Breaking Down and Taking a Break

I felt like I was burning out, but over this Thanksgiving vacation I have allowed myself a chance to completely take a break from work and life--and it has felt amazing!

As I've taken this break, I've given myself the freedom to not have to do anything. I've spent some awesome quality time with my extended family, eaten a ton of great food, watched a lot of TV, and... spent hours playing video games!

It has been years since I have spent any serious time playing video games, and the break from reality and all of it's demands was seriously welcome!  I found that after a day or two of destressing and unwinding I was already prepared to jump back into doing homework and some writing. I've been able to turn out about 3-5 blog posts and rough out an essay for my grammar class over the most recent two days.

See: there is something to be said for resting and re-energizing. Just today I read an article on The Resurgence  emphasizing the importance of scriptural rest. I know this command and know why it's true, but as I look back over the past few months, I've realized that I really haven't ever taken a full day off and just relaxed. I always seem to cram something into my free time. If I'm not working my day job, in class, or doing homework, I try to do some blogging. I'm constantly squeezing in some first draft writing, editing, polishing, publicizing, et. all.

From here on out, I'm going to try to consciously take one day per week to de-stress, relax, and refuel for the coming week. By doing so, I anticipate that my overall productivity will increase: a win-win!


  1. I've been thinking about this exact same thing lately. At the end of this last week, I was just totally 'burned out'.

    Thursday was completely a chill day, but it stressed me out. I couldn't handle not doing anything for a day and it was a tough conviction that I was in dire need of some rest.
    At college, it's so easy to get consumed in school work, working, scripture, extra-curricular activities, and my social life. Sunday nights are usually my chill nights when I unwind and get ready to pound through another week.

    Good post - It's weird how it's the exact thing that was on my mind this weekend.


  2. AJ, very cool that the same things had been on your mind, and good to know that I'm not the only person that gets sucked into this trap of work-work-work.

    I'm totally with ya as far as the stress of not doing anything productive for a whole day after you're so used to constantly working. It feels like there's this pressure to continually produce and create. Sometimes it's good, and others it's not.

    Thanks for the input!

  3. Hey, my men, sometimes... "Our greatest ability is our AVAILABILITY" and...sometimes this only happens when we breathe, count to ten, pray and then wait for God's response to the time we have
    'freed ' up for Him and His purposes through us.