10 hours, 30 hours, 60 hours, no matter how long we spend on our blog every week, it’s exhausting. I’ve spoken about it before on social media, and right now in my life, it’s so relevant.
I believe as bloggers we need to take regular breaks…
We need to put the numbers to one side, the paid or gifted brand collaborations to one side, and also a blog schedule, and focus on ourselves. How are we meant to create content if we burn ourselves out or if we feel blogging becomes a chore?
The changes I’ve made/making
Posting daily on Instagram, capturing every day out for my Instagram stories; it doesn’t need to happen. Can’t we just enjoy something without feeling the need to put it online?!
I was once so caught up in social media, every thought had to go on social media. I was driving myself mad. I became so focused on getting views and increasing numbers, that I forgot to look after myself.
Social Media can be draining. Blogging can be also. We do several roles in one. Only bloggers can truly understand this.
My sister Caroline and I hadn’t since each other for 3 years until we were reunited on Thursday. I could have posted loads about it online, but I didn’t. I kept it simple. I wanted to cherish the day I had with her (which mainly consisted of her being nosey in my new flat).
I mentioned to her that I’m putting my phone down more. Being glued to your phone and social media isn’t healthy. You become so caught up with what happens online that you forget what’s happening offline.
Even if it’s small intervals. Spend a little less time online every day and you get used to life without social media. It’s actually nice. It’s really freeing.
Blogging isn’t going nowhere, but you can!
The less I’m online, the more I’m outside exploring. Find what you love. Find things you can do besides blogging. I love photography at the moment. I love visiting museums. Eating out. Watching TV. My love for walking is coming back.
We just have to find what works for us. We have to find the activities we love (whether it’s reading, the gym or cooking). It’s just the thought of not being online that gets to us. I know I’ve felt like this.
I haven’t wanted to come off social media, at the fear of missing something. Missing the chance to be part of a blog thread, a deep conversation or a blog chat.
I was once doing blog chats every day (when they were running), and at least 2 a night, and it was a lot. I forgot that social media was always going to be there, but when you get caught in the moment, you forget.
Removing my phone at the dinner table
This has been my first step. I’ve removed my phone whenever I eat. It’s only a small chunk of time, but learning to take breaks is a gradual process. Taking 30 minutes or so away from my phone has built up to a few hours so far. Being away from my phone could mean I go out for a walk, take a nap or watch something on TV. As long as I’m teaching myself to come away from my phone, I’m happy. I know in time, it’ll build up to days.
Love your content, and love yourself
Creating amazing content is what we all want to do, but remember to love yourself too! Content wouldn’t be created if you’re burned out or you’ve fallen out of love with what you do.
What do you do to self-care? How do you work it in with your blog?
I want to know. Leave your self-care tips below and your opinions on taking regular breaks as a blogger…