As a blogger, being busy comes with the territory. Whether you just started or you’ve been in the game for a while, it’s VERY easy to get overwhelmed throughout your journey. This post is going to help you beat blogger burnout with the one thing every blogger babe needs in her strategy: SELF-CARE!
Self-care? Strategy? For my blog?! YES.
Self-care is something that needs to be prioritized, scheduled, and executed daily in your blogging routine (and life in general.) It’s something that’s going to help you be productive, stay creative in times of ruts, fight overwhelm, and help you find that balance that all bloggers are in search of.
Keep on reading to learn 7 different ways to incorporate self-care into your life as a blogger plus my own personal struggle with “doing it all” that resulted in writing this post!
We have a zillion ideas spinning in our heads for blog posts, email opt-ins, a video series, or a new opportunity to make some money with our blogs. We add them to our planner for the month and feel confident we can get it all done. We start out strong and motivated, but halfway through we feel drained and depleted.
Blogger burn out sets in. Directly after that, the panic comes full circle because we feel like we need to keep going in order to keep up with our blog and reach our goals.
MY STRUGGLE STORY
Before we dive into the tips I want to share my own struggle with blogger burnout that happened recently. It was nearing the end of September and I was at the top of my game. I was banging out A+ blog posts, was super active on Instagram + Twitter, and started a series on using Pinterest to grow your blog.
I had this idea to create a free video vault to go along with my series and to get it up and running with 5 videos. I made it happen, but I learned that videos take A LOT of work. I also committed to hosting 3 live workshops inside my Facebook group AND 3 Instagram lives. On top of all this keep in mind, I work a 9-5.
THE TURNING POINT
In my mind, this all seemed doable. I wrote out my goals for the month and then each project I needed to focus on (such as writing the blog posts, recording the videos, etc.) I started waking up earlier to work on things. It was all fine and dandy.
Then an opportunity came my way. The kind of opportunity you know feels just right and you can’t say no. It aligned with my long-term goals with my blog, but I didn’t expect for it to be happening so soon. I knew it was a sign I had to reroute.
So I had all of ^THAT^ going on in my mind with plans to make them happen all by the end of September. In retrospect…no wonder I hit a wall.
It all exploded in face when I sat down to continue writing my blog post for the upcoming week. It was all about Pinterest schedulers: I was sharing the pros + cons of Tailwind vs. BoardBooster. I had a good amount of the post drafted, but I needed to add images and work on refining my points.
I instantly felt overwhelmed upon opening the draft and said to myself: I’m tired of talking about Pinterest.
At that point the past 2 and a half weeks was PinterestPinterestPinterest. All my blog posts were Pinterest related, I hosted 2 live Facebook workshops and 1 live Instagram stream about Pinterest. My email newsletters were about Pinterest. I was answering Pinterest related questions in my Facebook group and via emails…
I WAS BURNT OUT !!!!
While I still wanted to finish off strong with my series, I knew I needed to focus my energy and time on the new opportunity (more details to come.) Basically, I was juggling two major projects with all my minor blog tasks in between.
So as I sat there shocked that I didn’t have the mojo to write my post, I let the feelings sink in. Instead of having an anxiety attack (I have to write this! Why can’t I write this?! I need to push myself! My readers are counting on me!!) I sat with my overwhelm and assessed the feelings. Initially, taking a week off from my blog crossed my mind, but I didn’t jump into any decisions right then and there.When blogger burnout starts to creep in, don't fight it. Accept + access your feelings. Click To Tweet
Fortunately, it was a Sunday night and I was having my weekly accountability call with my friend Erin. I poured my heart out to her (so grateful for her ears) and she asked me a powerful question:
What would it feel like to take a week off from blogging?
IMMEDIATELY the feeling of joy entered my body and the feelings of stress lifted off my shoulders. A whole week with no content writing? No photo editing? No promotion? No pressure to be on social media? SIGN ME UP.
At that point, I knew taking a break was the best thing for myself and for you guys. I didn’t want to put a mask on pretending like I was okay and publishing content that made me happy. One of my blogging commandments is authenticity, so I thought what better way to be authentic than being a little vulnerable.
So I took a break
I announced it to my Facebook squad and everyone was so supportive and encouraging. I sent a heart-felt email out that week and was amazed at how many of you responded to just let me know you could relate.
I was really quiet on Instagram (literally didn’t post of 10 days IT WAS AMAZING) and didn’t regret any of it one bit.
So what did I do on my “blogging vacation”? I focused on my major project that needed my attention most. But I also focused on myself.
Lots of Netflix, reading, meditation, and just overall being more present. The biggest thing I learned about myself is that I don’t practice enough self-care as a busy blogger. Sure, I got the daily routine + mindfulness thing down, but when it came to taking time AWAY from my blog…that was a struggle.
So that was my sob story. I hope it helped you see that all bloggers struggle.7 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers: How To Beat Burnout Click To Tweet
Now I want to share 7 tips for practicing self-care. Of course, these are all geared towards bloggers + entrepreneurs, but they can relate to anyone.
7 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE AS A BUSY BLOGGER
1. Know Your Why
This is the foundation of your blog. From day 1 you need to be clear on why you’re blogging. What motivates you? Why are you showing up to your laptop every day? Why are you pushing yourself to a new level?
This is why it’s important to have a mission statement. A mission statement not only gives your readers a guide to your blog, it gives YOU direction on what you should be focusing your energy on most.
If you don’t have a mission statement for your blog, I recommend checking out my free workshop I co-hosted with Katherine of Slightly Savvy. You’ll learn what your statement needs to have and how it can attract readers to your blog!
