Break Over

Ink inside out-mercia cummings-Wellness- Break Over-September-2015

It’s been some time good people. Actually several months since I last posted. I apologize for this. I have to admit I had to just cut off for a little while. I’ve mentioned previously I wear several hats in my life and found I needed to take a break from several of those hats.
Previously, I have written on self-care, listening to the inner voice, and knowing when to say no. I am usually good at practicing what I preach, however, I was not doing so in 2015 and just had to shut down. I was still doing the day to day stuff (bills do have to be paid, family fed, and so on) but everything else, well it was losing its joy. I realized it was time to step away. So this too (blog), was one thing that I stepped away from.

Ink inside out-mercia cummings-Wellness- Break Over-September-2015
I have to enjoy what I am doing, that’s just how I am built. I love writing, but then realized my passion was not there, I wrote several blogs but did not share them because, well they felt false. They were not from my heart, they were because I felt like I had to turn something in. I am happy I did not do so.
I love making jewelry, but the passion was lacking. I was making pieces but did not feel as connected to them as I had. I felt like I was making them, just to make something.
I love being a licensed mental health therapist but, I am going to say what therapist avoid saying; it was becoming routine. The excitement I felt after meeting each client, it was MIA. I was proud at my client’s progress, but the excitement that was usually there, was decreasing. So I reduced my caseload, stopped making jewelry, and stopped writing. I would have moments in which I would be inspired, but not like before.

Ink inside out-mercia cummings-Wellness- Break Over-September-2015
It can be hard to step away, especially if it is the thing that feeds us and our family. So even with my full time job, I found ways to check out without my work being affected by it, and things usually slow down in the office, so it worked out.
I have worked to eat healthier, lose a little weight, and get back to journaling and reading. I have also working to connect with family and friends, whenever possible. I have also made sure to take moments out for me, to do what I want, not just what I have to do.

Ink inside out-mercia cummings-Wellness- Break Over-September-2015

I was able to use that downtime to truly reflect on me, my joys, and where I was going. I read, I looked at social media for poetry and positive statement to read, I laid on the couch, and I just took my time to live. So I have begun to find the passion for those joys again. I have started making jewelry again. I have written a couple of small poems, and I found myself enjoying providing behavior health services again. And yes, here I am…writing this blog. Most importantly, I am enjoying it all and have a new enthusiasm for it all.
Most of all I feel like I have reconnected to me again. It can be so easy to focus on other things, other people, others responsibilities; however, we must be sure we include ourselves in all of this. I was able to spend time with family and friends, time looking at the waves on the beach. Reminding myself to love and take care of me!!

Ink inside out-mercia cummings-Wellness- Break Over-September-2015
You may wonder why I am writing this, I figured I was inspired to share with you all to be sure to take time out for yourself. To take breaks when needed, to listen to the tired voice and to just relax.

So good folks, I feel like I am back in action!! Until next time…

Mercia Cummings

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