Over the last few weeks, self care has gone out the window for me. I’ve been consumed with news. I have been knee deep in election stuff and and the fallout after. It was hard to come back to this space and pull out some inspiration. I just didn’t feel it. I know I wasn’t alone. A lot of people have been feeling tapped out. At this point though, I’m ready for the bounce back. I’m looking forward to the things I can do. How I can make a difference.

When it's time to take a break, look for a sign or three. by Camesha

Everyone I know has been up in arms. I think, collectively, we’re all tired. That exhaustion is leading to eyes being opened and people resolved to change. To be better. Do better. Find the light. To be a light.

What I mean by that is I’ll continue to shine a light of inspiration and positivity. That’s important to me. It’s a huge part of who I am. I don’t want to get to the point of not being who I am. I also plan to be light. Dropping those things that weigh me down is a part of that too. Be light.

When it's time to take a break, look for a sign or three. by CameshaAs I aim to reboot myself around here, I’m making things simple again. I’m going back to some things that I’ve let fall away. There’s something about a new day, new week that calls for a refresh. That could look like refreshing your routines or just your outlook in general. Every now and then we all need to hit the reset button though.

You’ll know it’s time for a break when:

You are turning into negative Nancy. No matter what the situation, there is no silver lining. You don’t see it and you’re not even bothered to look for it.

You avoid doing things that you actually like.

Your diet has fallen off so hard you don’t even remember the last time you ate right.

In my effort to get back on track, I’m stepping back a bit. There are some things I totally need to take a break from. Maybe you do too.

Social media – Obviously, right? There is so much information on Facebook + Twitter – good and bad. Some of it is totally unnecessary though. A lot of it these days is negative and even though it’s informative, it can make me angry.

News sites – I’ve been glued to NPR, CNN and the New York Times to name a few. All in the name of being informed. It can all get overwhelming though. Taking a breather won’t hurt at all.

Network news – When I’m not reading whatever I can get my hands on, I’ve been watching all the channels. Spending my time getting annoyed with panelists and absurd ideas isn’t serving me.

What will serve me is to spend more time focused on the good. That means even more adventures with my little family, self care, catching up with friends and enjoying life. I know these are better ways to spend my time and energy. I’ll ease my way back into bits and pieces of the crazy but getting sucked in again can’t be an option.

What about you? Do you need a break?


13 comments on “3 Signs It’s time For A Break”

  1. Camesha, I agree completely! I pulled away from watching TV (in general) so that I could focus on a few things that bring me joy — like blogging. I also pulled away from watching the news every day. Between all the hashtag movements and the election, I was emotionally depleted. I’m finding the balance now.

  2. Oh YES! I’m definitely in need of a break, a serious vacation even if I have to go by myself. Like you I’ve been overwhelmed with election stuff, the fallout and the transition. I’m hoping for a miracle on Dec. 19th. I need to stop taking care of others and take care of me.

  3. I definitely felt myself losing it a little recently, so I took a much needed break. I left my girls at hoe with my hubby and I went on a girls only trip to New Orleans. it was just what I needed to catch up with my friends and to help get me back on track.

  4. I’m trying to do better at not ignoring the signs. I see them and I usually just keep going. I have to force myself to stop and take a break. It feels good when I listen.

  5. I definitely need a break! Luckily I have some studying to do so I can’t be on social media or on blogs all the time. Those opinion pieces will have you all over the place.

  6. Weight gain is always an indicator for me very unfortunate because after losing my brother and then the holidays I may not get back on track until January

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