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7 Easy Ways To Look After Your Well-being As a Blogger

Despite very adamantly saying that blogging is not the hardest job in the world in last month’s blogging pet peeves post, there’s absolutely no doubt that blogging can be stressful. So much baggage comes with putting yourself online. Let alone trying to build a readership and sometimes a business at the same time. So it’s important to look after your well-being as a blogger.

I realise to non-bloggers that might sound very “generation snowflake” but unless you’re a blogger yourself, you won’t really understand the extent of what’s involved. Blogging is great. There’s a reason so many people make careers out of it. But it also comes with a lot of sh*t. And can make huge mental and physical affects on you.

You need to look after your well-being in any walk of life. But blogging is what I know so here are 7 ways to look after your well-being as a blogger:

Nip the comparison flower in the bud early

Comparing yourself to every other blogger on the planet is fucking exhausting. Trust me. It makes you feel like utter crap and you end up not working to the best of your ability because you’re so preoccupied with how envious you are of everyone.

Jealousy doesn’t have to be a negative emotion. You can certainly make it work to your advantage and small doses of jealousy and envy can even make you work harder and better. But that all-consuming jealousy that comes on every now and again won’t serve you in any way.

Concentrate on your achievements, not your failures

This ties in quite well with the above. Seeing so many people achieve amazing things when you don’t personally feel like you’re achieving much at all, well that’s just kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck-fantastic. Chances are, you have actually achieved bloody incredible things. But you’re blindsided by everyone else.

Celebrating your own achievements is something I do by the bucketful. Whether it’s tweeting about a milestone you’ve just hit or just privately noting it down in your journal. It’s a really important factor in how to look after your well-being as a blogger. Mental well-being in particular.

But learn from them in a healthy way

And you need to know right from the get-go that not everything will be a success. Sometimes you will fail miserably but that’s okay. We’ve all done it. I started a whole business which I closed down because I ended up resenting it. I’m not ashamed of that because it was a huge learning curve.

So, it’s worth just knowing now that you will fuck up. You’ll try something and it won’t work. You’ll start a new series on your blog that doesn’t get the reaction you hoped for. You’ll have an idea for a project which you’ll give up on. Whatever it is, accept the failure. Take the lessons from it. And move on. Don’t dwell.

 

Remember that the mute and block buttons are your best friends

People online just LOVE to give unwanted advice or make useless nasty comments. And those people are who the mute and block buttons were made for. I’ve really utilized the mute button over the last year and it’s helped me SO much. Of course I’ve muted people who are problematic but also people who just downright annoy me.

And that’s OKAY. It’s okay to mute someone or block someone who impacts your mental well-being negatively. You don’t even have to give a reason. That’s the beauty of the internet.

Look After Your Well-being As a Blogger

Prioritize social media down time

This can be a toughie, especially if blogging (or any other online profession like social media manager) is your job. And probably on I struggle with the most. But if you’re ALWAYS on social media for your blog (which is fine), I think it’s worth setting some boundaries.

For example, I have my screen time limits set for 9pm. So all social media apps get turned off at 9. Of course I can override them if I really need to but I really try not to. At least this gives me from 9pm to focus on other things and there are less distractions when I’m trying to spend time with my boyfriend (who works long hours) too.

Have other hobbies

Another one I struggle with quite a lot (see I’m not perfect despite what you might think… *wink*). Blogging is an amazing hobby as it is. But whether it’s your hobby or your job, for the sake of your own well-being, I think its important to have other hobbies beside blogging to fall back on.

If the internet broke forever tomorrow, you’d be a bit stuck, basically. I tend to get a bit all-consumed by blogging. Which is good during working hours because it means I love what I’m doing. But as soon as I stop, I struggle to do anything else. But I love reading and gaming in particular, which I want to make more time for!

Move your body

And finally, a physical one. If you love blogging as much as I do and particularly if it’s your job, you’re going to be spending a LOT of time at your computer. It’s important to look after you well-being as a blogger both mentally and physically. So if like me, you’re just a potato, then make sure you move your body and have breaks!

As you know, I love Yoga. And it really breaks up my day and helps my productivity in the long run. But you can always go for a run or try and fit in a fitness class a couple of times a week too! Your blog will still be there when you get back. And you’ll feel better.

How do you look after your well-being as a blogger? Do you do any of the above or have any other handy tips to share?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

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  2. I LOVE the mute button because, unlike the block button, Twitter users can’t see that you’ve muted them (I don’t think?!) so it doesn’t cause any unnecessary drama!

