I have started no less than six blog posts in the past few days and I have yet to finish any of them. The topics are all highly interesting to me, and I’ve already researched a couple of them and found relevant articles and studies. Still, I keep coming up with more topics instead of finishing any of the articles I have started.
Have you been there? What did you do to move past it? I’m wondering if it isn’t a form of writer’s block, or perhaps just a sign of my current physical and mental state. I have not felt well for a few days, though none of my symptoms have worsened to the point of warranting a doctor’s visit. I am also in a transitional period, having just moved a couple hundred miles away two weeks ago. I have been busy with unpacking, organizing, and spring yard clean-up. I have done a lot of rigorous physical work, and it makes sense that I would be rather fatigued, which could explain my not feeling well. I suppose I should be giving myself a break, but I’ve never been good at that. My mind is a strict taskmaster.
So, I continue to accumulate half-written articles about a variety of topics and hope that I will finish them sometime soon. Meanwhile, I’m catching up on my fellow bloggers’ articles, and reading pieces shared by friends on social media. I find myself vacillating between outrage and empathy, strong emotions that social media seems designed to evoke. It’s great fodder for article ideas, but what I really need is to rest.
I don’t do “rest” well. That is likely the real problem. Maybe I’ll listen to an audio book or take a nap, give myself a break from the compulsion to always be doing something. I’m not up to a walk, though the sunshine looks inviting. The ideas of just being in the moment and being kind to yourself do not come easy to me. But practice makes better!
Have a rest yourself, maybe. You deserve it.