Maybe you’re a mom and a wife with a lot of responsibilities.
From cleaning the house, cooking meals, working a 9-5, tending to the kids and the list goes on!
To add to all of that you’ve decided to become a blogger.
Now you’re questioning yourself because you can never find time to do any of those things that are so important to you.
It seems that time passes by quicker than you can say “dirty diaper!”
Those rare moments of “me time” are filled with researching and working to grow your blog to no avail.
Your stats are down and it seems that no one is reading your blog.
It drives you mad! Right or wrong?
It’s like, “What is all this even for?”
You’re so tired and exhausted; you just want to sleep the day away!
So many bloggers are having success with their blogs and it makes you feel like such a failure.
Somedays you feel like you don’t even know who you are anymore.
What you are experiencing is the dreaded burnout.
Let’s discuss some not-so-secret ways to avoid burnout as a new blogger.
What are the Symptoms of Job Burnout?
There are many symptoms that come with job burnout. Some of those common symptoms are:
- Dragging yourself to work and feeling unmotivated and unable to start working
- Becoming irritable and impatient with those around you
- A lack of energy that prevents you from being consistently productive
- Change in sleep habits
- Trouble concentrating
- Using food as a means of feeling better
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or any other unfamiliar symptoms contact your medical provider as these could be related to more serious health conditions such as depression.
What Causes Job Burnout?
- Work-Life Imbalance – Work can take up so much of your time that you don’t have time to spend with your family and friends. This can quickly lead to burnout.
- Lack of Support – Feeling isolated at work and in your personal life can make you feel more stressed.
- Lack of Control – Being unable to influence decisions that affect your jobs such as your schedule, assignments, or workload – could lead to job burnout.
- Extreme of Activity – When a job is monotonous or chaotic you need constant energy to remain focused and this can lead to fatigue and job burnout.
How to Avoid the Dreaded Burnout?
You should be setting goals, of course, but those goals should not cause you to stress excessively.
Be realistic about your limitations and expectations that you set for yourself.
Remember, you are only human and as humans, there is only so much we can do at any given time.
So set goals for yourself but don’t set them too high.
These goals should be challenging so you can feel a sense of accomplishment once you complete them.
But don’t overdo it.
Balancing work and life can be very hectic and overwhelming. If you don’t have to do it alone then don’t.
Reach out to family and friends for help with not just your everyday responsibilities.
You may find that someone in your circle can be very helpful to your blogging business.
As a new blogger, you probably have a lot of things you are doing to get your blog off the ground.
Maybe you could use a Pinterest manager, an assistant, or someone to simply babysit while you work on your blog.
The point is, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Take Time to Relax
Relax, relax, relax. I can’t say it enough. Relax!
This is so important because burnout is a result of excessive stress and may leave you feeling fatigued.
Relaxation can make the worse of situations, better.
This kind of goes hand in hand with seeking support.
You need to be able to take a step back and have some time where you don’t have to deal with the stresses of work.
Binge watch your favorite show, bake a cake, or do anything that you find to be relaxing.
Create a Schedule
Sometimes writing things down and being able to see those things on paper motivates you to get them done.
If you are anything like me, you have no problem creating a schedule.
The problem is when you actually try to stick to it.
It seems that there is always something that comes up and throws me off my game.
If you plan well and work hard to stick with your plans, things will go a lot smoother and you will be a lot less stressed.
Try purchasing a planner for all your reminders, appointments and to-dos.
Get Some Exercise
Exercising can help take your mind off things and it can make you feel really good.
Exercise can help you prevent burnout by giving you the added strength to better cope with stress.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Missing out on sleep can mess up a lot of things. Trust me, I know, because I am the Queen of Naps.
If I don’t get my nap each day, nothing else tends to go right for me. So sleep is very important.
Sleep keeps you healthy and helps you to feel rejuvenated.
There go 6 ways you can avoid the dreaded burnout, all while getting more done!
Over to you! What tip was your favorite way to avoid burnout? Let me know in the comments!
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