Monday, January 9, 2017

So, I Took A Blog Break....

and also a writing break. Does that sound strange for an author? For me, it came down to survival. After completing my last book, I was dealing with a broken wrist and numerous other challenges. All my energies were focused on getting well and regaining my strength.

Of course, I'm not suggesting the blog/writing break should last a year. That's not a break. It's a sabbatical. Most of the time, my mind is exploring different scenarios as I encounter everyday situations. You know, what if those two guys carrying a rug have a dead body wrapped inside of it? My brain needs a rest from all that mental activity.

I've always felt a little guilty about doing this, but a recent Book Marketing Buzz Blog post eased my mind. The simple act of taking a break during high-stress times like Christmas can rejuvenate you. It takes the pressure off. Rest is important for both the body and the mind.

This is my first Monday post since my blog break ended. I'm hunkering down and working on my blog and novel.  2017 - Let's get started on the New Year.

Writers and Readers:  How do you deal with stress overload? Do you have any tips on prevention?

Photo Credit:  SS


Karen Lange said...

Just coming off a break too, and nearly ready for another one. Lol Okay, not really. :) Doing a post later this month on the importance of taking a break. Seems many of us are talking about that lately. Have a good week!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Considering how many years we've both been blogging, I wouldn't be surprised if you did need another blog break. :)

I think too many of us have bought into the lie that "we can do it all." It's important to rest and re-charge.

God bless,

Jeanette Levellie said...

Good for you, Susan! We all need a break to rest on a regular basis. We are more productive that way.
When I'm walking in the spirit and not the flesh I handle stress by journaling, reading the Bible and Christian novels, watching old movies with my husband, and coloring--I love the new grown up coloring books!
Happy New year!!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

It sounds like you know how to relax! I looked at some coloring books and couldn't believe how detailed they are.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

God bless,