While my last post was intended to motivate my fellow writers who were at a loss of energy due to the global pandemic, I also want to address the fact that sometimes it is good to rest.
I think there is a significant difference between recognizing when you need a push to accomplish your goals, and recognizing when you are worn out and simply need to step back for a break. This is what I want to think more about with you today.
We are used to the go-go-go. But for most of us, our lives have just been turned upside down. Because of this forced change of lifestyle, sometimes it is hard to match the same level of motivation we pushed ourselves to maintain only several months ago. Trust me, you are certainly not alone.
As writers with big dreams, it is important to know when to cut yourself some slack and focus on your health, and I hope I can assist in assuring you that it’s okay.
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Resting ≠ Quitting
Yes, writers are lucky in the sense that we can still write whether we are forced to stay home or not. However, when we are mentally exhausted from the chaos happening around us, some of us shouldn’t be adding to that by putting ourselves down about being off track with our aspirations.
One of my favorite quotes is “If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.” I’m not sure who originally put that one out in the universe, but I dig it. Just because you feel like you need a rest, it doesn’t mean that you’ve lost passion for your projects or you weren’t meant to fulfill your goals. I’ve been there plenty of times and trust me, we are meant to follow our passions!
If you feel like you need a break, allow yourself to do so. You’ll likely return to your projects with more passion and drive than ever if you do.
Maintaining Physical AND Mental Health
Besides taking the proper precautions to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19 as the CDC advises, maintaining your mental heath is just as important.
If you are looking for ways to boost your mental health at home, here are some activities I enjoy, especially since being at home more:
- Going for a walk
- Practicing yoga
- Talking on the phone with family/friends
- Video chatting with family/friends
Keep in mind to consult your doctor for the best methods for you, but these are some activities that work for me. I hope they can benefit you, too!
And while these activities may help boost your mood, sometimes that is just not enough. I am not a health professional by any means, but I wanted to share some helpful resources to consider when it comes to mental health. Be sure to consult your doctor for more information.
- Visit the National Institute of Mental Health for health topics, mental health help, and news articles
- If you or someone you know has contemplated suicide, be sure to call 1-800-273-8255 right away for immediate care. To learn more, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online. There is always someone ready to help you.
Be kind to yourself. Take a breather if you feel yourself breaking down. Ask for help if you need it.
Your writing isn’t going anywhere. Don’t let your mental health get away from you.
Until next time. Be well.