Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Gulp! My blog is late getting posted today. I have to admit. . . I forgot. Clean forgot. I worked all weekend (after having been away and working all weekend for a number of weekends) and decided to take the day off yesterday and simply missed the rhythm of the week. *blush*
But taking a break is important, especially if you are a writer. If we don’t allow for a change in our lives our writing gets stale, we lose touch with our family and we risk burnout.
To some who work a day job that is less than fulfilling, writing may be your break. That’s when you can’t wait to get to your desk. That’s a good thing!
But sometimes those who are writing to deadline feel stressed and burned out. The best cure, of course, is a real break— a vacation, a trip to a museum or gardens or even a day of sailing, skiing or swimming. But that’s not always possible. Let’s think of some things you can do to take a break, even if you can’t take a real break from writing.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Take a tea break in the afternoon with all the rituals of tea making, Use your best tea and your prettiest tea cups. Drink it somewhere other than your office. (Coffee will do except there’s not as much fuss required.)
- Go for a ride. This has always one of my favorites to “get the cobwebs blown out of my brain.” We have favorite backroads we visit in fall for the fall color and other rides for spring wildflowers.
- Do something you love to do that is rote– that allows your hands to be busy but allows your mind to rest. I know many of my friends knit or do needlework. My husband loves to tinker with things– fixing broken stuff. I always took clay and sculpted. There is something freeing in doing a familiar creative task.
- Bake something or cook something. Of course, this suggestion needs to be used with caution because writing is already a sedentary job. When you add food to the mix. . . well, you know.
Now what are yours? Let’s collect some mini-break ideas in the comments. What do you suggest for a mini-vacay from writing? What would be your dream get-away if money, time and responsibilities were no problem?