Hi, friends! I hope you had a fabulous long weekend. I know I did! Over the weekend, I took a much needed step back from work and social media in general. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s easier said than done. When I’m offline for more than a couple of hours at a time, I get a bit stressed out. Nonetheless, it’s so important to regularly take breaks. Instagram will continue to exist whether you’re there or not. People won’t unfollow you if they don’t see a new post for a couple of days. They also won’t be offended if you don’t ‘like’ or comment on a photo or two.
Read: the Internet won’t fall apart without you.
So, why the break? Well, for starters, it was a long weekend and I wanted to enjoy it! My boyfriend Matt was off for the long weekend and I spent most it with him, so it made sense to unplug. When you’re self-employed, you’re the one who decides when to stop working. Just because there’s always work to be done, doesn’t mean you should spend all of your time working. Balance in life is so important. There’s so much to enjoy outside of work and social media!
Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few bloggers and small business owners have been sharing their struggles with burnout. Even when you love what you do, burnout is inevitable if you don’t give yourself a chance to step away from work sometimes. It will help your productivity and mental health in the long run. First of all, you need to focus on taking care of yourself, whether this is exercising, taking time to spend time with friends and family, taking something like cbd gummies, or running a hot bath with a glass of wine after a stressful day. After you have focused on yourself then you can start thinking about how you can make life a little bit easier on yourself so that you don’t feel like you’re always running behind. This could mean giving yourself time to reflect on how you could relieve some of the pressures you put on yourself – you could hire a bookkeeper from any state to manage your finances, for example. Trust me. Everyone needs breaks.
In other news, earlier in the week, Matt and I spent some time exploring the Kensington Market neighbourhood. I haven’t been to that part of the city in ages! There’s so many interesting sights, sounds, people and cool restaurants to try. Normally, I’d wear jeans and a pair of flats to explore a new part of the city, but since Kensington has that cool, edgy vibe, I wanted to dress the part a little bit better. Somehow, that lead me to Adidas Superstars, skinny cargo pants and a dainty white blouse. I added one of my favourite black cardigans to complete the look. If you ask me, I think it all worked!