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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.

94 Comments

  1. justthegameoflife says:

    I need to stop the comparison game and I think I would be happier. Also not being so tough on myself and impatient

    1. You totally would be!

  2. Great tips as always! Social media is the one I struggle with the most – I’d got really good at avoiding it but once I started my blog I haven’t been able to get off it! Even with scheduling tools I still feel like I’m not helping my blog to grow if I’m not on it and I need to get it into my head that I don’t need to be growing it constantly and it’s perfectly okay to take a break. I might take your advice for switching everything off at 9pm (though I think I’ll need to redownload Offtime to keep me from being sneaky haha)

    1. Totally agree, you don’t need to be online 24/7 to grow a successful blog!

  3. These are some great tips!
    I think it’s hard for non-bloggers to understand how stressful it can be.

    I especially like your tip on setting screen time limits. I really need to start doing this.

    I know I’ve been guilty in the past of comparing myself to other bloggers, but the longer I’ve been blogging the more I’ve found my groove. Now I only click publish on posts which I’m proud of, and that’s definitely helped me.

    1. That’s a great tip to only publish posts you’re proud of!

  4. Great list, Jen. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Over the last year, I deleted all my social media except for Facebook and Pinterest. For me, having so many makes me feel obligated to spend more time talking to people than on my blog or writing.

    With less points of contact, I actually find myself able to focus more. x

    1. It’s great that that’s worked for you!

  5. Love these, being new as a blogger I find myself getting into the computing trap. Itโ€™s easy to be hard on yourself when you arenโ€™t getting the exposure you hoped for. We are our own worst critics

    1. We sure are!

  6. I am so so guilty of the comparison game! But I’ve learned to turn it around in my favour – as I’ve started to understand more of the mechanics behind views, followers etc I’m able to look and go “oh, they manage to spend a lot more time online interacting than I do” or “oh they manage to juggle multiple SM which I can’t” and for me that becomes comforting as I recognise my own limitations

    Fortunately (unfortunately?) my body doesn’t let me sit still for too long (partly because I don’t have a good workspace) so I get up and at least have a little stretch in my room a minimum of once an hour ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. The stretching thing is a great idea. I have an awful workspace too!

  7. I agree with all of these! I think focussing on yourself and your own blog is the key and making sure you don’t feel bad if you have to unfollow or mute another person on social media if it makes you feel happier!
    Sarah x
    http://saraheliza.co.uk

    1. Totally agree!

  8. I sit at my desk almost constantly so I do need to move more x

    1. You really do!

  9. This is such a great list Jenny!

    Since I’m still quite new, I’ve been experimenting a lot lately and like you’ve said some things work and others don’t – it’s not the end of the world.

    I could definitely do with taking your advice on setting social media boundaries and utilising that mute button. Some people aren’t worth the stress.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips.

    Hayley | https://www.thriceuponadream.com

    1. Gosh some people really aren’t! They cause so much unnecessary drama.

  10. Mariam says:

    Thank you so much for reminding us to look at our achievements more than we look at our failures! It can be hard to do especially at the beginning and itโ€™s something that Iโ€™m working on lately!

    1. It sure can! But so worth it!

  11. My Anxious Life says:

    This is great. I’m new to blogging and initially the scope of work (further to just writing, which is what I actually wanted to do) and success of others was mentally and emotionally over whelming.
    But I’ve found a community of really supportive people, and come to realise that, even so early in my journey, I already have wins to celebrate.

    1. Everyone has wins, when you take time to think about them!

  12. Loving all of these tips! Especially about comparison, because thatโ€™s sooo tough not to do and easy to get caught up in, but can be so detrimental! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It really can.

  13. Such a great post. Itโ€™s so easy to get caught up with feeling we should constantly be working on our blogs – as we know, it never stops!! I definitely need to take some of this advice, especially the social media one!

    1. Absolutely. The work never stops but it doesn’t mean you don’t need to take breaks!

  14. Such a great post, Jenny! Blogging can get quite overwhelming at times, so it’s good to know when to step back and take care of yourself. I love that you set screen time limits everyday, that’s such a good way to switch off. I need to try this too! Definitely agree with having breaks and other hobbies too, that way it keeps blogging fresh and interesting when you return. Fab advice, thanks for sharing! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. I need to stick to my limits more and take my own advice! Definitely been slacking on that a bit lately!

  15. All of these are so important! I’m constantly comparing myself to other bloggers and to start with it really got me down to the point where I thought why should I even bother. But reading through everyone else’s experiences has taught me that we’re all in the same boat and that we all have to start somewhere! Great advice as always ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amy | sassycatlady.com

    1. You’re so right! The people you’re comparing yourself to are in a totally different situation!

  16. Ah, the mute & block button, I use the mute more than anything because it’s just easier & less hassle.I will only block if I absolutely have to and I’ve only had to do that with men who are creeping on me…because ewww!

    Sarah ๐ŸŒบ || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. I tend to do the same. I’m not hesitant in blocking people though.

  17. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Yes to down time (which I’ve tried to embrace recently) and also to not comparing myself to others because that way madness lies. You’re right, a little jealousy can be a powerful motivator but it’s also very easy to get pulled down too. Fab tips, Jenny! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. There’s definitely a fine line!

  18. Thanks for sharing this list. The blogging world is a tough one and it’s so easy to fall into the traps of comparison. It’s difficult to present yourself as sort of like ‘all-round perfect’ person, when in reality you are just normal. Taking time off and recharging is super important.
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/

    1. Totally. I don’t think anyone should try and present themselves as perfect – it’s too unrelatable!

  19. Sarah says:

    I always end up using the mute button! xx

    1. It’s a valuable button.

  20. Another great post from you darling. You’ve shared some really great idea’s as always. Sending you all of the love ๐Ÿ’œ

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    1. Thank you

  21. Great post Jenny! It’s all about scheduling time and having something else to take your mind off blogging. Otherwise it

    For me there’s more to my life than being a travel blogger. Exercise and fitness is a big passion of mine and I’m finding ways to incorporate that into my content and social media but also keeping it relevant to travelling and blogging at the same time. I don’t like it when people only see me as a travel blogger and not a human being because I wasn’t born a blogger.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    1. That’s a really good point about only seeing you as a blogger. I’d never considered that before!

  22. Great list! I think I’ve felt all of these at some point and the best thing in those situations is definitely to take a step back and just focus on ourselves – somebody out there is reading our blogs and whether that be one or one thousand, we’re clearly doing something right! x

    1. Stepping back from blogging entirely is a great way to look after your well-being too!

  23. Brilliant list. I know we have all felt these things. I don’t do jealousy but I am constantly comparing myself to other bloggers, which becomes a slippery slope in to a pretty dark place.

    I really need to follow the advice about Social media as well.

    Great post again Jenny x

    1. How can you not do jealousy?! Jealous is such a natural emotion!

  24. thewildflowerhippie says:

    Great tips. Yeah, I also try to put down everything after 8 or 9pm. I definitely sleep a lot better when I do. But social media can be so addictive.

    Bettie
    http://www.thewildflowerhippie.com

    1. It really can! I need to take my own advice with that one at the moment!

  25. Yes to all of these! Blogging can be stressful at times but I never really feel I should say that because there are harder jobs out there. It’s real though so I totally relate to everything you said. I definitely need to try and have a cut off with social media, it’s hard to be online all the time but it’s definitely not healthy xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. It definitely isn’t. I love being online but I sometimes need to remind myself there’s more to life than it!

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