How To Stay Balanced & Take Breaks (With Tips From My Followers!)

I took an inadvertent break from blogging for pretty much all of February. I had wrist surgery thanks to carpal tunnel syndrome, so I had to minimize my time on the computer. It was honestly for the best –– I stay super busy for no reason at all, and it’s honestly a pride thing. I joke about it, but it’s seriously not a healthy habit. Taking breaks is something that I’ve always viewed as a weakness, and I need to stop before I seriously damage my health. Naturally, I turned to Instagram because my followers are some of the smartest people I know. Here’s what I asked them.  

Does anyone else have trouble slowing down? I don’t NEED to work around the clock, but I relish in staying busy, treating the bags under my eyes like badges of honor.

When I was hospitalized back in October, my doctor told me my anxiety level was partly due to my schedule once I began freelancing full-time. I wasn’t sleeping and didn’t take any days off. It was all fun until it literally caused a breakdown.

I’m trying to stop overdoing it for the sake of my physical and mental health, but I still have trouble taking time for myself. How do you find balance?

The answers that I got were SO helpful, and I’m sharing some of my favorites here in the hopes that you’ll find them valuable as well. 

The first and most important step is realizing and accepting that purple half moons under your eyes and working until collapse are not a badge of honor of a job well done. They’re a badge of failure- failure to take care of yourself, to put your own health first. It’s something I’ve been struggling with since graduating. Sleep deprived badges of honor are a thing in the costuming community too. I just have to keep reminding myself that sleeping so I can perform to my optimum level is more important.

I schedule time for relaxing! So it looks on paper like my schedule is constantly busy, but I’m actually doing pottery or I’m stretching or window shopping. My schedule is literally like 9 am: gym, 1030: shower, noon: class, 2 pm: pottery, 5 pm: dinner. So it’s a full schedule but I have some solid relaxing built in

Set a schedule when you sit at a desk and work and when you get up and stop working. I also found for my job, removing the notifications for work emails greatly reduced how often I continued to work later in the evening!

Lately I’m trying to change how I think about quiet time and a busy day. Instead of ‘wow today is so busy I don’t have time to spend with God’ I’m trying to think ‘wow I have so much to do I HAVE to spend time with God if I’m gonna get anything done.’

I hope this is helpful for you!! If you have any foolproof relaxation advice, feel free to share it in the comments! xo

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