It’s no secret that while being a blogger is awesome, it can be stressful at times. Over the past couple of months, I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers opening up about the stresses that come with blogging. After reading more than a few posts about this topic, I felt compelled to share some self care tips for bloggers.
A couple of months ago, I took a blogging break due to anxiety. Y’all were so supportive and left me the sweetest comments! Many of you also shared your experiences and let me know that I wasn’t alone.
When I officially published my first post, I had no idea how much work went into blogging. To start, there are hours of editing that go into drafting one blog post. Plus, you have to become a photographer, SEO analyst, marketing guru, and social media expert all at once! It’s easy to forget about self care during those times, but your wellbeing comes first.
Whether you’re just starting your blogging journey or are an experienced blogger, this post was written for you. Here are 10 helpful self care tips for bloggers!
10 Self Care Tips for Bloggers
1. Set up a cozy spot or office space at your place for blogging.
First things first, find a spot in your home that makes you feel comfortable and content. Make that your writing space. Maybe you want to create an at home office. Stores like Ikea, Target, and Home Depot offer affordable desks and office supplies. Spoil yourself a little with a cute planner, desk organizer, and stationery.
If your place is a bit smaller, creating that perfect spot is still totally doable. Personally, I live in a little apartment, but found a place that feels comfortable for me. I’ll light a candle, play Spotify, and sit on the couch wth my throw blanket and laptop. My favorite days to write are Friday evenings, when Alejandro plays video games nearby. For some reason, finding a comfy place for writing makes things so much easier.
2. Schedule posts in advance to help reduce stress.
We all experience writer’s block from time to time. While not knowing what to write about is upsetting, it’s also completely normal. Other times, life just gets in the way. Maybe you’re busy with work or school, sick with a cold, experiencing anxiety, or having a rough few weeks. Scheduling posts ahead of time will help ease your mind during periods of high stress.
Think of a few post ideas when you’re feeling inspired and draft them in bulk. This method takes some of the pressure off so you can focus on your wellbeing.
3. Make sure you’re spending enough time outdoors.
This point is especially crucial if you’re a full-time blogger and work from home. While working from the comfort of your own home seems like the ideal situation, it comes with its own challenges. For example, you may be working independently, which can get lonely. You also experience the unique pressures that come with being your own boss, like trying to set up a schedule or handling deadlines.
Getting outside of the house for a bit is important. Choose a couple days out of the week to work on blog posts at a local coffee shop, quiet diner, or library. Even if you’re blogging part time, we all need fresh air and a change of scenery. You’ll feel so much more refreshed!
4. Avoid comparison.
Having dreams and aspirations for your blog is great. However, it’s not fair to criticize yourself about goals you haven’t met just yet. Growing a blog involves a lot of time and patience. I’ve never been a fan of sensational Pinterest posts or articles that state things like “How to get 15,000 page views in your first month!” as they can discourage new bloggers.
While that kind of astronomical growth happens on rare occasions, blogs typically take years to develop. Everyone’s blogging journey looks different and maybe that’s what makes this platform so special. Whether you’re receiving 1,000, 100 or 10 page views a day within your first several months, you’ll achieve your goals. Just take a breath and continue developing your craft. You’ve got this!
5. Write about topics that you genuinely enjoy.
If you’re writing about topics that don’t inspire you, you’ll start to feel worn down eventually. I’ve read multiple articles online that stress the importance of having a “niche.” While maintaining organization makes sense, it’s also vital to write about topics that interest you.
Whether you’re delving into lifestyle, makeup, wellness, etc, any blog can be successful. Staying true to yourself will help keep your passion for blogging alive and you’ll feel happier in the long run.
6. Set up a specific time to write, edit, take photos, and post. Keep it consistent.
Sometimes, it seems like blogging is a never ending endeavor. As soon as you’re finished with one post, you’re drafting your next one. Oh, the life of a blogger! When you’re working at an office or in school, specific start and end times are already chosen for you. Setting a schedule for blogging is just as crucial.
Overtime is inevitable every now and again, but try keeping a pretty consistent schedule. In an agenda, jot down future posts and specific time slots for writing, editing, photoshoots, etc. Establishing boundaries right away will ensure that you get proper breaks in-between working on posts!
7. Communicate and share experiences with fellow bloggers.
One of the best parts of blogging is communicating with fellow bloggers and having friends that just “get it.” What can I say, y’all are awesome! When you first start a blog, the people around you may not understand what blogging is, necessarily. It took me several months to even share my blog with family and friends.
Being a blogger can get lonely at times when there aren’t a lot of people in your daily life blogging as well. I know it’s a little bit intimidating and scary, but try to start a conversation with bloggers you admire. Collaborate with blogging friends, join groups, and share your experiences.
It’s always nice to chat with folks who also understand the ups and downs that come with blogging. Plus, you’ll feel so much more connected with people from all around the world! I mean honestly, how cool is that?
8. Take a blogging or social media break when needed.
I’ve heard so many bloggers talk about experiencing guilt for taking breaks. When I took my break in March, I felt that guilt and it was heavy. Everyone needs time to focus on themselves, though. Sometimes, we’re spreading ourselves too thin and taking a break becomes vital to our wellbeing.
To avoid reaching that point, schedule blogging breaks periodically. Don’t check your social media accounts and if you need to, turn off your phone. Take a drive, spend a day at the beach, hang out with your bestie, or watch a cheesy romantic comedy. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed, content, and rested!
9. Ask for help.
It’s impossible to do everything alone. Maybe you just need to vent or want an opinion about your next post — make sure you’re asking for help when needed. My boyfriend has been such a huge support system for me. He assists me with photography, web design, and technical stuff. Having a support system will keep you motivated!
10. Celebrate your wins, big and small.
Did you love that post you just uploaded? Reached or surpassed your monthly blogging goals? Had a good page view day? Stuck to your weekly schedule? Celebrate your wins! You’re absolutely amazing, and every accomplishment counts!
I hope that you enjoyed my self care tips for bloggers post and found it helpful! Have a great rest of your weekend! x
If you’re a blogger, what have you learned so far in your blogging journey? Also, what are some of your self care tips for bloggers?