Take a Break Even When You Are Passionate about Your Work

Or your passion will soon become an obsession

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When we are passionate about the work we do, we often don't feel the need to take a break to get the mind together.

We put the mind under a lot of mental exhaustion in the name of passion for our work. We love what we do, so we keep doing it until we are burnt out.

I love writing and I want to write every chance I get. Because when you love doing something, you don't get tired from doing it, right? Wrong. You get fatigued.

I get fatigued when I don't take a step back from writing, and I know this whenever I start to have doubts about writing. When I start to think what's the point?

I take that as a sign it's time for a break. I have to close my laptop and get up to do something else or those doubts will get bigger and bigger.

When you are passionate about something, you have strong feelings about it. You want to keep working. You have to get it done.

It's fun and you just want to keep going but you need breaks even from the things you are passionate about.

Once you are passionate about something and it's all you can think about, it becomes an obsession and obsession is the unhealthy version of passion.

When you do not schedule breaks from your passion it turns into an obsession.

I've been writing for 7 days straight while my daughter was away with her father. On the 5th day, I began feeling tired of it, but I don't stop because I am passionate.

On the 6th day, I'm starting to think this is pointless but no I have to finish this article if I want enough articles to be ready to go when dear daughter returns.

By the 7th day, I've had enough, and Im starting to doubt if I can do this for the rest of my life. I’m burnt out.

I am constantly writing and I need a break. That's all. Yes, I can do this for the rest of my life. I’m passionate about it. All that’s missing is a break to get my mind right.

Breaks are important for the wellbeing of everything. Whatever it is you are currently working on, you will have more fun and do it better if you schedule breaks.

When you are passionate about something, doing more of it seems like the best thing to do. This goes for work, relationships, and anything else.

When you take a break from something, you return with fresh eyes and a new perspective.

When you focus on doing something for far too long without taking a break, you become less effective at doing it.

Stepping away from the work you are passionate about for well-deserved break conditions you to recognize and remember the parts of your job you like so much.

Breaks increases your performance at anything. When I step back from writing and return, I find my mind is at ease and words flow easily.

Your body gives you a signal when it needs a break — you feel tired, irritable, or hungry. Many of us ignore these signs and keep working because we are passionate.

Your body gives you these signals for a reason. It needs to recharge.

You quickly realize passion and obsession are starting to look alike when you've been writing all day long and now you are tired, angry, and hungry.

Taking a break doesn't mean you stop thinking about your passion or new ideas.

When I took a break and decided to bake a muffin, I still had ideas come to me as I baked. Breaks can stir up new ideas for your next project.

Breaks reduce stress and the need for a long recovery at the end of the day.

When you start getting irritable doing something you love to do, its time to take a break to relax and reset your mood.

You need breaks whether or not you enjoy the work you are doing.

When you work, your mind makes the effort to help you finish the task at hand but for a challenging task like creative writing, taking your mind off the task can renew and strengthen your motivation.

Breaks increase productivity and boost creativity. Working for long periods without taking a break leads to exhaustion.

Taking breaks refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative.

You are more likely to have an Aha moment when you take a break. So take one today. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.

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Ghanaian-American | Spiritual Life Coach | Creative Writer | Pisces/Aquarius. I love writing about the mystical ✨ https://linktr.ee/Kimberly.fosu

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