The Busy Person’s Guide to Taking a Breather

We’re all busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone take a break. Between job, hobbies, second job, friends, family, kids, etc., it feels impossible to take a step back and just… breathe.

In today’s day and age, we’re all about the “hustle.” And, no, I don’t mean that super old disco song. We all seem to have our main hustle and our side hustle. We’re all hustling to make ends meet, hustling to maintain social connections, hustling to pay off student loan debts, hustling to live. The “hustle” is a means of survival in 2018.

We need to remember, though, that we can hustle and still take breaks.

Actually, let me rephrase that.

We need to remember, though, that we can hustle, and we need to take breaks.

The idea of work-life balance is still a fairly new one. In previous generations, it was expected of people to work as much as they possibly could to provide for their families. As the years passed, however, we as a society have been growing more and more aware that that’s no way to live a life. You can’t just work your life away and expect to find health and happiness, even if you’re doing something you love.

Work-life balance is extremely important. You can hit the ground running, but be sure to take a hydration break every once in a while. If you don’t, you’ll hit that runner’s wall and possibly end up in the hospital — which none of us can afford (hence the hustle!).

It’s important to take breaks. It’s important to have down time. It’s important to take care of yourself. If you don’t do any of this, you’ll run yourself into the ground and possibly an early grave.

“But, Anna, I’m so busy, I barely have time to take a breath, let alone a break. How do I manage this?”

Change your perspective and prioritize.

There are two things to remember when making time for yourself. First, time is a human-made concept and can be used however we please. Second, your health is more important than most of the things you do.

You can take a mental health day from work every once in a while.

You can cancel the plans you made with your friends every once in a while.

You can stop moving every once in a while.

There is plenty of time to accomplish what you need to accomplish. There’s plenty of time to spend with your loved ones. Life isn’t short anymore, despite what people say. You have all the time in the world. You don’t need to fill every minute of every day with something because you feel like you need to be doing said something.

I work 40 hours a week. I help to run a gaming entertainment group in addition to my 40 hour week. I work freelance as a transcriptionist and I write articles to post on Medium. I’m also an active streamer on Mixer, and keep up with my Discord channel. Not to mention working in time to spend with my family and friends.

I’m a busy person, to put it simply. Despite this, though, I give myself two hours most nights for myself. I can do whatever I want between 10pm and 12am five nights a week. I don’t need to use that time to work, and I refuse to use that time to work, despite the urge to get things done.

I changed my perspective, prioritized my obligations and found two hours most days to work with, which I’ve found is plenty of downtime. You can do the same once you prioritize your health and happiness over the hustle.



Creative writer. Review Writer for Broadcaster on Glimesh (vaughn_hellspawn).

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Vaughn Johnston

Vaughn Johnston

Creative writer. Review Writer for Broadcaster on Glimesh (vaughn_hellspawn).