Ocean diving, raft relaxing, berries from our garden, homemade pancakes, playing with Call it Spring‘s pretzel floatie, paddle boarding, rock pool exploring, puppy cuddles and suntanning. I was really looking forward to some complete relaxation on my mini vacay at the cabin and that’s exactly what I got – it couldn’t have been better. I feel so grateful that I had such great blog-sitters while I was gone so that I could really enjoy my trip fully (thanks Marta, Steph and Gabrielle…you ladies are amazing!).
I made a commitment to myself recently to really discover how I can make my work work for me, if that makes any sense at all. In other words, I got bogged down earlier this year by working a bit inefficiently and making more work for myself than was necessary. By taking a couple months recently to scale back and reflect on how I wanted to recalibrate, I really came to the realization that sometimes I just need to completely cease work full-stop. As a full-time blogger and full-time marketing/social media manager, it’s near-impossible to completely unplug, but after reading Lara Casey’s The Challenge (I highly recommend you download it now and get started on the challenge) as well as Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage, I feel now more than ever that taking these little mini vacays throughout the year are absolutely integral to my efficiency, happiness, health and passion when it comes to my work. I love my full-time job and am really moved by my employer’s cause so it’s not hard to tap into passion there, but I think it’s particularly important to keep the passion for the blog since that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be…my passion project.
Anyway, the past month or so I’ve felt so much happier with all elements of my life and work since I’ve integrated these more regular breaks. While I can’t really unplug for a full day, disconnecting even for the bulk of a day makes such a huge difference. It’s very counterintuitive to me since my natural tendency is to be a bit of a workaholic (i.e. my brain autowires to more work = more success), but not wearing myself down by taking on too much has absolutely and completely been one of the best shifts I’ve made in my life in recent months.
With that, I suggest you challenge yourself to take just a few hours this weekend to completely disconnect. Don’t check your Facebook, don’t Instagram anything and if possible, try to not even text anyone….just stow away your phone for a few hours, read a book, do a leisurely manicure or bake. Whatever helps you wind down and brings you to your happy place.
Are you good about taking regular breaks, and if so, how do you do it?