As we discussed last week, blogger burnout is exhausting and challenging. Many of you reached out and admitted that you had experienced burnout during your journey; simply identifying the issue makes it easier to correct. Blogging is a hobby for most of us, and, to continue enjoying the experience, you have to develop habits that cultivate your creativity instead of stifling it. Today, Lindsay and I are discussing how to recover from blogger burnout.
1. Take a break. This might seem obvious, but taking a "blog break," even if it's for only one day, can be refreshing. Spend a day- or longer if you need it- doing nothing blog-related: don't respond to emails, don't reply to blog comments, and don't spend time on social media. Completely unplug and unwind. Consider setting boundaries moving forward.
2. Reach out. Chances are you aren't the only blogger who has struggled or felt uninspired. Chat with someone you admire and ask how they handled their burned out feeling. Bounce ideas off a friend or mentor. The blogging community is strong and you certainly don't have to handle your frustration alone.
3. Reevaluate. When having a particularly rough week, ask yourself the following questions: "Why did I start blogging?" "What do I enjoy about the blogging process?" "Would I miss it?" These questions can help identify if a break is necessary and where to make improvements. Sometimes making a small change, like taking weekends off or reorganizing your schedule, can make a huge difference in your attitude.
4. Get inspired. Take a vacation, read a good book, or simply unplug. To be effective as bloggers, especially lifestyle bloggers, we have to LIVE our lives! Slow down and experience the world around you for what it is instead of for the purpose of creating an interesting blog post.
5. Cope ahead! Don't wait until you're completely burned out to do something about. Watch for warning signs and if you start to notice characteristics of burnout, do something to stop it from getting worse as soon as possible! For some, this might be saying "no" more in order to prevent becoming overwhelmed. For others, this might involve ensuring the more important things in life get accomplished before blogging gets checked off the to-do list.
Although this is not an inclusive list, a number of other bloggers have written on this topic (for example, this). We encourage you to read their posts too because not all tips for recovery will work well for everyone!
How have you recovered from blogger burnout in the past?