why taking breaks are a good thing

I used to spend a lot of time reading blogs. Reading post after post and commenting and interacting and interacting in blog chats on twitter and it was after GCSEs finished that I seized doing so. Which, in its own way is slightly ironic because I actually had more time. It was also after GCSEs that I stopped writing regularly and instead posted my thoughts on ethical fashion with few and far between informative posts, slacking in the blogging department but I think it was reflective of my mental state. I started my blog when I was 15 (or 14 I can’t quite remember) during a time where I decided that the online world would become my friend when there wasn’t, or at least I didn’t feel like it, anyone to turn to.ย takingbreaks4

The break from my blog reflected the break from social media that I needed, in fact because I was living more in the real world with friends that I am so grateful for, like they’re the best and I owe so much to them.One thing I started doing a few weeks ago, although it sounds daft, is putting my phone in another room before I go to sleep. A different break of sorts, but one that has proven to be more than beneficial to my health, mindset etc. I am definitely one for discouraging going on social media too much as it can be so detrimental to one’s mental health, although it has in so many ways helped mine but the way I’ve treated my phone since the new year has changed dramatically. It is no longer the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning, nor is it the last thing I look at before I go to bed. Twitter isn’t an app I spend hours scrolling through, eking out the aspects of some super cool blogger’s blog that could have aspects of my own.takingbreaks

It’s funny because I’m writing this post a little in advance of it going up, but I’m ill and I hate just lying in bed doing nothing (I have coincidentally read three books in the period as well) but when I’m ill I tend to gravitate to Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat – refreshing every minute or so to see what people are up to which is SO BAD because I can feel myself feeling more and more drained every time I do so. Social media sucks like that. So I then unfollowed a whole bunch of people on my private Instagram account that didn’t make me feel great about myself and guess what? I felt a lot better. I also then left Snapchat and Instagram and took to reading for my driving theory test that I took on Thursday (update: I passed yassss). On a more serious not, social media is becoming so detrimental to my mental health and it sucks because I could be feeling totally fine one minute and hate myself the next, which isn’t ideal but then when you think about it isn’t good full stop, no one should feel that way due to an online app.takingbreaks5Aside from social media, if you’re a student reading this it’s good to take breaks as well, from school, online, from work. I didn’t realise how much I’d worn myself into the ground this half term but I did and consequently I’ve learnt from that. Regular breaks are a good thing and it doesn’t mean it is going to wreck your whole grade, in fact taking a break from your work can lead you coming back to it more refreshed and are more likely to learn. There’s so many rules about studying for 25 minutes then having a break for 5 but it is about finding what works for you, whatever that may be. When it comes to sixth form I think it can work in two ways, either the increase of frees can lead to basically never leaving the study areas or a lack of time in their can lead to doing zero work and having to do it all at home + more. I think I need to find a balance between the two, but I needed a break in order to clear my head to that fact.

Sometimes, with my blog, it is a break, a place that I can come to when I need to talk or I want to enlighten you and teach you about something great. But sometimes breaks from the things you love are good as well and you can come back with a fresh perception of what you’re talking about. Everything is a little clearer.ย Also with the whole fresh perception thing, taking breaks shouldn’t be an opportunity for stress to build up. If it does, talk to someone, do some yoga, read for a little bit – taking a break should make you less stressed than your current situation – in no way should it make it more.takingbreaks3The moral of this post, if there was one, is that it is okay to take breaks. In fact it’s a good thing, especially with regards to revising etc. I overworked myself this term and became ill which meant that my one chance for a break and days out was slandered by the fact I had to stay inside, but I guess that was my own fault in some ways. What do you do when you take breaks? Is there anything that makes you less stressed? Leave a lil comment and you might be able to help someone else ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

lots of love, eleanor xx

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  1. Katie Hunter 20th February 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I go through these phases of deleting all my social media, often over the weekend, because when I don’t have access to it I feel so much free-er. I’m not spending my time valuing myself through other people and I pass the hours to actual productive things! I worried I’d miss out on plans and news but the people who need me always know (when it says I was active 2 days ago haha) and just text me, and often when I re-download its just a load of cat memes hahah. Its definitely good for you mental health to take breaks from all sorts of things, to reset or remind yourself how much you love (or dislike!) something. In my gap I think I’ve really learned the value of taking breaks and I’ve assessed how TOXIC my working habits were last year and am already thinking of some good ways to prevent it from developing next year!! On another note, your posts are always SO aesthetic eleanor, dreaming of being able to take photos like yours hahah (okay this totally contradicts everything you said in this post…) xx
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    1. eleanorclaudie 3rd March 2018 at 8:58 am

