Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Why We Should Take Some Time Out (And Not Feel Guilty About It)



I think so many of us, myself included, often feel guilty about taking time out for ourselves. For me, it's almost like ten minutes just sat in front of the TV seems like a waste. Like I should be doing something more productive with my time. But, sometimes, a couple of hours, a day or even a week off is needed for us to fully recuperate and recharge our batteries...

Balancing work, a school placement and my blog is really getting on top of me at the moment. I'm at a weird point of my life at the moment where I randomly decided to change careers so am in the middle of applying to go back to uni next year, whilst working 3-4 days a week, volunteering 2 days a week and then trying to whack some blog posts out in the middle of it all. Oh, and attempting to revise Maths again for my professional skills tests that are edging closer and closer (let's not go there, shall we...)

I even kinda miss working 8-5 Monday to Friday because at least I had a set routine with 2 days off at the end of it to look forward to. But, enough moaning. This is (hopefully) only a temporary set up and I've only myself to blame thank for it! 

So, what I've been struggling with is actually taking some time out. Proper time out. Not sat in front of my laptop tearing my hair out over mental maths quizzes, writing my personal statement or replying to emails and writing blog posts. Because although blogging isn't my job - there are points where it does feel more like a job than a hobby, now. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I'm happy that I'm able to make a bit of money from it but, obviously, nothing comes for free with blogging (although some people would like to think it does.) A sponsored post or a gifted product isn't just handed to you because you have a blog URL. It's given to you in return for writing a post, taking photos, meeting a deadline etc etc. Don't get me wrong, though - blogging, on a whole, is still very much a hobby of mine. Infact, writing this post is already chilling me out and taking my mind off everything else as blogging is just seriously cathartic, for me.

But, basically, I want to start taking time out to just chill. And do nothing particularly productive. Watch Jeremy Kyle, read a book, go for a random walk, mooch around the shops, binge watch a series on Netflix. That kinda thing. 
I wouldn't want to do this all the time. Hell, no. Sometimes there are days when I absolutely don't want to sit around the house doing nothing because I want to be up and about ticking things off my to-do list, instead. But then there are days occasionally where I just feel run down, fed up and want my bed. And, that's totally okay. Because although I love to be kept busy and get shit done, sometimes I think we all need to remember that we are entitled to a bit of time off. And we definitely shouldn't feel guilty for it!

Do you ever feel guilty for doing nothing and taking time out?

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