take a breakI am guilty of over-working myself. Sometimes I just don’t know when to put the pen down, push back from the computer, and let my hair down. My brain is always on the go and I’ve even been known to be scared that it will stop working if I don’t keep it going (I’m kidding, but I’m so serious). Over my working life span, I’ve had a few vacations, both mini and lengthy, but in general, I’m at work all the time or on my computer at home working on my next writing idea. This past weekend I took a mini-vacation with my daughter for the summer. I called it my birthday celebration and her summer vacation tied into one weekend. I was so glad to have been able to show her some new things, let my hair down, and just get away from the hustle and bustle of my every day life.

A couple of day ago was my first day back to work since the vacation and while I dreaded the return to work, I appreciated the fact that I felt more refreshed to take on my daily tasks head first. It dawned on me that I need to take breaks more frequently. Maybe not every weekend, like I wish I could, but I definitely owe it to myself to break away from my norm periodically. Even if my norm is following my passion, it’s important to find moments to release and regroup. Without the breaks, its easy to find myself overwhelmed with work, thoughts, ideas, and activities. I can’t ALWAYS be on my grind.

I just wanted to use today’s post to encourage you to take breaks in life. Shut down the computer, walk away from your desks, close your eyes on your passion(s). Find a playground for you to release your norms. It’s important and makes for a healthier you. When you return from your break, you’ll be more prepared and focused. Start thinking about the next opportunity for a break and look forward to it!