I’d heard the idioms (and clichés), ‘recharge your batteries’, ‘take a break’, ‘you’ll feel refreshed and raring to go after a holiday’. Well the truth is, in the past I never have felt ‘raring’to go’ after a holiday. I’ve always just resented going back to work more after a few weeks relaxing in the sun, wishing that I could stay on holiday forever. That was before I started to write, I can’t believe how a few weeks R&R has given me back my writing mojo – I actually couldn’t wait to get back to write.
Going away sans laptop gave me a true break from work (and the humdrum of life). It was a welcome rather than ‘much needed’ break and as such I hadn’t anticipated how much it would rejuvenate my mind. Doing nothing for 2 weeks forced my brain into action and soon my creative juices were flowing! Luckily I was able to make plenty of notes and my keyboard has been on fire since my return.
My take away here is that, as writers I don’t think we always know how to spot when we need a break, sometimes we should just take one. Because our work isn’t physically draining our bodies don’t always tell us when it’s time to ‘down tools’, especially since we tend to run on coffee and well that’s pretty good stuff! So my advice here is to give yourselves a day off, go for a walk in the countryside or by the sea, experience the beauty of nature and turn off your electronic devices, even if it’s just for a few hours.
Blogs (mine) are fairly text heavy so I’ve included some photographs of my recent inspiration – hopefully they will inspire you too! Share your favourite ways to take a break and kick start your creativity in the comments section.
And yes, I am holding a selfie stick in the last pic #sorrynotsorry