22 February 2018

Time Out! - Why It's Okay to Take a Break

I'm baaaaack! Okay so I know I wasn't gone too long, but not only have I been mia on the blog for nearly two weeks, but I've only been very quiet on my socials too lately. Basically I've had a very stressful couple of weeks. 

I've been looking like an extra from The Walking Dead recently due to an attack of the flu which I still can't seem to shift. My internet connection has also pretty much been non existent, meaning when I was feeling better I couldn't even get on my blog to create any content! And to top all of that off, my Instagram account disappeared for a while, my skin had a crazy allergic reaction to something and then yesterday the floorboards in my bedroom caved in.. so yeah, stressful.


Buuuut, that all aside, I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things now. 

I'm one of those people who hate taking time off, which is ironic since I'm a huge procrastinator. I think this comes from the constant need to feel busy. So when I am ill for example, and have to take a break, I feel extremely guilty and anxious about not creating content. 


Seeing all your fave blogger babes posting amazing Insta snaps and writing some fab blog posts is frustrating when you physically can't. I've always believed consistency is the key when it comes to being an influencer. Posting often and engaging as much as possible build relationships and drives traffic to your socials. So these breaks are extremely stressful for me. I worry about falling off the radar almost. Which in the grand scheme of things sounds silly as it's only a couple of weeks, but that's how irrationally my brain works.

In turn, the stress and anxiety doesn't get me back to full health and just makes me worse, and needing more time off. So, why do I feel so guilty for taking time off? 


Probably because it's drilled into us from an early age that the idea of 'not working' is a bad thing. In school, if you weren't head down in a book, working at a million miles an hour you were labelled as lazy, disruptive and even 'not the brainiest'. When in reality, there's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break or taking things at a slower pace. It doesn't mean you're lazy, it means you recognise that you're not working to the best of your ability, and you need to clear your head.

One thing I can vouch for is that taking some time off, makes you more motivated than ever. You'll want to come back with a bang and blaze through your work. I've got so many exciting new ideas that I'm eager to get started on and bring to life. I'm more determined than ever to work my hardest this year.

Sometimes, a break is just what you need to get you back on track to success.

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17 comments

  1. I need to start taking a break more often, it is so easy to get wrapped up in everything, its hard to remember just to stop for a bit :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. I know exactly what you mean, when you're so used to being busy and then can't do much it is so frustrating! So glad to see you back at it!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

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  3. I think a break to recharge the batteries is always a good thing! Sorry to hear that you've had so much on your plate! xx

    Beautylymin| CharlotteTilburyBlush&BronzeGiveaway

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  4. I desperately need to do this more, I can't keep up, I'm getting stressed. It's been so hard xx

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  5. Life can get so manic sometimes we often feel guilty for taking some time to do nothing! It’s so important to take a break otherwise we’re not being our best self!
    Em x
    https://t.co/bBoutlNVDs

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  6. We all need to take a break from time to time hun, don't ever feel guilty for that! x

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  7. I think taking a break is so needed! I have been taking a bit of a social break recently without really even meaning to and I feel so good for it. don't feel bad about it!

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  8. Very honest and true post! It's actually hard work doing blogging as well as working, when I'm done at 5pm I wish I could be like 'ok time to watch Netflix' all afternoon but then I feel guilty if I'm not doing anything blog related! xx

    G

    http://www.teawithgi.com

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  9. Taking time out is sometimes the best thing that you can do, recharge your batteries! Hope you are feeling so much better! xox
    •emma • www.emmalanglands.co.uk •

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  10. I definitely think taking a break is sometimes needed, but I'm definitely one who feels guilty too. I loved reading this Terri xx

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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  11. I agree with you. A break is so important every now and then xxx

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  12. Taking a break is so important! It sounds like you have had an exhausting stressful time recently, I hope things are getting better now!

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  13. You can't pour from an empty cup is what I tell myself whenever I feel guilty about taking time out - I hope things are looking up now x

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  14. Glad you’re feeling better now.
    Sometimes a break is exactly what is needed.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  15. I need to take a break! In fairness, I've been stuck at home since Thursday because of the weather and need to get back for uni/work! It's been nice to chill out for a few days really! Especially us bloggers, we're all balancing jobs on top of blogging and having a life and many are in education too or have kids/a family! It's a lot of work!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  16. Oh my goodness, Terri, you really have had a busy and stressful couple of weeks! I hope things are starting to get back to normal now! I'm completely understand the stress of taking a break though as when I had my tonsils out a few weeks ago, I took almost an entire week off and I felt so guilty! It's definitely good to take time for yourself sometimes though and I felt all the better for it! xx
    www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

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  17. I think that taking a break once in a while is so important for our brains, whether its from one things or multiple. Every now and again I take breaks from my blog too, and whilst in the beginning I used to apologise, I learnt and taught myself that this is something I can choose to do, if I force myself, I'll end up disliking it and putting forced content that didn't have my heart and soul put into it. Feeling guilty is a normal emotion and feeling but I'm glad that you're back and you've spoken about recognising the importance!

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