As a Blogger, being busy just comes with the territory, am I right? Whether you just started or you’ve been in the journey for a while, it is VERY easy to get overwhelmed throughout your blogging business. BUT, this post is going to help you beat blogger burnout with the one thing every single ChicaBlogger needs in her Treasure Chest: SELF-CARE RESOURCES!
Self-care strategy? For👏🏾 my👏🏾 Blog?! Yes, Chica. You got it!
Self-care is something that needs to be prioritized, scheduled, and executed daily in your intentional ChicaBlogging Routine (and overall Life in general, honestly.) It’s something that’s going to help YOU remain (consistently) ultra-productive, derive creativity in times of difficult ruts, fight challenging overwhelm, and truly help YOU find that ChicaBalance that ALL ChicaBloggers are constantly searching for in their ever-changing ChicaLife!
So, keep on reading this ChicaBlog Post to learn 7 different strategies in how YOU can incorporate Self-care into your life (right now) as a ChicaBlogger. PLUS, you'll gain authentic insight into my OWN Personal ChicaStruggle with Self-care that resulted in me vigorously Writing this particular ChicaBlog Post!
Between creating effective content, building targeted traffic, managing your Time, running your social media, marketing with your Pinterest, and starting new ChicaAdventures + ChicaBusiness projects --- we ALL know what it feels like when we’ve gone way above our ChicaLimit in our OWN ChicaBlogging Endeavors.
We have a million ideas spinning in our heads at once. All the way from ChicaBlog Posts, email opt-ins, a ChicaVlog series, ChicaPartnerships (Amigas), ChicaMarketing Strategies, or new Opportunities to make money with our ChicaBlog. We scribble the ideas into our planner for the month and tell ourselves we can get it ALL done. We may start out ChicaStrong, motivated, and positive but halfway through we feel utterly drained and totally incapable.
Our OWN version of ChicaBlogger Anxiety and real Burn-Out sets in. Immediately after that, the full-on panic comes on because we feel the need to keep going, keep going, keep going in order to stay fully caught up with our ChicaBlog and reach our own ChicaDream (one ChicaGoal at a time).
Do you feel me, Chica? Am I the only one who has experienced these difficult Roadblocks?
Before I dive ALL 7 of my Chica Self-care Tips, I'm going to share MY personal, real struggle with Blogger's Burnout that I've dealt with in my own Life. It was nearing the end of the 2018 year. I had just returned from an extended vagabonding trip throughout Europe with my husband, John Luke. I was at the TOP of my game mentally, socially, and with my ChicaBusiness. I was active on Instagram, Facebook, and my Personal ChicaBusiness offers like my ChicaPresets Package.
Then, the New Year of 2019 quickly started. I had TONS of ChicaGoals in mind like launching my ChicaAcademy program, ChicaPartnerships on my ChicaBlog, diving further into Affiliate Marketing, growing my Social Media Marketing skills, etc. I am typically always on when it comes to my ChicaBusiness ready to attack the next adventure.
In my head, ALL these Plans seemed totally doable. I wrote out my ChicaGoals for the month of January. Then, I strategized each project I needed to Focus significant Energy on (creating ChicaAcademy, searching for mutually-beneficial ChicaPartnerships, etc.)
Then, one day I had some major ChicaContent editing issues. With Tech-related tasks, we can often encounter issues, but this situation hit me h-a-r-d. I had a important deadline to meet!!! I was not going to miss this deadline and thus disappoint my ChicaAudience!
After pulling an actual "All-nighter", successfully getting my ChicaContent up within my planned deadline, and (finally) sitting down to simply breathe (for what felt like the FIRST time in hours...maybe even days) I INSTANTLY recognized my complete and total mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion.
I WAS ABSOLUTELY BURNT OUT. I WASN'T PRACTICING PERSONAL SELF-CARE...
Though I felt TRULY excited about what I'd accomplished, I also felt like a zombie. I felt extremely lost, completely unfocused, and very confused.
So, I spent a weekend practicing FULL Self-awareness and TRULY focusing on my own needs.
During this time of Self-reflection, I sat in silence, I listened to my favorite music like Mumford and Sons, I prayed, I got a massage, and I meditated. It's simply incredible what happens when we each get out of our own head and into our own heart...when we just breathe. When we breathe Deep, Long, Mindful breathes.
It felt extremely strange not technically spending time on my ChicaGoals. Even for just a few days. But that is my takeaway story and I hope it helps any bloggers struggling with the same thing. Being very mindful of your own stress levels & real energy is so vital.
Now, I'm going to share 7 strategies for practicing self-care (and thus self-love, too.) These are ALL geared towards ChicaBloggers/ ChicaEntrepreneurs, but they can definitely relate to anyone!!!
This should be defined from Day 1 of getting your blog orchestrated. Before you get a blog platform, before you write posts, and before you do anything with your blog. What gets you excited? What is a problem you want to punch in the face that you can do something about? Why do you want to have a blogging business?
Having a mission statement and clearly defined why not only keeps you from getting as overwhelmed, but it brings you energy, direction, and motivation when you need it the most. Along with this, it keeps you focused on your purpose -long-term- not just current needs.
We all fall into this at least some point in our journey. NO ONE can do it all. No, not even you, Chica. I learned that that difficult way when I realized I was way too go, go, go with my ChicaGoals + ideas.
