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!