We live in a society that demands us to always be “on” all the time – on the go, on time, on the mark, and on-line. It’s go, go, go 24/7 with no breaks and no excuses. When we start to feel overwhelmed and burned out as a result, we feel like we’re weak, not good enough, or the dreaded Can’t Keep Up With Everyone Else. (The last one is my personal favorite.)
We can keep going, going, going – skipping the chance to take a break, take a vacation… take some time for ourselves. So we just keep going until we either mentally collapse or end up in the hospital under the weight of all the stress of “keeping up.” And even if those things don’t happen, chances are good that we will end up with stress-induced health illnesses that may not put us in the hospital right away, but will be chronic and can shorten our lifespan considerably. It can also lead to overeating, abusing substances, and all that other stuff that isn’t good in order to keep going.
As a society, we need to change how we think about taking a break. We shouldn’t feel like we’re losers when we need some down time and see it for what it is – a natural part of being human. Instead of feeling weak or bad about it, we should actually celebrate it because we are doing the right thing by taking care of ourselves first, which always benefits our work and the people around us in the long run.
Lately I’ve been feeling fatigued and stressed, not to mention my lower back is being a total jerk, which has slowed me down considerably when it comes to doing physical projects for the blog. Even trying to arrange decor will cause my sciatica to scream if I’m on my feet for more than a few minutes.
But, I kept going – or tried to keep going – but it just wasn’t working no matter how hard I tried. All I was doing was spinning my wheels and getting a lot of nothing done. And the whole time I was like “I gotta do this I can’t take a break I gotta get things done!!!”
And all the while, the weeds in our yard that need to be pulled keep getting taller, the house that needs to be cleaned keeps getting dirtier, and the not-for-the-blog projects that need to be done (like reorganizing) keep not getting done, which all adds to my fatigue, stress and general not being a big fan of my life right now.
And then it occurred to me – why? Why am I doing this to myself and pushing so hard when I don’t need to? Is the world going to end if I take a break from the blog? One of the biggest reasons I quit the corporate life in the first place and started working for myself is that I could take a break when I needed to. Yes, I might lose a few readers, but if you’ve been blogging a while like I have, you realize you’ll lose readers no matter what you do (or don’t do). Why should I push myself so hard for those few readers that might leave if I take a break?
So, I’m going to do what’s right for me and take a break – I’m thinking until after the 4th at least. That will give me plenty of time to recoup my back and get things caught up around here. It will also give me time to think about some changes and new directions I want to go with the blog. The changes won’t be major and I don’t have anything set in stone yet; they’re just ideas I’m kicking around to liven things up a bit around here.
Even though I won’t be blogging, I’ll still be “here” as far as answering emails and such, so don’t hesitate if you want to reach out to me. I’ll still be active on my social media as well (maybe even more so!) and share some of my favorite linkups from last week’s Farmhouse Friday.
Until next time, thank you so much for being a constant reader, and a happy and safe 4th Of July to all my readers in the US!