I have a lot of friends that have been burned out on blogging, reading and social media. It’s an ongoing fight. Right now I’m trying hard to get past the burnout phase and back into my reading mojo phase. It’s a challenge in coming up with new content for my blog, Instagram, and I’m terrified to even look at my Netgalley!
Burnout happens. I’m not sure why, but maybe it’s the stress. The boredom. The repetition of doing the same sh*t different day. All in the hopes of making money, gaining popularity, and making a name for yourself. I’m still not at a thousand followers. I’m barely, barely past 600. Instagram I have 135. Twitter? Just past 300. I’m a small fish struggling to keep up with the school of popularity around me.
So what to do?
Ignoring what it says on Google (exercise being top of the list as usual because obviously that’s what’s wrong with us and let’s not forget eating healthy and being social-ha! In this day and age? Please. No thank. I’m trying to avoid Covid.) The first things I’m going to suggest are very different from that of Google.
1. Take a step back and breathe. Calm down. It’s not a competition. Yes, I know it feels like you have to be the best but you also need to be yourself and yourself needs to take a deep breath and relax.
2. Rethink. Recall why your doing what you’re doing. Give yourself a week to get a clear head, then dive back into your passion/hobby. Focus. Relax. Calm. You got this.
3. Block Twitter. It’s dragging you down. Making your mental health stress you the f out. Seriously. Put down Twitter and step away from YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. You don’t need all that negativity-or positivity!- in your life. Seeing how amazingly well people are doing or the awful news in the world, is not good for you.
3a) I understand that there are blog tours and the like so use Twitter sparingly for your bookish related items.
4. Make a list of ideas for your blog. It doesn’t have to be anything flawless, but just a start of a vague sense of accomplishment may help you feel better about all this.
5. Don’t force it. If you need a break because of burnout, you’re allowed a break. A week, a month, whatever. Go do other things for a while and you can come back to this later. It’s not the end of the world if you skip posting something on a frequent basis.
6. Do fun things. Play games. De-stress, and focus on finding something to do that’s not gonna cause more stress. Watch your favorite films. Do something away from social media for a while.
That’s all I have for now on burnouts. If you have more tips and ideas, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book