Here’s what I learned.
This last week of May was such a rough week for me. I took almost a whole week off from writing. I decided to start this week fresh and continue my passion.
If you subscribed to my Substack, then you know what happened. I got extremely down about my writing and came to the conclusion of “What’s the point?”
I let my demons get the best of me. Getting back on Substack this week and writing my weekly Newsletter got me back into somewhat of a groove again.
My laptop was closed for almost a week, and that’s not like me at all. I was producing an article or post nearly every day on Medium.
What did I learn?
SELF CARE IS IMPORTANT
Sometimes self-care doesn’t involve doing anything, as I’ve said in previous articles. Taking care of yourself doesn’t always have to be productive.
Caring for yourself at the end of the day should be a top priority. I took the week off to dissolve my feelings and reset. It worked wonders. I still have that lingering doubt in my mind, but I’m pushing through.
VACATION IS NEEDED SOMETIMES
While we could always use a vacation, we can get stuck in a rut and the monotonous flow of daily life. Where all your days seem to flow together, and you wake up the next day to it being a month later. That’s called BURNOUT.
That’s when you know you need to take a vacation away from life. I didn’t exactly take a vacation; I still worked my 9 to 5. I just took time off from my passion.
YOU CAN’T BE PASSIONATE ALL THE TIME
I guess there are people out there who can be passionate about their job 24/7, like my mom, who’s a flight attendant. However, looking at it from a different perspective, she takes vacations between her regular work schedule.
My dad, one of the hardest workers I know, works in a factory full-time building tires and works as a motorcycle mechanic part-time. Even he takes a week’s vacation away from everything a couple of times a year.
There comes a time where you have to step away from your passion and, as I said above, “reset.” You will tire out. You will get tired of your passion at some point. Take a well deserved break and come back to it.
TAKING A BREAK MAKES YOU A BETTER HUMAN
It makes you a better person for yourself and others. When we’re bogged down with work and constantly busy, we’re not helping ourselves in the long run.
Sure we get weekends off, but is it enough? Not always. Taking a mental health break is always much needed. It gives you time to have an adventure and see things in a new light.
When things like boredom and writer’s block strike us, we push through. We always continue to persevere. Maybe sometimes we need to stop and take a break. Even the hardest of workers know when to take time off.
Do you keep pushing through and working yourself to the bone, or do you know when to take time off too?