Detaching From what you Love

The month of April was as busy I expected it to be. Two final papers for the two graduate courses I was enrolled in, both of my children’s birthdays, nearly weekly bowling tournaments for my son, and just regular life stuff. And then in the midst of all that, I had to two speaking engagements promoting within the same week!

Can you say stressed?

When it was all said and done, I was in need of a break. Break from writing. Break from posting. Break from thinking about writing. Break from thinking about posting–book related stuff, at least. I just needed to decompress.

However, I didn’t really know how. Writing and promoting my writing has become so infused into my daily life, I nearly didn’t know how to get through the day without pulling out my laptop or phone to write or create a post for social media.

But I knew the detachment was necessary for my mental well-being.

“But, you’re a writer. This is what you love. How can you be stressed doing something you love?” You may be asking.

Easy. When you do what you love, and you begin sharing it with others, it becomes work. No matter how much I may like what I’m writing, I still have to consider my readers in the process. I once read a quote that went something like, “When writers begin losing interest in their writing project, it’s because the real work of writing has begun.”

I still love creating stories and following my characters on their journeys or crafting my life experiences for readers to learn from or identify with. But when I’ve been doing it for a certain length of time, there comes of time to take a break.

It just so happens that when my graduate coursework was coming to an end, God created an opportunity for me to have a couple of weeks off work. I took that time to enjoy sleeping in, watching a couple of movies, and reading a great collection of stories from an author in one of writing group’s that I’m in.

I can’t believe that I went 10 days without opening my laptop. My mind said, “Thank you, sis. We needed that.”

Have you recently taken a mental break from something you love to do? Share in the comments.

Naturally Yours,

L.A.

5 thoughts on “Detaching From what you Love

      1. kegarland

        Girl. You know I take breaks all the time from everything (social media, my family, my friends, myself lol). It’s necessary.

  1. whoislilablacke

    I enjoyed reading this. I haven’t taken a long break, but I take short breaks all the time. I suffer from depression and anxiety, so sometimes I have to fall back from everything that is going on. I will cut out my phone for the entire weekend just to regroup.

    1. L.A. Jefferson

      I’m glad you enjoyed this. It’s also awesome that you’re able to detach from everything when you need for the sake of your mental health. I’m trying to get there. I’ve never taken a real social media break. The most I’ve done is turned off the notifications on my phone. However, I feel it coming. It’s been brought to my attention that I multitask too much. And not very well. So I may just start with holding conversations with people and not scrolling FB or checking email. 🙃 Thanks for following my blog!

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