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  • Writer's pictureBen Pechey

Space to breathe

Content creation is a fun hobby. For many of us in the game, we have monetised our hobbies, into our income. This is all well and good until the person’s existence that content focus’ on, no longer feels able to keep this up.

2022 did not get off to the best start for me, and to be honest, has been a bit of a shit show so far. The nature of my work means that most, if not all of my output has to come out of my brain. This is fine until said brain no longer has the capacity to create.

I am not saying I am unable to work, instead, my head makes me feel shit if I don’t, and worse if I do. Try explaining that to a doctor! I’m in a difficult stalemate which drives the anxiety levels to an all-time high where no one wins.

This means that perhaps for the next few weeks, there will be a reduced service. I just need to reduce the self-inflicted pressure that sits heavily in my amygdala - the part of the brain that handles stress and emotional processing.

Trust me when I say this, I do detect the irony of writing such a post, as this contributes to content production, and also made me feel queasy - but here we are. In as much as this is for me, this is also for you. If you have the ability to offer yourself kindness in any form - take it.

This is me being kind to myself, by rationalising the time, space, and break I so badly need in a stream of words. I urge you to find ways to make life easier to bear if you too are struggling. Talk to family, friends, a doctor, a therapist if you can afford it, or just even with a pen and paper to yourself.

Life is hard, painful even, but being awful to yourself is only going to make things worse. So if you do one thing today, be kind to you, because you deserve it…

Shot by Ruth Pechey


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