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Hello lovelies! Frosty Kitten here.
Whether it’s fitness, school, work, or just life in general, we are often made to believe that taking a break every now and then will only stall your progress. Breaks are bad! Don’t take breaks—breaks mean you’re not doing anything!! Oh god! You’re not BUSY? Then clearly you are lazy and useless. Bad! BAD!
Okay. Deep breath. One… two… three… and repeat after me “I am a hardworking, asskicking, awesome human being that has EARNED this break.” Yes, that’s right. It’s not the end of the world if you take five for a breather. In fact, taking a break is often very beneficial for you, yet for some reason we’re all about that glorifying “busy” all the time. It almost seems like one of the staples of modern “first world” life nowadays—if you’re not busy, you’re a slob. A slack. Useless. Worthless.
Don’t worry, you’re still awesome. Sure, don’t make breaks an excuse to actually be lazy, but, please, do take a break when everything feels like too much. It’s really important that your brain and soul get some r&r. You know what happens when you don’t take breaks? You underperform, and the worse you do, the harsher and meaner you become towards yourself. You’ll end up thinking that maybe you’re just not good at doing X anymore. You’ll think surely a break is not the answer because that would mean not doing anything towards becoming better at doing X which you clearly aren’t doing well in anymore. Don’t worry. You’re still good at doing X, but your brain, soul, and body need a breather!
I remember one time when I was seeing amazing daily progress with my 5k training. It was amazing! I felt unstoppable! Then, one day, I couldn’t hit the time mark anymore. Not even by half. Huffing and puffing all the way just to see I had only run for five minutes instead of my usual twenty. Bye bye confidence!
I spent a long time trying to fix it by running more and sticking to the schedule better and maybe some more leg training in my days “off” (which, by the way, were never actual days off) would help. You know what that achieved? I couldn’t run for more than three minutes at a time now. If it wasn’t my heart giving up or my lungs, then it was my legs or my shoulders would start aching. Everything was just going wrong! It was horrible because I was a couple weeks of training away from participating in my first 5k race. I lost heart and stopped running.
A week went by without me running. Then it was two weeks. Then I gave up on finding a race to fit my schedule. And just like that three months of training down the drain and out the window. I wish I could tell you this great story of redemption where I got off my bum and ran my heart out and kicked the 5k’s butt! But… the truth is that the next time I went running, while I did a very good job now that my body had time to rest, I didn’t really have it in me to go through that heartache again. I still haven’t run a 5k race, but I did hit five kilometers distance in a few of my morning runs, and now, when I do run, I usually run around four kilometers instead of my usual two.
I know you all work hard every day. Sometimes even just getting out of bed is a battle. Sometimes finding time for breaks is difficult, but there’s a reason why places like Canada have a bunch of random holiday days off like Family Day, and there’s a good reason why yoga sessions end in Savasana: breaks are really, really important.
I hope you all had a restful weekend, and if you’re like me right now and the weekend wasn’t enough, make some time today to take a breather. The world won’t end if you do, I promise!
Let me know in the comments below what you like to do when you’re taking a break from the world!
‘til next time… Stay Frosty!
ILY the Frosty Kitten
Hello, My name is SpaceMonkey(Jerry) and I am in love with words. I love the way that words can be written, spoken, sung. I am obsessed with the English Language, most especially as it relates to the written word. I love poems, short stories, children’s stories, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, General Fiction, Non-Fiction; I even like to read the instructions on every single bottle, package, or paper I come across.
I wanted to spend this first couple blog post talking with you about something that is very important for writing and that is: Writing Habits. There are lots of different ways to write, but all of them benefit from developing certain habits that will help you achieve all that you strive for in writing. There are also a few very bad habits we should all try and avoid; I will talk about four good ones in this post and my next post will be about four Bad Writing Habits.
Good Writing Habits that I have found helpful:
1. Write and/or read something every day. This is probably the most important one. Writing is a learned skill, like riding a bicycle or hitting a baseball. Regardless of where you start, nearly everyone can learn how to write and the best way to learn is by reading and writing a lot. Reading improves your vocabulary, word comprehension, and gives you a good feel for the way that words are strung together in various mediums. Writing gives you practical experience with words and will push you to new heights, the more you write the better you get at it. It does not have to be “professional writing”. You can do a daily journal, keep a dream journal, maintain a blog, or even just collect quotes and bits of writing that speak to you. There are many other ways too; I’ve listed just a few.
2. If you don’t write it down, it never happened. This habit is almost as important as number one. We have all had that experience of going about our day and suddenly being struck by an amazing idea only to have it vanish later in the day back to whatever rabbit hole it popped out of. Writing down your ideas as soon as you can after you have them will help you retain them for later expansion. It might be a cool new plot twist for your novel, a perfect turn of phrase to begin or end a poem, or even a brand new philosophy that people the world over will embrace. If you don’t write it down, it never happened.
3. Keep a writing space. This one sometimes goes unnoticed and I am not sure if it is universal or not but I have found it very helpful. Basically, you want a space where you feel comfortable and secure to write. Some people like to write in coffee shops, creating universes in their minds amidst the hustle and bustle of Modern Society. Other people prefer the private sanctuary of a quite writing space. What you decide is not important, all that is important that you have a space where you can be productive and get things done when you are in your writing time.
4. Think about descriptions in everyday life. Especially if you plan on writing a lot of poetry or fiction. The next time you are out and about somewhere, just start picking random objects and think about the way that you would describe them if they were in a poem or story. Remember that we have five senses, so don’t limit your descriptions to only what they look like. Practicing this is the same as practicing writing. It flexes a muscle in your brain that you will use regularly in writing and the more you practice, the more you will grow this ability.
Thank you for reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed it and I would like to close with some questions for discussion:
Do you practice any of the writing habits mentioned in this blog? If so please share a little bit about it for other people.
What are some other good writing habits you have that you think would be helpful to other people?