How to protect bloggers from burnout
A guest post by Frankie Wallace.
Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t get burned out by it.
For bloggers — especially freelance bloggers — there’s a lot of pressure to stay busy in order to keep up with demand and pay the bills.
This often means working nights and weekends while pushing to meet the next deadline. Even for bloggers with full-time employment, the push to create more content can create serious burnout as well.
Fortunately, there are steps to protect bloggers from the effects of burnout. But first you must be able to recognise the symptoms. Let’s dive into the issue:
Know the symptoms of burnout
Anyone can suffer from burnout at work, but those who work for small businesses might find that burnout is more common because of the added pressure to keep a business successful.
Freelance bloggers are essentially their own small business, which is why it’s important to keep tabs on burnout symptoms. Some examples include:
- Anxiety/depression: Worry and hopelessness can accompany feelings of burnout, which can trigger feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Fatigue: Overworking and draining yourself can lead to fatigue and tiredness.
- Physical pain/illness: Stress often presents in physical ways, such as digestive pains and even illness.
- Insomnia: Despite fatigue, insomnia is a common symptom of burnout due to stress and worry.
If you exhibit any of these symptoms, it’s best to work with your schedule in a way that includes more breaks during the day, varying your tasks, and taking days off from work.
Schedule time off
Work-life balance is an important aspect in protecting bloggers from burnout, and one way to do that is to take time off.
This sounds simple enough, but it’s amazing how easy it is to fall back into taking extra assignments, working on a Saturday morning, or having to work on your day off to meet a deadline.
This is why it’s good to schedule your days off in advance. This allows you to hit deadlines ahead of time and make plans for days you don’t work.
This can be especially hard for freelancers, but time off is paramount in terms of work-life balance.
Eat away from your desk
Social workers are notoriously overworked and often struggle with self-care as a result.
One way they can combat those problems is to practice small acts of self-care during the day. The same is true for preventing bloggers from burnout. Self-care isn’t just about bubble baths and spa days, it’s about making sure you’re eating, allowing yourself time to exercise, and giving your mind a break from your screen a few times a day.
One great way to get your breaks in is to eat away from your desk. It’s not just the days off that can fight burnout; it’s the small breaks during the day that can help keep you rejuvenated and focused as well. Make a point to eat healthy foods away from your desk.
Keep your tasks varied
One way to keep yourself healthy as a blogger who works from home is to change up your tasks each day to keep things different and engaging.
Burnout doesn’t indicate you’ve lost your love of writing, but it might mean your work has begun to feel uninspired. By changing up your schedule, you can help fight burnout.
Try writing about different subjects, spending a few days reaching out to new contacts, or spending a day with invoicing to give yourself a break from the same writing each day.
Unplug when you’re off work
An addiction to work can happen to anyone.
One sign of a poor work-life balance leading to work addiction is being constantly connected to your job. It can be hard to avoid because there’s so much pressure to be available, to be better than your competitors or coworkers, or to make money, but the tradeoff is your mental health.
If you’re taking time off work and you’re still tethered to work via email, you’re not getting the full break you may need from your duties in order to combat burnout.
When you’re on a break, your day off, or on vacation, try hard to unplug. If you absolutely need to check your email for edits or deadlines, schedule a specific time to do so.
Can you save any bloggers from burnout?
Burnout can be dangerous. It can harm your mental health, cause overall unhappiness, and may lead to you losing or quitting your job as a result.
Bloggers work hard to create work that they love, but there has to be a line between your personal and professional life.
Protecting bloggers from burnout involves knowing the symptoms, giving yourself time off, taking time away from your desk, varying your duties, and making sure to unplug when you do get time away from writing.
About the author
Frankie Wallace regularly contributes to a wide variety of blogs and enjoys writing about health tips and politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.