Why it’s OK to take a break from life

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Hello, my name’s Emmi and I’m a workaholic. ‘Hi Emmi…’

When we live in this world of social media, constant documentation of our lives and updating stories or statuses it can be hard to switch off. When this is also your work life as well as your home life it’s a hell of a lot harder.

I’m guilty for working a 9 to 5 job that turns out to be a lot more than a 9 to 5 shift at times. Only to then come home and continue working, or blogging or editing. The list is endless.

Before I know it I’m still glued to my laptop or phone and it’s 11pm and I haven’t eaten dinner, let alone washed my hair or cleaned the house.

Being a workaholic and a perfectionist can be stressful. You get so worked up in your head that you have so much to do, that even when you do switch off you’ve still got a hamster wheel going round in your head.

After spending the past week feeling very ill; spending most nights in bed watching movies and staying away from my laptop and phone as much as possible, it made me realise just how important it is to switch off and give yourself a break.

We have 24 hours in a day. For me a minimum of 6 are usually spent sleeping, another 9 at work, 2 traveling, leaving me with just 7 hours to do everything else.

Now I could spend the majority of that doing extra work, blogging and editing and stressing over so many little things in life. Or I could have a nice meal with Paul, sit down and watch a good long film, have a bath and actually give myself a break.

Life is far too short to spend all het up and tense over things that can wait until the next day. 2018 shouldn’t be spent worrying over if I got a blog post out in time with my usual schedule, or if I’ve replied to every single email I’ve had that day.

When you get into a routine like I have done these past few months it can be easy to feel guilty when you take some time off. That you’re just wasting hours watching TV when you could be doing something productive.

But this is ridiculous. Nobody should ever feel guilty for having some time to themselves.

Despite being bedridden for most of last week it was one of the best week’s I’d had in ages.

My phone got put away as soon as I finished work. After scheduling a few things for The Growing Up Guide, my laptop also went away and I got to enjoy my evenings – well as much as you can when you have snot leaking from your nose, a blinding heartache and the constant urge to be sick.

Taking a break from it all also helped me get better a lot faster, but also to feel refreshed. I was able to come back this week feeling ready to write a blog post, do a tone of editing and reply to emails.

You might think that taking a break is a lazy thing to do, but the truth is it could be the best thing for you. Both for your health, physical and mental, but also for your creativity and motivation.

We’ve all been there when writer’s block kicks in. Or you lose all motivation to go to the gym or even pick up a book.

Taking a step back from what you’ve been forcing yourself to do everyday and have a breather can give you that extra push you need to get back into it.

I’m currently spending a week off work on holiday at the moment – alas I wish I was abroad but Cornwall is as good as it gets. But the location doesn’t matter.

What matters is that I’m taking time for myself this week. Whether that be getting my haircut, seeing friends or just going for a coffee somewhere new.

We’re all human not robots. We can’t just recharge overnight. Sometimes we need a few days or weeks.

So whatever it may be that’s getting you all stressed out, work, blogging, house work or a big event you’re planning for. Pencil in some time for yourself.

Heck book out a whole day where you’re going to do nothing. Stay in your PJ’s and binge Celebrity Big Brother, or sack off your plans and go out and have lunch at the cafe you’ve been wanting to go to for ages.

Whatever it is that helps you to feel refreshed do it. do it once a week or once a month.  Don’t spend every 24 hours feeling burnt out and bogged down.

Let me know in the comments how you like to destress and refresh your creativity. 

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9 Comments

  1. January 15, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I like to forget the outside world. Lock my front gate and get into the garden. I love planning new seed plantings, planting seeds and seedlings, repotting, etc, but not weeding (I hate weeding).

    • January 17, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      My Mum loves to garden when she’s stressed. For me there are too many creepy crawlies out there haha

  2. January 16, 2018 / 2:29 am

    My favourite way to de-stress is with a big iced tea and either some good reading or TV. If I get really lucky, there might also be a cat on my lap! Thanks for another great blog post and I hope you have an amazing holiday!

    • January 17, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      I can never read when I feel stressed because I get a headache but TV is a good shout. I do wish we had a cat or dog though to cuddle.

    • January 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you, I feel a lot better now. Me time is so important!

  3. January 22, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Great post🙂 Taking time for yourself is crucial to your overall health and well-being

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