Spoiler Alert: I love working! I have been running my blog for about 2 and a half years now. I started right after my HSC exams when I was just 17. Before that I had been working as an intern for about a year. My point is that I’ve always enjoyed working ever since I was mature enough to know what that entails because it kept me busy and gave me a sense of calm.
However, in the past couple of months, I got trapped in this boring routine of either being in bed tired or working on some content. If a brand got in touch with me, I would plan the content around it but I had no motivation to create any content of my own. Staying at home in bed became increasingly frustrating because as a person I am very restless . Not having that motivation and a place to be somewhere other than work irritated me and made me short tempered. So, I tried going out on jogs, joining a few classes and a lot of different things (everything google suggested) but, if my friends didn’t accompany me, I wouldn’t go.
About 2 months ago, I thought enough was enough and that I needed to just do something I liked. It didn’t have to be super productive but it had to be something I liked that could make me happy and give me something to look forward to even without my friends!
A lifelong hobby of mine has been dancing. I loved dancing when I was little and I don’t remember why I stopped. So, I decided that the time had come to act on this. Soon, I took a dance class trial where I just sat down and saw the classes go on. Just the vibe of that place made me really happy and I knew I had to be there. Out of habit, I asked a few friends to join me but nothing worked out so, I decided to go alone and now I’m super glad that I did!
This little change in my schedule has really lifted my mood. Specifically because my work involves A LOT of using my phone but, obviously when I am dancing it is about a good two hours without my phone and not thinking about anything else. And so it hit me that this everyday routine and constantly being on my phone had started to captivate my mind and sort of bind my creativity in a way. I needed this cleanse and this little break a few times in a month to feel inspired and let myself go. A time where I’m thinking of nothing else and sort of meditating in my own little fun way!
It has only been two months so far and I am already feeling the calm. Now I have the urge to create my own fashion content for my Instagram that I had been procrastinating about for the longest time. You guys in fact, are loving it as well so it makes me even happier.
To give you a little more insight, HERE is a little snippet from one of the routines I learned. I am clearly not the best and forgetting steps too but, I am fine with it. I am just happy to learn.
So, I think all I am trying to say from this little story is that, it is really helpful and necessary to take a break from your monotonous routine once in a while and to have that one safe space where you can be comfortable being yourself. A place where you can be by yourself. It could be something as simple as drawing or listening to music because it is important to calm yourself and just clear your head to really feel inspired. It doesn’t even have to be an hour of your time. If you’re busy working, it could be just 20 minutes once a day or a few times in a week to go somewhere, take a walk or sit in a cafe somewhere by yourself, reading a book. But what is really important is to find that space for yourself if you haven’t already. It’s okay to give yourself a little break once in a while.