Give Yourself A Break

If you are a regular reader of Pub Crawl, my guess is that you are very busy person. Our readers span from full time authors, to authors maintaining day jobs, publishing industry professionals, writers at the start of their career and more. No matter which group you fall under, one thing is clear. We all have a lot on our daily, weekly, monthly, and lifelong to-do lists.

I’m here today to remind all of our readers that every now and then you need to take a break and spend some time simply relaxing.

I recently took an eight day vacation with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. I was out of the office for an entire week and didn’t check my work e-mail until the 7th day. My phone was off the entire trip. It was pretty magical.

My subway ride to and from work every day is when I do the majority of my submission reading. Before I wrote this post on Monday night, I got home and edited for another hour before I let myself catch up on this season of Food Network Star. (I don’t even have the Food Network! Cooking shows are my ultimate chill-out reward.)

When I was on my vacation, I spent a lot of time at the beach, but I also had the chance to read some books outside of my specific area that I edit and acquire. I was finally able to read Daryl Gregory’s latest science fiction novel, AFTERPARTY. I don’t have any science fiction on my list at the moment, so this was a nice break from the YA and all of the wonderful horror I’ve been editing recently. I also read FROM SCRATCH: INSIDE THE FOOD NETWORK, a great non-fiction book about the formation of the Food Network. (Yes, the Food Network is an important aspect of my life.)

In addition to reading some awesome books, I finally started watching Band of Brothers. Now that I’m home, I’m not sure when I’ll finish it, but it was a nice addition to my vacation relaxation time, even if it could get intense at times. And like many people the second weekend of June, I started the second season of Orange is the New Black.

And to be honest, I caught up on a lot of sleep.

When I came back to work last week, I was refreshed and excited to get back to work on my list and had a renewed sense of energy. I know not everyone can take a week off of work, but I do believe that finding those quiet moments each week to have for yourself, not related to your work, is important to keeping your creative endeavors fresh. I have a regular Saturday morning routine that is all about giving me some time for myself. It involves watching a lot of Chopped. (I promise, I am not a paid Food Network shill. I just love competitive cooking shows.)

We all spend so much time devoted to our careers that it’s important to find time for ourselves, as well.

What are some of the ways you give yourself a break? 


6 Responses to Give Yourself A Break

  1. Leandra Jun 17 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Glad you had a great time on vacation! My hubby and I like to veg out in front of the TV on the weekends, after the kidlet’s in bed. There’s usually some new movie out that we didn’t get a chance to see in theaters. =)

    • thejordache Jun 17 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks! My couch gets a lot of use on the weekends. If I’m not reading, I’m definitely catching up on TV shows and movies I’ve missed.

  2. Terry Walsh Jun 17 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Dogs are a great way to get a break every day. My flat-coated retrievers, Berry and Indy, often nap at my feet while I write. But they also jump up now and then with the message that break-time has arrived. Their break-time is perforce mine, too.
    They have ways of refreshing my emotions. Do you want to see joy made tangible? Watch a dog rolling in the grass, wriggling on its back, tongue hanging out, eyes unfocused. I never interrupt, just watch and say “Ah, joy!”
    The dogs are not always gifts. Indy is afraid of thunder, even very distant thunder. He is incredibly demanding, pesty and needy at those times. No writing happens when a 90-pound dog tries to be a lap dog. It’s rewarding in the end that he has such tangible needs. It’s the flip side of having teenagers.
    Berry has in incredibly penetrating bark. She often engages in the local dog telegraph. I keep waiting for her to say “Seven spotted puddles.” Sometimes I need to step out of myself to understand what she’s yelling about. That can be ill timed. Refreshing, too, with a little acceptance. At this very moment she wants y’all to know that it’s HER time now.
    So, one way to get at least a short break several times a day: dogs.

    • thejordache Jun 17 2014 at 9:47 am #

      Oh, how I wish I could have a dog.

  3. Alexa S. Jun 17 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    Your vacation sounds like it was a lot of fun! I do like taking breaks and “unplugging” from the world of blogging/digital life, which I’m heavily involved in for work and for play. I did that this last weekend with my best friend. We basically just ate a lot of junk food, watched a lot of movies and really just hung out together – which is the first time we’ve been able to do that for a long time. I do think your post is important, as it’s a great reminder for all of us out there to not forget to take some time to relax and recover!

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