10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 26, 2016

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Whether blogging is your full-time career, a side hustle, or a hobby—it’s important to give yourself some time for self care throughout the process. Today I’m sharing some self-care tips I practice as a blogger, and how you can incorporate them into your routine. For my fellow bloggers, you will be able to add a little bliss to your life knowing you’re balancing your blog and everything in between.

1| Don’t let blogging get in the way

By this I mean, don’t let blogging become your only focus. There is so much more to life than your blog. Don’t let it become priority over your children, spouse, family, friends or your well-being altogether. It’s important to love your blog and give it your all, but don’t lose track of the big picture. Remember to balance your blog, family, friends and time for yourself.

2| Step back when you’re stressed

If posting five days a week stresses you out, and you haven’t been able to sleep well for weeks on end—change your posting schedule to three time a week. If you have a lot going on in your personal life, take a step back from your blog and focus on what you need to focus on in your life. It’s okay to time when life becomes too much. Your readers will be forgiving!

3| Take social media breaks

I take my social media breaks on the weekends. For me, taking a break from social media is important because it can be the most stressful component of blogging. Having two or three days where you’re not worrying about Twitter chats, relevant hashtags, and creating gorgeous, Instagram-worthy content is helpful for your self-care routine as a blogger.

4| Unplug consistently

Whether you set an alarm for 8 p.m. and unplug, or you don’t go on social media at all two days a week—make sure you unplug from social media. Blogging isn’t just about writing posts and taking photos. It’s all-consuming with the addition of social media. Don’t feel like you need to be “on the clock” with social media seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Give yourself time when you unplug from the digital world completely and rest.

5| Be mindful and focused

When I talk about “mindfulness,” I ask that you are present when you’re blogging. Stay focused when you do set aside two hours for writing that new post you’re excited about. Don’t let your mind wander, play YouTube videos in the background. Have no distractions so that when you’re done blogging, you will feel accomplished and satisfied.

6| Have a schedule

Many bloggers work on their blog every day for more than eight hours a day because there are posts to write, photos to edit and social media content to create. Instead, focus on creating a schedule for blogging so that you’re not over-working yourself. For example, work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on everything blogging-related, then give yourself time to focus on cooking, cleaning and other life commitments.

7| Stop comparing yourself

Don’t look at another blogger and play the comparison game. “She has such a beautiful Instagram theme. Maybe I don’t have as many followers because my theme isn’t like hers.” This is only one example, but there are so many ways you can compare yourself to other bloggers in the community. Remember, your blog, theme, and posts are completely original to what YOU want and that’s wonderful. Don’t compare yourself and put yourself down.

8|Schedule off-screen time

Between your laptop, iPhone, TV, etc. there is so much time we spend staring at a screen. Make sure you have time every day when you’re away from your electronics. Get outside for a walk, do a workout at home, read, go out for coffee with your friend, have a spontaneous date night, or visit family. Enjoy time offline and don’t forget to have a life outside of your blog.

9| Take time/days off

How many bloggers do something for their blog (even if it’s only 30 minutes of work) at some point during the day. You need time off. You deserve time off and you deserve a break from blogging. You won’t hard every day, and you need to let your mind recharge from its work. Schedule days off when you don’t work on your blog or stress about your blog either.

10|Take time for yourself

While you’re juggling your blog, work, family, friends, and everything else in life, don’t forget that you need time for YOURSELF! Schedule time for self care whether that’s treating yourself to a massage, creating a workout routine, or having a hobby you enjoy. Don’t forget to give yourself a little love because you’re doing great even if you don’t think you are. Remember that!

What tips would you add to the list? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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  • Tara Berries

    Scheduling offscreen time is really important for me. I can be a bit obsessive about my blog. Great tips!

    • Thank you, Tara! Off screen time is huge for me to recharge as a blogger!

  • Michelle Lynn

    Great tips. I have never been a fan of social media until I became a blogger. I used to be very aware of unplugging and getting away from the screen time, but now it’s just been a constant grind to try to build my followers up. I will start taking more breaks for sure.

    • Thank you! I think social media has definitely impacted me and my life when I became a blogger, but now I make sure it doesn’t take up all my time.

  • Jenine Isa

    YEs yes yes!! So important not to get caught up in comparison hangover and even more important to schedule time away form blogging. I just treat it like a conventional job that starts and ends at a certain time each day.

    • Comparing myself to other bloggers only made me feel worse about myself and my blog and the content I was producing! But it is okay not to be like every other blogger you admire! Being yourself and having a unique blog is perfectly fine!

  • Love these tips! I actually took a year off blogging which I think was good for me but now I’m ready to dive back in!

