Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

Artists Don’t Need A Break

This week I’m pausing my latest series (Creating a Picture Book From Scratch) to talk about something that’s been on my mind a lot these past few weeks…

When is it ok to take a break?

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend who is a workout instructor at several gyms. Like many instructors, she teaches while doing the (highly intensive) exercises herself.

When I asked her how she manages to keep up with so many classes per day, she mentioned that every year she takes one month off:

“If I don’t take care of myself, I can’t be there for others. Stopping for a month allows me to restore the energy I spend throughout the year.”

What blew my mind was not what she said, but rather how she said it. There was no remorse, no guilt, no negative feelings whatsoever…

…just a huge amount of confidence.

Isn’t the mind a muscle too?

When looking at the artist reality, it’s easy to believe that we don’t need a break – we’re not doing high-intensity exercises anyway!

…but aren’t we?

I’ve been having tons of conversations with other artists and we all agree that we need to take breaks in order to recharge. But the truth is, many of us feel guilty when we do it.

Why is that? Is it because art is seen by some as a hobby and not a real job? Something you do in your spare time?

What could change if, instead of feeling guilty for pausing, you felt proud of your decision?

…and what impact could that have on other artists?

Maybe it’s time for a change.


  1. Elizabeth - 4 years ago

    Allowing myself to take breaks without guilt has been one of my goals this year. It’s been tricky, but the more I embrace my time off, the more productive and consistent my work time becomes.

    Being guilty about it is still pretty heavily engrained for me, but it’s getting easier. And I’m much happier for it. 🙂 Wonderful post as always, Ania! <3

    • aniamarcos - 4 years ago

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Lizzy! <3
      I always find it comforting when someone says that by embracing time off they see the results. I had to learn this lesson the hard way, but I hope more and more artists can see that taking a break is a healthy and normal thing to do instead of a guilty pleasure...

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