Hello loves, I’m back and I missed writing sooo much! I’m really glad to be back on and writing again. It truly brings me joy. Unfortunately, as much we all may hate to admit it, sometimes we just need a break. A break from the kids, your spouse, work, activities, running errands, passions, etc, just a break from life! When you think about it, all of these activities add up and can be very stressful and overwhelming. As a chronic sufferer of high anxiety and panic attacks, I knew that my body needed a break and a chance to shut down and regroup. This blog is all about Balancing Brittany, but sometimes this girl becomes unbalanced like anyone else and needs to refocus and reprioritize things in life, to get back on track.
But, some may say, “How do you know when you need to take a hiatus from life?” Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but here are a few ways I realized that I needed to take a break from life and temporarily remove myself from some things.
Sadly, I was trying to do so many things at once that I started to neglect things that I shouldn’t. I felt I wasn’t spending enough time with my son, my man, and barely seeing my other loved ones like my mom, dad, and sister, and my friends. Household errands would sometimes become neglected because I was too focused on one activity that I was neglecting another. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough hours or time in a day to do everything (even though we try to). Money, materialistic things, and objects come any go, but family is forever. And, between work and my passions I just wasn’t spending enough time with the most important people in my life.
2. Late Nights, Early Mornings
When you’re so busy that you’re often working late at night in the office or at home, or cleaning and getting things done when the whole is sleeping, and waking up early to do it all over again, you may need a break. After I took a new management role, it caused me to work many late evenings at the office and even take my work home causing me stress and anxiety.
3. Constantly Irritable
No matter what it was, the smallest things were making irritable. Constantly hearing my name called at home by my son or spouse, the phone ringing or vibrating, close family and friends wondering why I haven’t responded to their texts or calls, emails from my team, my team just walking up to my desk when I’m in “busy” or “do not disturb”, when I left something I needed for dinner at the grocery store. I mean all of these things are annoying and can be frustrating at time,s, but I was more irritable than normal. That’s when I knew, I needed to take a break or I was going to end up on Oxygen’s “Snapped”.
4. My Passions Were No Longer Fun
Blogging, reading with my son at bedtime, watching movies, extracurricular activities I enjoy got to be a nuisance. I started to look at these things as chores, more than things I actually enjoyed doing. It was just one more things I needed to add to my list of to-do-things. I found I just didn’t have time to do what I actually wanted to do or enjoyed.
5. You Feel Like You’re About to Crack
When you feel so anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated, your crying all the time, angry, and stressed to the point where you feel like if something doesn’t let up soon you’re going to crack, then you need to take a hiatus from life. This isn’t healthy nor is beneficial for yourself or anyone else around you. And, this is where I was…..I thought I was literally going to crack.
By all means, I am not a perfect person nor do I pretend to be. It’s okay to feel like you’re going crack as long as you know that enough is enough. And, if you can’t see it, listen to your loved ones when they tell you to rest. Let them or someone else help you sometimes. We don’t all have to be superwoman or superman, all the time. Even they too have weaknesses. If you can get a break, take a break. If someone offers you help take it, if it can wait until tomorrow, let it wait, if you can delegate work, delegate it, but don’t get to almost the point of no return to take a hiatus. If you need to stop blogging for awhile, stop blogging (but please come back to us). It’s okay to take a breather. The people who love and care about you would rather have you take a break and regroup to get into a better and healthier state of mind than to continue to run yourself into the ground.
So, with all of that being said I am back, in better spirits, recharged, looking forward to spring (whenever it gets here in Pittsburgh), and looking forward to continue to blog for the remainder of the year, interacting with my readers, and posting some good content. I have truly missed this as it’s a passion that will never truly die. I will always love to read and write no matter what. Thank you for listening, thank you for not unfollowing me and sticking it out with me and being loyal readers. I truly appreciate you all and I will be be back soon!
Love always and blessings,