    • Thank you for your comment, Carly! A year off is definitely great if you know you needed the time! Glad to know you’re back!

  • I take social media breaks on the weekends too! It’s so nice to have some time away from the computer

    • Yes! And you have time to enjoy with your family, friends, or spending time alone! I definitely need it to recharge!

  • These are all great tips! I unplug every single day. I cannot look at my phone before bed, it really keeps me up at night, so I usually get in bed and read. That helps me sleep so much!

    • Thank you for your comment! I try hard to stay off my phone past 10 p.m. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t–haha! Always looking to improve!

  • Great tips! I’ve found that unplugging and taking days off really helps!

    • It truly does! It helps you come back to your blog refreshed and ready to create content you’ll love! Thank you for your comment, Rachel!

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    I really need to unplug for awhile…great tips…

    • Make sure to schedule in time where you do unplug from the online world!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    This is so important! I definitely needed to read this today. I have been going and going and need to stop and take care of myself. Thanks for sharing these!

    • I’m so happy to hear this helped you out! Thank you for your comment!

  • good list! i’m not a full-time blogger (not even close) but i still follow a lot of these (taking breaks, stepping back when stressed, also not pressuring/stressing myself over it). i really love to write, share, create and engage but if it’s a bad time, it’s a bad time — and i need to be OK with that. 🙂

    • Thank you, Allison! I consider myself a part-time blogger because I also have a full-time job. So between work, blogging and other commitments, consistent breaks and time off are huge for me!

  • Cassie

    SUCH A GOOD LIST!
    I took a much needed break from blogging, and it only made me realize that I really do love doing it and wanted to go back!
    Love this post! All bloggers should read it.

    • Thank you for your comment, Cassie! I think regular blogging breaks and social media breaks are HUGE for my sanity as a blogger.

  • Lauren Norton

    Great tips! I find it super hard to keep up with social media consistently but not overwhelmingly. I either do too much or burn out and leave it alone for over a week. I definitely need to make a schedule and set up a balance for it all.

    • Thank you! Social media can be a little challenging because we always feel like we need to be up-to-date. Sometimes, it better to take a break for it! Thank you for your comment, Lauren!

  • These are great tips especially the first one. I find myself so wrapped up in my blog sometimes that relationships get pushed aside. I’ll have to change this.

    • YES! You never want to lose friends, family or any other relationship because you only care about the online world.

  • This is a great list! I used to blog five days a week, but a year or so ago I realized that I wasn’t sleeping as much as I should, so I started posting only three days a week. It was one of the best decisions I made for my blog! 🙂

    • Three days a week is usually the magic number for bloggers and posting content. I go between three and two days depending on what work looks life, travel, etc.

  • #7 is a MUST! Comparison is definitely the “thief of joy.”

  • Yes to ALL of these! I try to unplug from my computer on Friday and Saturday to give myself a little time away from the blog.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • I always try to do the same for a little extra unplugging time!

  • This is such a great post, Kiara! I definitely agree we all need to unplug and create a schedule and adhere to it! It can be so easy to get caught up in the blogging vortex and want to focus our efforts 24/7- especially with social media, but you have to take breaks and remember to live your life! Great reminder! 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment, Cara! I think social media has definitely changed the game of blogging because we’re constantly plugged into social media and working when we need more time to relax and recover.

  • Shani Ogden

    I’m still trying to figure out how to balance blogging with everything else I have going on. I like these suggestions and need to implement more of them.

    • If you ever need additional tips, or need more suggestions on how to incorporate them in your life–feel free to reach out!

  • These tips are all so important! Blogging can get super overwhelming sometimes and it’s easy to “lose yourself” so to speak. My big issue is taking breaks when I need them. My blog went from 100 monthly page views to 10k so quickly and I instantly became burnt out. So I literally just took the entire summer off to recuperate lol it’s good to have that balance.

    • Thank you so much for your comment! Balance is something I have also struggled with in the past, but with a little trial and error–you can easily get your life balanced and back on track.

  • Taking some time off is really important! And I feel that comparing can be really stressful! Great tips. Thanks! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your comment! And yes, bloggers definitely need to take time off!

  • Dylan

    “Stop comparing yourself” Yess! So difficult for me in blogging even though I live with this mantra in other life domains. There is a fine line between others inspiring vs. comparing to them.

    • EXACTLY! This is so important because comparison can rob us of so much joy.

  • Not comparing is key! I agree that we all need breaks.

    • Breaks have helped me so much as a blogger because I’m never burnt out from blogging and creating.

