Why You Need A Break

Why You Need A Break

jamaica stairway

Call it a break, stay-cation, holiday, whatever. you need one. a long one, more than a ‘day off’. I’ve been getting by with days off for the past three years, just about squeezing in a supposed long weekend where i never relax, and it wasn’t until I took a proper- not-looking-at-emails-lounging around-holiday that i realised how important it is to take a break.

jamaica rocks

Sadly we can’t all live off the ‘fat of the land’ and with the world the way it is today we’re busier than ever to make the best of ourselves, FOR ourselves, our future and companies we work for. But what about enjoying this allocated space of time called life? What about the experiences, sights, tastes and people all around us? Spoil yourself with a break, spoil someone else who otherwise can’t afford a break. We all need time, we become so clogged otherwise we forget what life really is.

white fence jamaica sea

Don’t plan, just do.

I suck without an itinerary of some sort, like what the hell do i do next? how will I know to have lunch if it’s not pencilled in? I know now to really relish in a break you need to set no rules, boundaries or expectations. Today things will or won’t be done. Tomorrow much of the same… and this way your body really does what it needs to and you come back refreshed.

It’s not just about wanting to go to Bora Bora, it’s filling the mind and body with something other than screens and writing and deadlines. It’s decluttering. It’s energy.

jamaica ocean beach

Breaks or holidays are not to squeeze in other tasks such as the doctor’s check up and bank visits this will only end in more tears and stress, I’m certain. If you have to do ‘life admin’ call it in as exactly that so you aren’t kidding yourself or anyone around you that you’ve actually had some you-time. This also means people are vary aware you still need real time off.

pier one jamaica

Stress is serious, mental health is serious and both are very real things that can come on at any time. Whilst stopping doesn’t automatically mean you’re free from anxiety it does give the mind a chance to release build up and give you time for self care.

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Treat Yo’ Self

To your favourite meals, that perfume on your list (hey, Sisley what you sayin’?) a stroll around parts of your town you’ve never been to, a book, a film, a new note pad, write, draw, enjoy and relish in yourself and (your) company. Be good to yourself. We need time to redo, re think, re plan, re assess and come back to life fighting.

holiday outfit jamaica

jamaica pier paradise

We don’t get another chance and since I don’t know how long my chance is, my dice roll and four space shuffle to the left will land me on a break. Whether you can travel far and wide alone, want to eat at the dinner table with your loved ones or go to france with your significant other, give yourself time. You bloody need it.


  1. Delores (Mumz) Dunkley-Beswick
    10th November 2016 / 4:09 am

    Fabulous, as ever! And you are so right … it is easy to get stuck into the grind you forget self. Beautiful piece! Love it!

  2. Natalie
    13th January 2017 / 2:54 am

    You are most certainly right. We do need to take time for ourselves to refuel and recharge every once in a while.

  3. 14th February 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Taking a break is an important part of selfcare. When I’m away I feel so refreshed and I am able to renew my thinking much more than on the weekend. The pictures in this post are beautiful. It looks like an unspoiled island of paradise. XOXO melaninmindsoul.com

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