Knowing your why gives you purpose and keeps you from getting overwhelmed. It gives you confidence + clarity. It motivates you to keep going and keep doing what you came to do.
2. Smart Goal Setting
Setting goals gives you motivation + accountability. I personally suggest NOT planning the entire year out in advance because sh*t happens. Remember how my opportunity came up in the middle of my series? That applies here.
It’s better to set quarterly or monthly goals using the SMART method.
Then you can plan out weekly + daily goals depending on your flow and adjust accordingly depending on what direction your blog heads in.
My biggest tip is to set your goals with intention which is why the SMART method really helps. Ask yourself how why you want them to happen and if they’re going to help you move closer to where you see yourself in the future.Goal setting is self-care because it helps to ease your mind + prevent overwhelm. Click To Tweet
I just spent an entire Saturday planning out the next 3 months of my blog. GUYS!! 90-day plans are the shit. Yeah, it took me hours, but I know exactly what I’m going to be focusing on now until the end of the year. Um, totally worth it.
Every Sunday I will look at my 90-day plan and plan out my following week in more detail (schedule what days I’ll be working on what tasks, etc.)
I consider goal setting self-care because it helps to ease your mind + prevent overwhelm. I included days off + “blog vacations” in my 90-day plan so I MAKE sure to take time for ME.
3. Learn to Say No
We can’t do it all. I learned that last week when I realized I was way too ambitious with my goals + ideas for the month of September.
Not every idea or opportunity that comes your way has to be a YES in that moment. Create a place where you can jot down all your ideas, whether it’s in a notebook or an app. Save it for another time when it better aligns with your goals for the month or week. I personally use Evernote to store all my ideas.Not every idea or opportunity that comes your way has to be a YES in that moment. Click To Tweet
Again, use your mission statement + goals to guide you. If you get 5 sponsored post opportunities in one week, ask yourself if it’s realistic to say yes to every single one.
Do the brands align with your mission + goals for that month? Would working with them benefit your readers and not just your wallet?
Then think about your time. Do you have enough time to work with all 5 brands? What other tasks or projects do you have going on? Will you get overwhelmed by all the work? Be smart about your decisions!!
4. Schedule and Take Breaks
Going off of goal setting, take those goals and SCHEDULE them into a planner. Whether you prefer a digital or paper planner (I’m a die-hard paper girl, but I use Google Calendar too), find what works for you.
Scheduling my tasks and priorities minimizes my overwhelm + stress by ten-fold. I would be SO lost without planning out my months and weeks in advance.Paper or digital planner? Scheduling your tasks will minimize overwhelm by ten-fold. Click To Tweet
Breaks are something I’ve always struggled with when it came to blogging. I am the type of person that goesgoesgoes until something is complete and I’ve realized that that’s actually slowing me down + stressing me out.
I’ve been using the Pomodoro Technique which helps me make sure I take mini breaks in between my tasks. I also make sure I take lunch breaks when I work on my blog on my days off and then again in the evening when I exercise + make dinner.
Sometimes you might reach a point where you need to take an extended break…as in a couple days, a week, or even weeks. Know that this is okay!! You’re not a “bad blogger” or failing (things that I had to get over.) You are a SMART blogger that is taking care of herself. Return to your blog when you are ready!
5. Find a Support System
Knowing you’re not alone in this journey is really important to keep going in times of overwhelm or if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. If you’re surrounded by people that just don’t get it or think blogging is weird and a waste a time…please consider ways to separate yourself from that bad energy. You don’t need it!
Community is EVERYTHING when you hit points in your journey where you feel like giving up. Having an inspiring group of people who GET you that you can reach out to in times of need is honestly the most rewarding part of blogging. Find yo squad!!
Here are ways to find support:
- Find an accountability buddy
- Join a free Facebook group or community
- Join or create a mastermind group
- Reach out the other bloggers on social media or via email
6. Make Time For Non-Blogging Activities
I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and admit to the class that I’m really bad at this. Doing things that AREN’T BLOGGING are sososo important to your creativity + mental health. Why? Because it will help you recharge and find inspiration. Focus your attention on other things that bring you joy. This helps to get you excited to return to your blog and can also inspire you to come up with fresh ideas.The best thing you can do for your blog is to take time away from your blog. Click To Tweet
Just a few non-blogging things I like:
- Listening to music
- Going outside
- Day or weekend trips
- Pamper sesh
- __________ (fill in the blank!)
7. Take a Self-Care Challenge
When you know you need something (ahem self-care) but can never muster up the motivation to take action, an online challenge can be the perfect kick in the butt you need!
Dee’s challenge, 6 Days of Self Care: A Complete Plan to Nurture Your Mind, Body, and Soul takes you on a journey through 6 domains of self-care (yes, there are 6 specific areas in your life that need self-care!) with action steps + worksheets on how you can start incorporating them into your life right then and there. Click here to sign up!
Sara’s challenge, 5 Days of Self-Care for Busy Millennials is perfect for anyone who thinks they’re too busy to practice self-care (trust me, you can’t be TOO busy to take care of yoself.) Sara delivers actionable tips, activities, and worksheets to get you started on your journey to self-care! Click here to sign up!
LET’S REVIEW THE 7 WAYS TO SELF-CARE YOUR BLOGGING SELF:
- Know your why
- SMART Goal Setting
- Learn To Say No
- Schedule + Take Breaks
- Find a Support System
- Make Time For Non-Blogging Activities
- Take a Self-Care Challenge
What ways do you practice self-care? Please share them below so I can learn more ways to prevent another burnout!
Make sure to bookmark this page for when you need a place to turn in times of overwhelm. Remember getting burned out is NORMAL and can be prevented with self-care 🙂
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