    1. Absolutely ๐Ÿ˜Œ And no, they canโ€™t see!

  3. bethany jane says:

    I hope you haven’t muted me… haha! I’d understand if you did tbh I annoy myself so much on social media that my downtime turning on is actually a blessing! You’re so right though, muting and blocking is there for a reason. I’ve also always struggled with comparison which makes me lazy and inconsistent, but I love that you’ve reminded me to celebrate what I have achieved. I tend to forget about that and I need to be more grateful! (And also I am a huge potato so thank you for encouraging me to move more!)
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    1. Hahahaha youโ€™re welcome! And no I havenโ€™t muted you ๐Ÿ˜‡

  4. This is a great post because even if you’re just blogging for fun, it takes so much work to run your blog & it can impact your well-being.
    Since my master’s program is online plus I have my blog, I’m on my laptop A LOT so I definitely agree with spending time outside. My daughter’s kindergarten is a 30 minute walk away so I’m out for around an hour before getting to work on everything then an hour after & of course I have lunch break.
    I also agree with having hobbies outside of blogging! I love blogging, but some days I just need a break & so like you I like to read or play video games!

    Karalee
    Tales of Belle

    1. That’s great that you have that time to spend outside going to and from your daughters kindergarten. A nice way to break up the day!

  5. Kamber Shaffer says:

    I find having set hours to work helps me. Down time from social media is so important for my mental health though. I could have a more consistent online presence though.

    1. I definitely need to work on my downtime more!

  6. Oooh, the comparison thing is an horrendous problem to have. It makes you feel awful whenever you post something and the engagement is poor. I’ve been taking more social media breaks during the day so fingers crossed!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. It sure is awfulB

  7. I’ve used mute a lot lately just to protect my mental health!

    Love, Amie โค

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Itโ€™s such a valuable button!

  8. As a author and a blogger this is great advice, you have to look after yourself. I’ve gone back to painting as a hobby and have filled sketchbooks with drawing. xxx

    1. Sounds like a great idea!

  9. The mute button is so helpful when I’m struggling with envy but I like a person. A couple of weeks later, I feel much better and can un-mute!
    Imogenโ€™s Typewriter <3

    1. Yes I do the same thing!

  10. I am definitely somebody who focus on their failures and not their achievements, it’s something I certainly need to work on! I usually stay away from social media in the evenings when I’m having down time, it’s good to keep away from it for a part of your day xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. I totally agree!

  11. Oh my Goodness, you do not know how much I needed to read this post today!! Even after 4 years, I feel the comparison bug creep in and it’s just so unhealthy and toxic!
    Rosie

  12. I have such an up and down relationship with comparison. I go ages without comparing at all then suddenly I’m comparing everything! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  13. I’m a real advocate for being your own cheerleader too, nothing wrong with celebrating milestones and accomplishments as it’s hugely motivating x

  14. Macey Gloria says:

    The “kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck-fantastic” reference is my favvvv :’) One of the reasons I look up to you as a blogger is because you celebrate your own achievements!! I think that’s amazing, and I know it’s part of the reason why I like to do the same–whether on social media or privately. Taking time off from staring at Twitter or Instagram does wonders; I’m totally with you there. All of these self-care tips are amazing!!

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

    1. Awh thank you and so glad you got the reference ๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. Love all of these. So applicable for other areas of life too.

    1. They sure are!

  16. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I one hundred percent agree girl, mute and block buttons in my years of blogging have come in so handy, sometimes you really don’t need to see certain things and some people are just full of bad vibes haha. I’ve also found that steering away from the numbers game has helped me so much, it’s so easy to get bogged down in it!
    Kayleigh Zara ๐ŸŒฟ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    1. Ugh there are some people that have more bad vibes than hair follicles!

  17. Mandi Schneck says:

    My biggest thing is to remember to relax. As a book blogger, I often freak out when my TBR gets too big and I fall behind on review copies, like the publishers are going to be disappointed in me or something, so I have to remember it’s not that serious and life happens.

    1. Absolutely. There’s bigger things to worry about sometimes!

  18. I unfollow people now whereas before I’d keep them there cos Id be worried about it but I think having your own feed is so important xx

    1. Totally. I have no problem unfollowing anymore!

  19. Comparison is the big one I deal with. I am constantly second guessing myself because someone else is doing something, and getting better results. There’s no point because everyone grows at their own pace. I also struggle with downtime, but luckily my boyfriend has convinced me to give Minecraft a go. The stress reducing results have been amazing.

    1. Yesss gaming is amazing for stress relief!

  20. Love these, especially the part about blocking and deleting and having other hobbies! Great tips. Thanks for a good post. Iโ€™m not a new blogger by any means, but even I forget to do this stuff sometimes.

    1. Oh neither am I and so do I! We all need a little reminder every now and again.

  21. Thanks for sharing! xx

    1. You’re welcome x

  22. These are all such amazing tips! I definitely agree with nipping the comparison game in the bud early- I think we’re all guilty of it sometimes. I’m guilty of not having any other hobbies though, blogging just takes up so much time!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    1. Oh same! I’m trying to find another hobby but it’s so hard!

  23. Iโ€™m definitely guilty of not focussing on my achievements rather than failures – need to work on that!

    1. You really do!

  24. willowtalk says:

    Really useful advice! I’m quite new to this. My top tip is don’t get waylaid blogging about what you think people want, just write about the things you are passionate about. That way blogging never has to be a chore. Great article, I can’t wait to read more of your stuff!

    1. I don’t necessarily agree with that as blogging is my job so I have to look at it differently. But if it’s a hobby, then definitely!

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