I dunno dude. On the one hand I want to say, "Practice is the only way to perfect your skills!" But then again, on the other hand, I know that disciplining one's self to keep up with whatever training/ practice schedule that's set for them can be tough.
But of course, practice can be a mysterious word sometimes can't it? I've experienced the same thing that you've witnessed in other areas of my life---not just art. Why I've taken a whole year off from training in my style of taiji & then picked it back up just like that. In fact, I'd become better.What I think happens is that subconsciously, we're always 'practicing'. I'd consider you watching examples of a genre of art practice or at the very least a study.
Ultimately though, you get back to square one. You have to get out there & exp grind if you want to advance to the next level. BUt yeah, giving your hands a rest for bit while you examine certain styles, lines, CGng etc.. is cool.
But hat do I know? It's always up to you in the end.