self care, mental health, blogging, blogger

I spent a good part of my day today reading through some of my favourite blogs and leaving comments/spreading love. It’s something I try to do once a week, although I have been slacking a bit as of late… I noticed across many of these blogs there was a pattern in the recent posts. There appears to be a number of bloggers that for various reasons are taking a blogging break, or just coming back from one, and sharing posts to explain their decision.

Now I am all for the openness and vulnerability of sharing the different struggles and challenges in your life, this willingness to create transparency on your blogs is a bit part of why I have come to love all of you so much. You don’t just sugar coat and pretend everything about life is always perfect, instead, you are real and honest – blogging about the good times, sharing the ‘not so good’ and even going as far as to provide some insight into the downright bad times.

Yes, there are times that warrant the word bad, regardless of how you spin them or what silver lining you are desperately searching for!

I have also backed off quite a bit on my blogging these last few weeks for a number of reasons ranging everything from a busier personal schedule to struggling a bit with dealing with my own mental health/stress/etc. It happens… Newsflash: Bloggers are human!

That being said, there is a message I want to share for all of the bloggers that I connect with in this amazing global community that we have here, as well as for anyone who may catch themselves doing this in your day to day lives –  NEVER feel like you need to apologize for taking care of yourself!

So many of the blogs I read today discussed feeling guilty for not posting or being active. They referenced some genuine challenges from mental health to breakups and everything in between. Know that there is NOTHING wrong with making yourself a priority. In fact, I would go as far as to say that you are doing exactly what you should be doing by taking your break!

You want to help others, inspire others, lead others… but how are you going to do all these things if you don’t keep yourself healthy? Have you ever heard the saying you can’t pour from an empty cup? It’s true! Don’t forget it! If you allow your cup to empty, you aren’t going to be able to help anyone in the ways that you would like to.

Whether you feel comfortable sharing your reasons or not – make yourself a priority in your life. If you need a break, take a break! If blogging is what you need to keep you moving right now, blog to your heart’s content! But… Please don’t apologize for taking care of the amazing, beautiful, inspirational, wonderful person that is YOU!