I don't know about you, but when I slump, I slump hard. It seems that I have a finite amount of energy and ability in me at any given time. I work hard for a few days or weeks at a time, and then my body just nopes on out of the room.
In the last few weeks, I've been pouring all my energy into finishing a story for a national magazine (it was just sent to photo editors for approval!), unpacking and setting up a new house, and just generally trying to keep up with all the day-to-day stuff that we all deal with.
Which means that last week, I had an epic lazy day. EPIC. I watched a series of the worst movies I could find on Netflix (pro-tip: Anything with a dance competition is gold.) I only moved when absolutely necessary, like stocking up on snacks.
And you know what? It totally worked. That day was absolutely what I needed. I used to feel so guilty for taking any time off. As a freelancer, I can feel that if I'm not focused 100% of the time on pitching and selling myself, I'll lose out. But taking breaks and time outs is just as crucial too.
That's why after I finish work today, I'm going to sit down and watch some reruns...guilt-free.