Why Taking a Break Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do

This past weekend I took a trip to Barcelona to see some friends.

I had previously lived in the city for two years, so it was nice to go back and see some familiar faces. It was also nice to wander around the city and feel as though I had never left.

The sights and smells were the same, as they were when they left. This endearing quality is something that never ceases to amaze me when you return to somewhere after a long time away.

When I am in England, I am very work-focused. I spend most of my time either at my ‘real’ job, or I am working on my website.

I hardly ever stop, as I’m determined to become self-employed by the end of the year. That necessitates a lot of hard work on my part.

Since I had returned from Barcelona in July, I hadn’t taken a single holiday, or break from working.

While this had resulted in me making massive strides on my site, it left me feeling tired and drained at times.

There were days when I just wanted to stay in bed, and leave the site to run on autopilot.

Sometimes, a short break is all we need to recharge our batteries and rekindle our love for hard work.

A Break Will Do You Good

Before I went to Barcelona, I was debating wheher or not to take my laptop with me.

If I took itI would be able to do some work in the mornings and at night, while my friends were busy.

I could get a lot done in that time and make inroads into my to-do list. However, I decided against atking my laptop.

Taking it with me would have meant I still remained connected to my work. I wanted to be fuly separate from it for once in a while.

This was a scary thought, as I had a lot to do. I like checking up on my site daily to see how it’s doing. There is always something I can fiddle around with.

The idea of not being able to do this was unnerving at first. But then I remembered something.

I was going to Barcelona to take a break from work. To see my friends, to have some downtime, and simply enjoy myself and relax.

If I took my laptop with me, I would still be chained to my work. It would be with me the whole trip, even if I wasn’t on my laptop.

I would have thoughts in the back of my mind about rushing back to complete a piece of work I had forgot about. I probably would have been tempted to take it to the beach with me too.

By not taking any thing related with work on my trip, I had given myself a complete break from it.

I was set free.

Break Point

Although it was weird not having my laptop with me, it was also liberating.

For the first time in nine months, I didn’t have to consider my work when it came to enjoying myself.

I could spend a few days away with no distractions and relax. It was scary, but it was a good idea.

Before I took the break, I was starting to feel a bit drained from working my normal job and developing my site on the side.

It was nice to get away from everything and relax.

We value hard work highly and rightly so. You can’t achieve anything in life without grafting.

But, we are prone to bow down at the altar of hard work and sacrifice ourselves. While this work for a while, it’s not sustainable in the long run.

No one can work flat our forever. You have to take a break eventually.

Getting away from everything, and simply enjoying your surroundings and telaxing is a nice tonic to take every once in a while.

It resets your body and your mind, and helps you to see things clearer.

I feel like I have returned from my trip more focused and with more ideas than I did before I left.

Shaking yourself out of your routines is one of the best ways to speak your creativity, as your though pattern is disrupted by the break.

Not only are you recharged, but you’re infused with new ideas too. It’s a win-win situation!

We all need a break every once in a while.

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