mundane sides of the business, like emails and fixing grammar. That’s not what I’m talking about. If writing posts and interacting with your audience feels like a chore and you’ve forgotten your “why”, it’s time to take a break.

  • When it’s causing you anxiety

We’ve spoken before about how mental health doesn’t discriminate, and that includes activities that you love. If the thought of doing this activity is sending you into a state of panic, you need to take a step back. For a lot of us, blogging is an escape from our poor mental health it should never add too it.

  • You’re doing mediocre work

No matter what field you are in, it’s important to always present your best work. As a blogger, your posts are the only impression people get of you. We don’t have the luxury of saying “today’s a bad day so this post isn’t going to be what it usually is.” Once your work is out there, the type of day you had is irrelevant. You owe it to yourself to not put out work that you aren’t proud of. That’s not to say you need to outshine yourself with every post, but not posting for a little while is better then posting work you aren’t proud of.

Break Signs

Does needing a break mean we failed?

The short answer here is, no. Needing a break doesn’t mean we failed. I think so much of our society is about if you aren’t automatically “successful” then you’ve failed. If you ever experience self-doubt then you’ve failed. Needing a break from blogging doesn’t mean that you’re not cut out for blogging. Nor does it mean that you can’t turn your blog into a business. All it means is that you simply need a break to sort out your mental health. To combat these fears of failing you can practice positive affirmations. Tell yourself that set backs don’t mean you failed.

The pressures of failing typically will cause a person to work themselves to burn-out. When we work ourselves to the ground, that’s when we fail. We lose the love we have for our business and are forced to close down shop because we have nothing left to give. If we allow ourselves some time away more people would have been able to make their dream a reality.

Being your own advocate

No one besides you can know when it’s time to take a break. Take time to become silent with yourself and ask yourself if you’d benefit from time away. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does what you love feel like a chore or cause you anxiety? I feel that taking breaks is something bloggers don’t usually speak about, when we really should. I’d love to continue this conversation down in the comments, so be sure to leave your though down below. Thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

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Simply Michelle

Hi! I’m Michelle, but you can call me Mich. I’m just your normal 24 year old trying to figure out life and thought I’d share some of my experiences and interests with the world. This blog will cover all things under the sun from makeup favorites to mental health to religion and everything serious or not so serious in between! I want us to build a little community filled with love and support so please leave me comments and hit that follow button on your way out. This blog has a very special place in my heart and feels like a important part of my path in life so I hope you stay a while and check out what it’s like to be Simply Michelle.

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21 Comments

  1. I love this post and I am such a victim of it, too. So many times in my life I have been SO passionate about something, worked myself to the bone on it because I believed successful people don’t take breaks and then completely fallen out of love with it consequently causing me to feel completely lost, frustrated, anxious and like a failure. I did it with singing a few years back and have only JUST gotten myself back into as I couldn’t seem to face it. Blogging is definitely a lot more work than people realise but I totally get the feeling of guilt you get for having a break because you feel like you’re sabotaging your brand. It is important to have a break to stay sane, though!
    Alice Xx

    1. i completely agree with all of this! i feel like one of the worst pains is feeling like a failure at something you love so much simply because you worked yourself to hard.

  2. This is such a well-written and spot on post, Mich! I think us bloggers work so hard, it’s inevitable we will need to take a break at some point. I usually post twice a week but last week I felt completely burned out so skipped a post, skipped promoting and just took some time out. It was definitely much needed and I’m feeling refreshed again. Like you say, we do so much and it can get very overwhelming at times. I often think I am never annoyed when anyone takes a break so why can’t I treat myself with the same understanding and just go easy on myself when I need one. Thanks for sharing lovely, such a great post! <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. oh my gosh i’m so glad you said that! i never get upset if i notice someone hasn’t posted in a little while, but more so I get excited when they do post again because it usually means they are feeling better. it’s funny how the one who should get the most respect (ourselves) gets the least amount. xx

  3. lucymarytaylor says:

    I loved reading this post! All blogger’s need to take a break once a while, it’s good to give yourself that little bit of time away and allow yourself to decompress! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. totally agree! sometimes even the things we love need to be out of sight out of mind

  4. I was someone who thought taking breaks from blogging was the worst thing in the world so for over a year i blogged non-stop and then when i got a job and over christmas i hit a slump and was so run down and exhausted that i ended up having an unexpected 2 month break and it did me wonders!

    1. i’m so glad that a break helped you! i’m really thinking that during march I need to take some time away, and if I do post it won’t be out of obligation it’ll be because i’m passionate about a topic

  5. This is such a great post. It’s so true! People are deemed weak or not cut out for it when you need a break. I have been quite good now at giving myself a break, however, I do feel guilty when I am not doing what I would usually do xxx

    1. I have felt so guilty about how long it’s taken me to get back to comments lately but I have to remind myself to take my own advice that I just wrote about and not be so hard on myself

      1. Yeah definitely. I can be guilty of taking days to reply to comments as sometimes life gets in the way

  6. I love this post. Blogging is a lot of work that can lead to burn out. I am so glad you addressed this subject. I believe everyone needs to take a little break once in a while to come back more focused.

    1. thanks so much deb! it’s amazing how much a little time away can help you

  7. I can definitely relate to this! I always work on things that I’m passionate about to a point that I become stressed out by it and burn out 😂. Society is way too fast sometimes. I know I need a break when I’m trying to write something and I just can’t find the motivation or the words aren’t coming. I usually find that a little thing like an hour of Netflix can be enough of a reset though! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. that’s so great that you’re able to reset so quickly. i totally get what you mean though sometimes my mind looks like a barren desert for ideas to write about lol!

  8. Great post. Thankfully I’ve not felt like I’ve NEEDED a break in a while. But when I do feel like it, I try and give myself “active blogging breaks” where I work on posts behind the scenes so to speak but don’t actively get involved or post anything new or even use social media as much. Usually when I need a break, it’s from social media and the pressures of that, rather than actually writing itself.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    1. yes i completely agree with that! the pressures of social media are so hard to deal with sometimes. I have been feeling like i need time to reset and just not be on social media but then that guilt comes in for not promoting my work. i’m going to try those active blogging breaks!

  9. This is a really important message- I really agree that to continue enjoying things you need to know when to step back if you find that it feels like a chore. You’re so right that blogging is a lot of work- much more than man people realise and needing a break from it is completely normal!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    1. so glad i’m in such a supportive community that understands the hardships of blogging! it’s easy to forget even as bloggers, how much work goes into making a post look and sound appealing

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  11. eviebraithwaite says:

    This is something I can completely resonate with. Although I don’t upload as often as some other bloggers, I decided to take a short break in February for all the reasons you gave above. I love writing, but with other issues going on in my life, it was just something else causing anxiety. It is so difficult to take a step back from it all though, especially with the omnipresence of social media! I think taking a break is so important every once in a while, loved this! X

    Evie x | http://www.eviejayne.co.uk

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