Go ahead and take a break

I’ve written a fair bit on this blog about the importance of finding a healthy life-work balance, recognizing that life is filled with hardships and we must all learn how to handle them. With all of these worries piling up on your desk, it’s far too easy to get overwhelmed. At the same time, you also have to recognize that you can’t just work your concerns away. Sometimes, you need to step away for a moment.

For today’s edition of What’s Up Wednesdays, we take a look at a few posts from around the blogosphere that talk about exactly that: taking a break. Sometimes, taking a well-deserved break can be the best thing you can do for yourself.

Joe Gets Fit starts us off with a very relaxing holiday, describing his Mexican vacation before the swine flu outbreak. I’ve only been to Mexico a couple of times myself, but I’ve never done the Mexican resort thing. It looks like Joe had a great time with plenty of fresh fruit, hot sun, and expansive beaches.

Darren Barefoot was enjoying his lunch break at Subeez the other day when he noticed something quite remarkable. The Google Street View car drove by and took his picture. It takes about six months for Google to process all that data, so Darren wrote a note to his future self so that he could look for his past self some time in October or so. Unfortunately (or fortunately), his face just may be blurred out in the process.

The Poker Jerk probably spends too much time hanging out at those online poker rooms, but he wants you to take a quick break with him too. Some breaks, like visits to the coffee shop, can cost money, so the Poker Jerk has decided to give away some money to his lucky Twitter followers. While you’re at it, make sure you’re following me on Twitter too.

Free Money Finance is a blog filled with a lot of useful financial advice and anecdotes, but it’s not just about the stock market and mortgages. Many of your most important hours are spent sleeping, so it’s important to know how to buy a bed. If you can’t tell the difference between a $200 mattress and a $900 mattress, you should probably save that cash and buy the cheaper one.

Chris Bibey oftentimes sounds like he’s working far too much, but knows a thing or two about balancing work and breaks. Work too much and you’ll wear yourself out. Take too many breaks and you’ll never get anything done. As with most things, you need to find yourself a healthy medium where all of these needs are met.

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