Every blogger comes to a point where they come close to burnout. It is those that know how to deal with burnout that succeed in getting through it.
IE 272: How to Deal with Burnout as a Blogger
On today’s episode I’m giving my personal experiences to show you guys how I dealt with my burnout and how I overcame it.
Finding Community to Deal with Burnout
The first thing I want to make you aware of when dealing with burnout is that the best thing that you can do is to find a community where you can have conversations to be able to deal with that burn out.
So you’ll be able to figure out what you can put into practice that could help with the overwhelm that you are feeling.
One of the things that I’ve realized recently is that even without a pandemic having come out in the past two years, is that you can’t always get to a conference.
Therefore, I would highly recommend finding a community of bloggers where you can actually get support.
I’m not just talking about a free Facebook group where you end up being thrown random crap.
Instead, find a community like mine, Mastering Your Influence, where you can actually go and be given important details about your business while still having the chance to connect with others.
The connection that you get from other people makes a huge difference in your business and mindset.
Know Your Purpose to Avoid Burnout
When it comes to dealing with burnout you need to figure out your purpose.
Many of you started this business as a hobby or maybe you even knew you wanted to monetize.
For many of you who have probably heard my story, I started when my daughter was six months old.
I had lost myself as a new mother and needed something that was my own, so I created The Melrose Family.
I have now been online for 12 years, and during that time my purpose has shifted.
When I started it was to have something for myself. It wasn’t even thought of as a business.
But as I learned more and attended conferences and met other people and did different professional development things, I realized that I could monetize my blog.
I could replace my teaching salary. I could be a blogger full time, and this was a very scary thought, it was overwhelming, and exciting, but I knew that part of what I was missing was so that I could get time back with my girls.
My girls were babies when I was building my site and I, as a full time teacher, did not get to spend a ton of time with them.
Rather than actually being able to put that time in the right place.
My purpose at that time was to get that time back.
Now as my business has grown I was able to retire from teaching at 35 because my blog did replace my teaching salary and let me just tell you, that was a very scary decision to make, to retire.
It was scary because yes, I did have consistent income but we all know that can go up and down.
In making this business it also brought me to the decision that if I was going to find my purpose, I needed to move from New York to North Carolina.
To move away from my family and friends and have to take a flight or a twelve hour drive in order to see them was extremely hard and unsettling for me but it was something that I knew I had to do.
You need to take the scary steps necessary to be in line with your purpose, in order to feel fulfilled.
Staying Positive to Deal with Burnout
You have to stay positive.
You have to deal with the trauma or the negativity that you’re dealing with in your life.
When I moved to North Carolina it was not fully supported by my parents and siblings.
Instead of focusing on the fact that I didn’t have the support of my family, I focused on the need to build this life for my girls, to be able to be there for them and see all of the things that they’re going to be able to do.
Knowing how I could change it. Instead of saying “oh it is what it is.”
I knew that I couldn’t live with that negativity.
I couldn’t live with the thought of it just being what it is, which brings me back to number 3 about dealing with your burnout, if you are feeling this way then DO something about it.
If you are depressed or don’t have a good relationship with your partner then you have to take action to do something about it.
If you are depressed then you need to talk to someone, not just your friends, or family, you need to seek a professional.
When an issue arises, instead of letting it be a negative where you hold it in and bottle it up until the next time it happens and then it gets blown out of proportion, talk to each other. Try to understand each other and talk about what you can both do better next time.
So when we’re looking at how to deal with burnout we have to ask for the help that we need, whether it’s a partner or a professional any way that you can get that help.
Focus on the things that are going to be able to GROW your business like gaining an audience and understanding who you’re talking to and solving a problem for.
You can’t rely on random crap to turn it into a business like going viral one time if you’re not set up to monetizing that.
This episode on burnout just scratches the surface, there are so many other things that go into it like actually putting the work into it.
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