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?
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.
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….
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