Even better: I actually did FUN THINGS! (I know--it's shocking, isn't it?) We were in San Diego, so we walked around the Gaslamp district, walked along the Marina, browsed all the specialty shops in Seaport Village, and spent a day at the Zoo. And I realized 2 things:
1) I am really out of shape. I may be down two dress sizes thanks to the revision-is-stressful diet. But spending 15 hours a day sitting in front of a computer has turned my leg muscles to mush. I. am. so. sore--and all we did was walk. Clearly I need to move more during the day.
2) Spending time slacking off actually helped my writing. Not only did I finally solve a few issues that have been plaguing my current project, but it was like I could actually feel the creative juices flowing again. Like my head finally cleared and let my brain recharge.
Which made me realize how important it is to take a break now and then. I've been going going going for so long now, thinking I can just keep powering through. But I actually accomplished more this weekend--when I was on vacation, and not working--than I have in the last couple weeks (as far as writing goes at least). I guess we can only push ourselves so hard before it starts to hinder.
So I'm going to try to be better about taking 'me time'--because a little bit goes a long way. I'm going to try to take a 20 minute walk every day, just me and my music and the ideas swirling in my mind (this will hopefully also make it so I don't get pathetically sore from the tiniest bit of exercise). I'm going to take time to people watch and window shop (both of my writing breakthroughs came from these simple activities). And whenever possible, I'm going to take a few hours on a weekend to go do SOMETHING, because I seriously need to get out more. And maybe by making these small changes I won't get so burned out again. Here's hoping.
But what about you guys: how do you recharge? Any tips or tricks you care to share?