Friday, Jul 03, 2009

The Importance of Sabbaticals

There are times in our writing career that we may feel burned out. Burn-out is a serious signal that it’s time to slow down and stop. Pay attention to this signal. 

As with all aspects of health, prevention is far more effective than cure. If you sense burn-out coming on, here are a few things you can do: 

1) Practice taking a day of rest each week. This is God’s commandment, and we must obey it, not only to honor Him but to preserve our physical, mental, and emotional health. 

2) Practice taking regular long weekends. A good practice is to get away–or take time off from your writing–at least once every quarter. 

3) Practice taking mini-sabbaticals during the day. For example, a five-minute break to get up and walk around every hour will go far to keep you from burnout. 

As we take care of ourselves, our writing will take care of itself.

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4 thoughts on “The Importance of Sabbaticals

  1. Hi MaryAnn,
    hope you and your family have a wonderful time celebrating your daughter’s wedding. I remember how special that was for us last year. Enjoy!

    July 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    • Thanks so much, Carrie! We are all looking forward to the big day with great joy!

      Congratulations on your daughter’s first anniversary! 🙂



      July 6, 2009 at 10:08 AM

  2. I have a confession to make. I don’t write every day … at the computer. But I write all the time in my head. Still, taking a break now and then is good for most anything.

    My son and his wife celebrated their 5th anniversary in May! I remember how much fun the wedding prep was. Enjoy every moment!

    July 6, 2009 at 7:17 PM

  3. Thanks, maryann, for great reminders. I do practice the first two but had never thought of the mini 5 min. sabbatical! I’ll try it. Wishing you and yours a special wedding day. Hope we can take a sabbatical together next year!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM