Hi there. Sarah Jane here. I write the Believe It, You Matter entries.
Over and over on this blog, we stress the importance of regular self-care. It’s one of the four things listed under The Most Important Thing You Can Do. [Yes, we know it says The Most Important THING you can do. We cheated.]
But sometimes, regular self-care isn’t enough, and you have to step away for a longer spell.
I am writing this to tell you explicitly: If stepping away for a longer spell is what you need to avoid burnout, do it. Just please come back, OK?
There are days when I Cannot News Anymore, and I have to stop and mainline the Great British Baking Show instead. It happens. Sometimes it sneaks up on me.
Sometimes I go weeks between signing into the One Thing You Can Do Twitter account, because life happens, and because sometimes I come down with an acute case of I Cannot News Anymore.
Know how I handle it?
I step away, I let the blog run evergreens, and I aggressively refuse to beat myself up for stepping away.
Then, when I’m ready, I come back.
You matter. Your voice matters, and your vote matters, even if it doesn’t feel that way. We need you to stay here to carry on the fight, and we’ll still need you after Trump goes. Hell, we’ll probably need you more then.
If it’s all too much, step away and rest. But please come back. Always come back.
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