  • #1 right off the bat is a zinger! Your blog is not your life. Even if your blog is your full-time job (like me), it cannot and should not override your LIFE. Life has so much more in it…the same way you wouldn’t let your 9-to-5 become all you ever think about or do, gotta keep the blog in check similarly! Sharing this on Twitter, Kiara!

    Coming Up Roses

    • So happy this resonated with you, Erica! I love that bloggers are finding this helpful because it can be difficult to NOT make your blog your life–especially if it is your full-time job!

  • All of these tips are so on point! I got caught up in a comparison game for about 30 minutes and had to remind myself that our goals are not the same nor is our time to devote to our blog. Stepping away from the screen is another thing I have been working on lately, because there are so many posts I want to read and find inspiration for future posts. When I am on a roll, it can be hard to step away from it. Pinning for other blogger friends! 🙂

    • Yes! I couldn’t agree with you more, Erin! My biggest thing is that I would be attached to a screen for days because I always wanted to keep reading more posts, finding inspiration, and looking for ways to spark my creativity. When in reality, this burned me out of time, energy and creativity. Breaks and off-screen time are now essential for my blogging process–and I’m glad you have learned that as well as a blogger.

  • Jamie Dalton

    This is so important! Social media can be so much fun but also takes a lot from you. It’s bad when you end up feeling run down from all of the stress from social media. I love this!

  • #4 is my hardest!! And I always take Sundays off no matter what!!

    • Sundays are definitely meant for relaxing, and catching up on life before a new week begins! Glad we both have this mentality!

  • These are all such great tips. I think blogging breaks can be really important. I just took an 11 day vacation, and while I scheduled a few posts I didn’t touch the blog otherwise. Didn’t look at stats, social media, etc. The break was needed but beyond that my blog still did really well while I was away!

    • That’s so awesome you were able to see positive stats from your blog even while you were on vacation! I think people get caught up in numbers SO MUCH in blogging when in reality–numbers aren’t everything. If you have quality content and you’re consistent, the readers will come to your blog!

  • Such great tips! I always feel reenergized after taking a small break or unplugging for awhile. It’s important to make yourself a priority!

    • I’m been working on this so much with balancing my job, blogging and everything else in between. Happy to know you’ve been taking breaks from blogging when necessary.

  • Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin

    It’s a blog eat, blog word right? I feel like if I’m not doing something to share or promote myself I’m falling behind. It’s easy to get overwhelmed but we do need to step back and see the big picture. Things like family, events and in-the-moment things sometimes need to take precedence over social media. Great post!

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m so happy this post was able to spark some of that “big picture” mentality in your system. Family, friends, health are all important and we need to realize that blogging can become a priority over the things that truly matter most!

  • I am not so good about scheduling time off, but I know it is SO much better when I take the time to do a little self care as a blogger. Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder! You rock!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

    • Thank you, Molly! So happy to know you were able to find some encouragement and inspiration from this post to apply yo your own life!

  • Bree

    These are great tips,. It is so easy to lose track of how long you’ve been working on your blog. You can sit down and start at 930 next time you look at the clock and its 230 and you need to collect the kids from school but you haven’t done any cleaning or afternoon/dinner prep!

    • YES! It’s funny how we can get so wrapped up into our work that we forget about life happening around us. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed reading this!

  • I love all of these suggestions! I try to do a good job of balancing life with blogging and my job but I’m definitely guilty of always being attached to social media. I need to get better at that.

    • Shannon, thank you for your comment. I love knowing you’ve enjoyed reading and that you were able to find some encouragement for yourself to balance blogging and other life commitments.

  • Ivanna

    These are excellent tips and things I try to implement for self-care. Sometimes I just like to get away and pray or walk to relax my mind.

    • Self-care is always a priority for me. I’m so happy you feel the same way about this!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I need to start taking time off from blogging. As you said, I’m one of those people that is constantly on my phone or computer “just checking” to see what’s going on!

    • YES! And I used to be the same way, but I’m always trying to take time away from social media, blogging, etc. to get other things done.

  • Janella Panchamsingh

    Great tips to keep my sanity while blogging I follow alot of these already because I have a family and other priorities that take first place. These are great tips for bloggers who are just starting out.

    • Thank you so much! So happy to know this helped you and enjoyed reading it!

  • These are such great tips! I think it’s SO important to remember that blogging is not your entire world. There is so much else in life that needs your attention and you need to take time to focus on you.

    La Belle Sirene

    • Thank you, Courtney! I’m so glad you understand where I’m coming from with these tips!

  • Yes!! This is 100% what I am all about! I’m actually almost wrapping up a self-love blogging series!!

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