It’s okay to take a break if you need one

it's okay to take a break

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers announce that they’re going to take a break lately, whether it be from social media or blogging in general. Sometimes we need to take a break, too much of anything can be bad for us. There’s no shame in admitting that you need some time out.

Other people have said it and I’m going to say it too; Twitter has been buzzing with hostility for weeks now, maybe even months. It feels like there isn’t a day that goes by without someone creating drama or jumping in on someone else’s. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I want to see on my timeline.

As much as we like to think that the blogging community is a bed of roses it’s not always the case. Bloggers can be mean sometimes. Hostility and confrontation can be triggering for some people. Even if it isn’t triggering for you then I doubt it’s something you would welcome into your life. Maybe I’m wrong, I’m just making an assumption.

Not just as bloggers but as young people in general I find that we’re expected to be online. I had a friend in college who didn’t have a Facebook account and people thought that it was strange that she didn’t want one. If you choose to go against what’s considered the norm then it’s almost as if you need to explain yourself. Like you should have a good reason why.

Young people have been comparing themselves to others probably since time began but social media makes it so much easier. Especially on platforms like Facebook and Instagram where people generally choose to share the best bits of their lives. We sometimes forget that we don’t all share everything online. Life isn’t always as rosy as what it could appear just by browsing through someone’s Facebook or Instagram account.

Plus it’s a competitive environment. There’s so many opportunities flying around and wonderful brands to work with that it’s difficult not to get caught up in it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the bloggers who achieve great things. They have to work damn hard to get to where they are! But I can’t help but wish that one day I could have those opportunities, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.

If you’re feeling a little uninspired or like you’ve lost your blogging mojo then it could be important for you to take a break. I wrote about how a blogging break could be good for you and your blog a while ago. You might assume that it would be bad for your blog but that’s not always true. Anyway a break could be as little as a day or as long as you need, it’s up to you.

For me, I never wanted blogging to become a chore. I have enough chores without adding another to the mix. I wanted blogging to be a fun hobby for me to do in my spare time.

When I first started I used to post every other day or at the very least once a week. When times got tough for me towards the end of last year that schedule was simply impossible for me to stick to. At first I was stressed and upset about it. It was a horrible feeling, I desperately wanted to publish something but I just didn’t have the time. My hands were tied.

After a few weeks or months, I’m not sure exactly when I had the lightbulb moment, I realised that it’s just a blog. Of course, it’s something that I love to do and care a lot about but it’ll still be there when I have the time to write. Plus my readers will probably understand and be there for me when I choose to come back.

No one was pressuring me other than myself and there was no need for it. I just needed a little time out to get myself together so I could come back to my blog and make it bigger and better than ever. So hi guys, I’m back. For good this time I hope!

I see bloggers on Twitter and Snapchat talking about needing to do this or needing to do that. I suppose for some people, or for everyone to an extent, we need to discipline ourselves otherwise nothing would get done. But there’s a very thin line between self-discipline and unnecessary pressure. Trust me, I’ve been there!

My blog is very small but I pack it full of love and hard work. I just wish I had more time to dedicate to my little corner of the internet. At the end of the day, you don’t get anywhere in the blogosphere without working for it. But that doesn’t mean that you put your blog above your health, be it mental or physical or even both.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you need to take a break from blogging or social media or anything then take a break. You can always sign back in to your social media accounts or start your blog up again. Plus if your readers really care then they’ll welcome you back with open arms. Don’t worry! There’s more to life.

Leave me a comment and let me know whether you’ve ever felt the need to take a break from something. It doesn’t have to be blogging related! Also (if you feel comfortable sharing) I’d love to know why.

Image from Creative Convex

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  • Reply
    April 1, 2017 at 6:42 am

    <3 :') such a lovely post and it really makes me comfortable for taking a break, for me blogging is a fun hobby too but rn I need to focus on my studies! Wish me luck x

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      Sophie Wright
      April 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Good luck Shazeda! Do what’s best for you x

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    April 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Really great post! I know what you mean about wishing you could get similar experiences to other bloggers. I’ve had a few brands approach me but they’ve all expected me to work for free and while I wouldn’t necessarily mind because I have a full time job, out of respect to people who do this full time, I have pushed the issue and haven’t heard back from them. It’s disheartening.

    Also I’ve taken months away from blogging at a time. My work is demanding and my mental health has to come first. I think you’ve summed up all the issues surrounding the blogging community and triggers etc really well. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

    V <3

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      Sophie Wright
      May 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you Vicky, I’m so happy you understand. My blog is important to me and I’m sure it is to you too but, like you say, mental health comes first. Without that then everything falls apart so it’s critical that we stay on top of it and take care of ourselves. Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it! x

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    Sarah Athow-Frost
    May 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Sophie, you are so right about this! At the end of the day, most of us are doing this blogging thing for fun- and that is what social media is supposed to be as well. We need to remember this some times as it can all get too much. It can be quite a pressured environment and I for one am glad I grew up before it was big thing. It must be so hard to be young these days. Be kind to yourself x

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      Sophie Wright
      May 8, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you Sarah! You’re right, we should all just have a bit of fun and chill out. Thanks for reading x

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    May 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I think taking a break from anything can be healthy especially things like social media, I take a break from things like that when I go on holiday x

    S x

    • Reply
      Sophie Wright
      May 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Usually when I’m on holiday I want to share pretty pictures and let people know what I’m up to but it’s a great idea to take a break while you’re away! I might give it a go next time I’m away from home for a little while x

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    August 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for writing this.. I took a huge chunk of time out from blogging and sometimes it’s just what you need to do for all kinds of reasons. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things but it’s tough. Also.. I don’t have a Facebook either and I never will. I’m not huge into social media and I find a lot of it a huge invasion of privacy (oh the irony considering I’m a blogger too) but I pick and choose what I want to share.

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      Sophie Wright
      September 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      I respect you massively for that! So many people feel like they need to share everything online. In some ways bloggers are worse as a lot of the time they feel like they need to be on every social media platform there is. You can still be a blogger and be selective about what you share and it sounds to me like you’ve got that mastered.

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