Believe it or not, I haven’t written a blog post in about 3 months. I decided to take a break. I went through a period in the past where I wrote so much that I have been able to keep up with weekly uploads but in the simplest of terms: this shit is exhausting.
How can blogging be exhausting?
Well, first of all, I blog about my life, my thoughts, my lessons. That means that I am constantly evaluating every little detail of my experiences. This means that there are many occasions where I overthink situations, or in some cases think too far ahead. Eventually, this build up of self-criticism and scrutiny leads to unwanted pressure- all self-inflicted might I add- and the end result doesn’t leave me feeling like a better person which is the ultimate goal. Instead, I start to feel worthless, striving for the best seems hopeless and the advice I share here on Behind the Schmile..:) begins to feel useless.
Why didn’t I take a break straight away?
I was reluctant. I considered putting all of my scheduled posts on hold so that I could take a ‘proper’ break from the blogging world. Although I had posts lined up, many were quite rough and needed reviewing (thank you to everyone that picked up on my many typos during this period!). So despite not actively sitting down and creating new content, I was still blogging. I was still sharing and promoting and even brainstorming ideas, but the thought of having to write was daunting and so I avoided it. I didn’t want to turn this hobby that I loved into a chore.
Take a break
You may not be a blogger and so maybe you can’t relate. If this goes up the same week in which I write it which is extremely rare for me, you’ll probably be on the brink of finishing your exams and taking a break will seem automatic. But for some, if you’re anything like me, break doesn’t seem to be in our dictionary. We finish one thing, overcome one set of challenges and climb over a set of hurdles just to start again with something new.
I don’t like to claim that God has told me things, but during mid-week service, the word received was that we needed to rest. Then I watched a couple of vlogs and read a few blogs and everyone was telling me to rest. Finally, I read my daily devotional and the topic was indeed rest! So God, if it was you, I got it! and I’m sharing the message too!
Maybe you’re in between jobs, or maybe you’re in between holidays; whatever chapter it is you’ve recently closed, I urge you to take a break, even if it’s only an afternoon and just be.
Let your mind breathe.
Stop planning for the future.
Stop thinking about the past.
Just relax in the moment.
Take time out for yourself because ultimately no-one else can do this for you.
Look after your mind, body and soul.
Allow yourself to be refreshed and of course, remember to #Schmile!
Get some rest,
PS – As I write this I’m still undecided about how this break will continue- there may or may not be any new posts published for a while. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE if you haven’t already so that you know when I return and to make sure you never miss a post!!!
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