I’m not the best example of stress management or slowing things down to give myself some breathing room. This summer made me realize how I need to prioritize self-care, writing breaks, and preventing serious burnout. Back in September, right as I was coming out of the thickness of depression, I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn’t let those triggers drag me back down. The biggest one of those is work stress, which isn’t shocking if you’re freelancing and running your own game.
One of my favorite content creators wrote about taking every 7th week off for small scale sabbaticals. I decided to give it a shot and counted 7 weeks out. It happened to fall right in line with our elk hunting trip near Steamboat, AND IT WAS AWESOME. It was exactly what I needed to stay fresh with writing. I had already scheduled the next break 7 weeks out and was committed to doing this all through 2015.
So, I counted the next sabbatical out and took the next week-long break during Christmas week. I could really tell that this makes a huge difference in stress management and keeps me from hitting burnout.
The next break starts this week. I’m not exactly on vacation and going anywhere special, but I’m not writing. I’m sure I’ll spend a crapload of time on the trails, though!
I’ll be back in action with a blog posts on February 16th-29th, and some readers have said they’re working on some guest posts for Fresh Air Fort Collins. We’ll see if we can get any of those up this week.
Until then, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors!