It's amazing what a break can do for your mindset! I've always got my head in a business book and one thing I always take away from them is that you have to be prepared to do what others won't. What does that mean? It means you have to work hard, harder than anyone else in the business. I always admire people like Gary Vaynerchuck, he seems to run on endless amounts of energy and always puts his success down to grafting, like no other.
Now, I'm all for this, I realise that overnight success does not happen, and it's the years of late nights that make it in the end. However, you cannot run on an empty tank. Looking at my latest business blogs they've all been rather depressing, but I'm only being honest and at the time that was where my mind was. I was deflated, I was confused and I was struggling.
My husband's family offered us a chance to go on holiday earlier in the year, thankfully my hubby jumped at it and last week we had our first full weeks holiday in a very long time. Boy was it needed! I'm not going to say I fully switched off, let's be realistic! If you run your own company there is no such thing as switching off, customers still need serving and they are our bread and butter, after all. However, its amazing what a change of scenery does!
We actually had a lodge in Derbyshire and it was beautiful. We visited my favourite place, Chatsworth House, where I could imagine Mr Darcy walking around and get lost in the world of Jane Austen. I actually had some quality time with my husband. It honestly felt like the last time I saw him properly was our honeymoon and even that was cut short due to him taking an exam for his masters degree! I woke up without the need for an alarm (granted it was still 6am, but rolling over and falling back asleep was bliss!). I even had a nap one lunch time! Me!! A nap! I had no plan for the days either, we just got up and did what we wanted to do at the time.
By the end of the week, I was shattered! Its hard work doing nothing! But, my mind was rested, I was ready to start again and I'm so relieved that I'm back brimming with ideas! I will never underestimate taking a break again. If you're not feeling your best, you can't perform your best, it's as simple as that. I know we aren't all that lucky to go away for week, but sometimes all it takes is to close down the computer for one evening and spend it doing something you love, guilt free, and you can feel 100% better.
So next time you're struggling, step away. It's OK to take a break.