      HAhaah going onto your phone for cat memes is the best. I think what you say about deleting social media apps and not going on your phone over the weekend is so important, I may have to do that sometimes. I would love to see a post on ways to stop bad work habits from developing on your blog! Thank you about the photos! I didn’t think they were so thank you for the reassurance ahh xxx

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  2. Saira 20th February 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I agree it is so important to take breaks – especially when things get overwhelming. I am pretty bad though as my phone of the first thing I see in the morning and last thing at night ! I keep it in my bag whilst at work though !
    Saira
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    1. eleanorclaudie 3rd March 2018 at 8:59 am

      I’ve started putting my phone in another room just so that I don’t use it before I go to bed! It has definitely worked though so that’s great ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Lucy Cole 22nd February 2018 at 11:22 am

    Loved this! It is so important to step away from things sometimes. I like to have baths with a book, rather than scrolling on my phone, and I find a good declutter/clean up with some background music always helps relax me!xx

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    1. eleanorclaudie 3rd March 2018 at 9:01 am

      Thank you! I never really have baths but perhaps I might have to give them another go! and omg yes I love putting on music (or youtube) and tidying my room! xx

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  4. Dalal Tahira 22nd February 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I can definitely resonate with the stupid habit of overworking and then facing the consequences which then exacerbate the situation even more, it really is a vicious cycle. I decided to delete all social media off my phone and got my friend to put in a pass code to restrict me from using the App Store to re-download them, so I’m basically unable to procrastinate on social media (at least through my phone) I now just schedule tweets on Buffer and try not to dedicate so much time on a screen/s. It’s only been a few days but I’ve actually realised how dependent I am on my phone, especially in socially straining situations. Before doing this I also went on a HUGE unfollowing spree, I unfollowed every account that didn’t really inspire me or I simply just didn’t like an experiencing a feed of content that you actually enjoy is such a breath of fresh air. Breaks are perfectly normal parts of life and in maintaining a healthy balance (although it seems impossible) I hope you’re feeling a little better and are enjoying term so faaarrr. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF xxx

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    1. eleanorclaudie 3rd March 2018 at 8:43 am

      Social media is literally the one thing that has stopped me being productive (and also browsing at clothes online that I can’t afford lol). It’s so good that it has made you realise how dependent you are because I guess something can be done about it! Definitely finding more of a balance this term already and feel a lot better already xxxx

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  5. Besma | Curiously Conscious 23rd February 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I know how you feel – social media and laying around really don’t help when I’m taking a break. I’ve got myself back into reading, and listening to podcasts while doing something with my hands, whether that’s cooking, drawing or knitting.

    I hope you can overthrow the stress and know you’re doing an amazing job by the way. Your blog is one of my favourites!

    Besma | Curiously Conscious

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    1. eleanorclaudie 26th February 2018 at 7:58 pm

      I’ve become so hooked on reading lately and it’s been so great, I love it! Thank you so much Besma though, it means a lot!

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  6. Lexi Lawrence 23rd February 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Breaks are so important, especially during A-levels. You have to take time to ground yourself – it’s such a stressful time! And completely agree on the filtering out your feed front. Only follow people who make you feel good! Sending you love xx

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    1. eleanorclaudie 26th February 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Definitely need to learn to have more of a balance! Sending my love to you as well xxx

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  7. Libby-Jade Harris 6th March 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Loved this post Eleanor, breaks are so important! I’m exactly the same when I’m ill, constantly scrolling and it definitely needs to stop. Whilst I was away I didn’t check my social media accounts that often and it made me feel a little bit better in some aspects of my life, it’s so weird how one persons post about anything can just play on your mind forever and alter your mood. I think I should go unfollow some people now aha. Great post!x
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