Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I know Mondays are hard, but I believe that you are going to make it through.
If you’re feeling at all stressed on this Monday morning, then today’s Motivation Monday post is for you. Continue reading and let me know in the comments how you spend your breaks.
Here’s the thing, we all feel like we need to stay busy all the time. We all feel like we need to be doing something or being productive. Especially me. I thrive when I’m getting stuff done.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t all deserve a break every once in a while. Need it even. We are always focused on staying busy and getting things done that we don’t stop to think about the effect that it may have on our minds and bodies.
Human beings weren’t made to always be doing something. And that’s coming from the person who feels like she always has to be doing something.
During this quarantine, I’ve felt like crap most of the time. Crap about myself. Crap about how I’m spending this time. Crap about just everything.
But for starters, the world is in shambles right now. No one should be expected to be doing their best right now. Taking advantage of this time is not expected. Taking care of yourself and your health is what should be expected. (The fact that there are people out there that are expecting you to be doing better during this time is a topic for another day).
And another thing, I’ve spent the last 8 years trying to be busy. Since graduating high school, I’ve been trying to make it nearly on my own. I’ve been trying to balance getting a degree, working full time, figuring out what I want to do with my life, being a girlfriend, then a fiance, then a mom, then a wife. All while trying to keep my sanity.
As we speak, I run a blog and Instagram; I’m the mother of a 5 year old, who I am now homeschooling; I am currently out of work self quarantining so my son doesn’t have to go out during this pandemic; trying to figure out what I want to do with my life so I can find a new job; debating going back to school; and trying to find a way to get an almost immediate income so I don’t have to go back to work because that would just be even more added stress on me and my family.
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That’s a lot. I took a break from a few of those things, though, and it helped me so much.
It made me realize that I don’t want to go back to my current job. And the thing I enjoy doing is blogging and posting on Instagram. I would love to make a job out of this.
Blogging and writing like this has been a dream of mine for a long time. Honestly, probably since watching Charmed the first time. I always wanted to be like Piper, but when Phoebe because an advice columnist, I just dreamt about doing the same thing.
But that’s neither here nor there. The point is, taking a break and taking some time away from these things helped me to realize not only how important these things are to me, but gave me answers to some of the other things.
I know that this blog isn’t going to be racking in the money immediately, but it made me realize that I want to prioritize it in my life. I wasn’t enjoying doing it as much when I was just focusing on the book side of it. It was stressing me out more because I felt like I couldn’t let myself enjoy other things outside of books. So I changed up how I was doing thing to allow me to include those other things.
So, if you’re sitting there wondering why I’m just gabbing on about my life and my “struggles,” try to think about your life. What’s stressing you out? Are you not feeling stressed? Just know, you probably are.
Are you focusing too much on one thing and not allowing yourself to enjoy the other things in life like how I was focusing too much on reading?
Now I know that I’m extremely lucky in being able to take the kind of break that I did. Don’t think that you have to take a month long break from everything in your life. But take an hour each evening to just focus on you. Don’t worry about the problems at work. Don’t worry about all of the debt you have. Don’t worry about anything in your life. Take a bath, have a glass of wine or a beer, make a hot chocolate or some tea. Read a book, watch a TV show, listen to some music and just dance in your underwear. Do whatever you need to do to focus on yourself and not stress about the things in you life.
Take a Sunday to organize your life. Make Sunday your “break” day. That’s something I’m going to try doing. Yes, I’m writing this on a Sunday, but you know what I did all day today? Nothing. I watched Charmed and listened to an audiobook that I was thoroughly enjoying and wanted to finish. I didn’t finish it because I felt that I needed to.
Now it’s almost 9pm and I’m going to go to bed with my son. That’s what I call a good Sunday. The most “work” I did today was planning the posts that I wanted to do this week and write this. That’s it. I didn’t worry about finding a new job. I didn’t worry about money. That’s a Monday problem. I’ll worry about it on Monday.
But find some time for yourself to not worry about the stresses in your life and take a break. Who knows, it may even help you solve some of the problems you’re facing.
And that’s really it for this post. I know that it was a bit scatterbrained. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to handle these types of posts. Either way, I hope that this post helped you. If at all possible, take a break today. If you can, don’t worry about work or how much crap you have to get done this week. Just focus on relaxing and watching your favorite TV show or taking a bubble bath.
I hope you enjoyed this post and stick around for some more Motivation Monday posts along with my other ones. Tomorrow will be my weekly update where I will be talking about that book I finished.
Thank you all so much for joining me and I hope to see you soon. Enjoy your week and give yourself a break every once in a while. You’re not perfect and you don’t have to be, like I said in my last Motivation Monday.