Tips for Avoiding {Blogger} Burnout

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Ah, the old blogger burnout. Really- this could refer to any job, but I say blogger because obviously. Also, because bloggers tend to have a few different jobs; whether it’s a full-time job and blogging, or if you’re a blogger with many side jobs, like photography, etc. (do I fall into both categories?)

There comes a point in my life where I say “yes” to too much and not really make any time for myself. This is habit (good and bad) that I have had for a while and it has been able to help me achieve a lot, but at times my health has suffered.

Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed, but I’ve have been dealing with it. Then- I got sick (if you follow me on Instagram Stories or Snapchat {user id: awitzdree} you’ve seen this) and I had to literally FORCE myself to stay in bed all day. Granted this was actually only half a day, and it really should have been more, but regardless it was tough. You get this aching feeling that you have so much to do and then some guilt that you really should be doing those things. BUT it’s important to take time to rest, especially if you want get things done, and get them done well. See my relax + create post for more on that.

The peak of my sickness fell on Sunday and I did actually go to work the next day (despite all my coworkers demanding a 2 foot radius from me). I’m feeling better, however once again I’m reminded that your health really comes first. Burnout can come quick and unexpected – then you are forced to deal with it ALL at that time, instead of managing it properly over time.

BURNOUT TIPS

I think some tips to help with this, as I reflect back, is to ensure you truly have time to DO NOTHING. Some of you may even want to schedule a vacation, but for those of us who never go on vacation, you need to schedule time where you can take a mental vacation. I personally try not to schedule anything on Monday evenings so I can take this time to relax or catch up on things. However, as of late I’ve only been doing the “catching up” instead of the “relaxing” part. Having this time is so crucial to deter a burnout, so your body and mind have the chance to reset.

Next, understand that everything is NOT THAT IMPORTANT. In the moment all your tasks may seem like they need to get done immediately, but it isn’t until you put it off and don’t work on it that you later realize maybe you didn’t need to do that task item, or that you can actually defer the deadline to a later date. Take these items out of your mind and free yourself to fully relax. Remember that you will get what you need to get done eventually- and it WILL be amazing.

Finally, if you’re like me and have trouble relaxing, try different things to help you free your mind and relax. These things can include yoga or meditation, or watching a movie (fave), reading a book, listening to a podcast, or even cooking a fun meal if that’s your thing. Check out my post on some inspiring podcasts and books to help you get started.

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1 thought on “Tips for Avoiding {Blogger} Burnout

  1. So well put and I honestly could not agree more. Burnout is real in every profession, but especially with bloggers bc so many of us are juggling multiple jobs!! Over time I’ve learned to ask myself what’s the worst thing that could happen? (answer: nothing), disconnect from social media, and in general just chill the F out more. Living in LA helps with that, ha! You’re wearing sooo many hats at once, it’s truly amazing! Would love to hear more about your life/work as a photographer, I think it’s so fabulous that you do both. Keep up the amazing work!!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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