Not every opportunity that comes your way has to be a YES at that very moment. Create a place where you can jot down ALL your fresh ideas, whether it’s in your notebook, one of your phone apps, in your planner, etc. Save certain ideas for another time when they better align with your ChicaGoals for that month or week.
Let's say you get 6 ChicaPartnership opportunities in one week. Need you say YES to ALL of them?! Would saying YES to ALL of them be very realistic? Will you have Time to breathe and give out your very best effort? Do these brands align with your ChicaMission + ideas/goals for the month? Does working with them ACTUALLY benefit your ChicaAudience? Or, will taking ALL these opportunities simply give you some extra cash flow?
Think about these things and then make a ChicaSmart decision. You have to consider your ChicaAudience, always, and what your ChicaBlog is truly all about!!!
Setting goals gives you motivation, accountability & perseverance. Plan out month-by-month what you want to accomplish. Baby steps, Chica!!! I would not recommend planning the entire year out in advance, because you cannot predict what will happen. It's far more powerful to set quarterly or monthly goals that are realistic and align with your ChicaMission.
What to consider when planning your ChicaGoals:
Then you can plan out weekly + daily goals depending on your flow and adjust accordingly depending on what direction your blog moves.
Set your ChicaGoals with Intention & Passion. This is a BIG tip, and it's why the "ChicaSMART" method really helps. Ask yourself how + why you want these particular ChicaGoals to happen and if they’re going to help YOU move closer to where you see yourself in the future. AlWAYS cultivate your ChicaBlogging Business based off a long-term ChicaSuccess.
You have to incorporate a schedule into your Business, or you will become so frustrated and unproductive. I always write things down on pen and paper, that's just my jam. But you can use Google Docs to map out your schedule for the week. Just find what works for YOU!
Yes, breaks should be a part of your schedule. Breaks are something I've always struggled with when it comes to my ChicaBlog. I'm the type of person that is on GO until something is complete. I used to have the very warped mentality that breaks = being unproductive. But, I’ve come to realize that LACK of breaks and a Self-care strategy has actually slowed me down + stressed me out far more!!!
I also make sure to take breaks in the morning, when I start my day --- and I start slow. I take a lunch break. Then, in the evening when I exercise + make dinner --- I take a break.
Sometimes you might reach a point where you need to take an extended break…as in a couple days, a week, or even weeks. This. is. OKAY! You are not a “bad ChicaBlogger” or failing. You are a smart ChicaBlogger that is taking care of herself. Return to your ChicaBlog when you are ready and prepared to jump back in!
I would recommend this very important tip: TELL your ChicaAudience when you take these extended breaks. They should be a part of your ChicaStory and they want to be!!! Communicating with your ChicaAudience shows actual Consistency, true genuine Relationships, and real Respect. ALL of which set the foundation for a successful money-making ChicaBlogging Business.
Having a support system is essential for Self-care as a busy ChicaBlogger.
Knowing you’re not alone on YOUR ChicaJourney is KEY. If you are surrounded by people that just don’t get it, think Blogging is a joke, a waste a time, a silly excuse for a job…please separate yourself from that BAD energy. You do not need it, Chica!!!
Having a authentic, positive, supportive Community is EVERYTHING when you hit points in your ChicaBlogging journey where you feel like giving up. I have certainly been there. My support system kept me from quitting. Have an inspiring group of people who GET you, love you, and respect you - who you can reach out to in times of need. This is honestly the most rewarding part of ChicaBlogging. Find your FELLOW ChicaSisters!
Several Ways to Find a Support System:
SO important. I will be the first one to raise my hand and admit to you guys that I’m really bad at this. Doing things that ARE NOT BLOGGING are SO important to your creative juices + mental health. Why? Because it will help you recharge like a battery, brings you inspiration, and makes you joyful. Focus your attention on other things that make you FEEL fully ALIVE + truly JOYFUL. This makes you FAR more excited to return to your ChicaBlog and will motivate YOU to come up with Fresh ideas for your ChicaAudience.
Here are a few Non-blogging things that I like:
You know you need Self-care, but cannot gather up the drive to actually take action? You need a good kick in the bootayy, Chica!!
I love challenges that I can follow along with via simple pieces of wisdom in my email inbox. There are so many challenges available out there that you can follow along with. An example would be Ampersand's 30 Day Self-Care Challenge.
I share even MORE useful Self-care hacks in my Free ChicaMasterclass!!! If this interests you, join my email list here to learn more! 🙃
1. Define Your Why
2. Slow Down Your YES
3. Realistic ChicaGoal Setting
4. Take Breaks in Your Schedule
5. Have a Support System
6. Incorporate Non-Blogging Activities
7. Take a Self-Care Challenge
What ways do YOU practice regular Self-care? Please share them below, so we can ALL learn more ways to prevent future ChicaBlogger Burnouts! Let's collaborate 🙃
Make sure YOU Bookmark this ChicaBlog Post to have when YOU need a place to turn in times of feeling overwhelmed and lacking in Self-care. Remember, Chica: Getting burned-out is TOTALLY NORMAL. But, it can be strategically prevented with Self-care strategies like the ones in THIS ChicaBlog Post. 🙂
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