Hi everybody! I’m back! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog (besides on International Women’s Day). In that post, I promised you a post talking about what happened to me for since my second most recent post, which was on July 23, 2018! Aah! It’s been 7 whole months! That’s a lot… more than half a year 🙁 Though I’ve been active on my Instagram account, @thebookwarriors, I’ve had trouble keeping up on my blog. Sorry about that! Sometimes life just gets the better of you, and time flies. Don’t worry, I plan to start posting again on my blog. I would like to think that this won’t happen again. 🙁 So for now, I’m back!
So, in the past 5 months, I have suffered a common problem, burnout. It’s a dreaded word among all bloggers. Burnout. Burnout. Burnout. *squirms* I hate that word. Specially since I’ve suffered from it.
So what is burnout anyways? One of Google’s definitions is “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.” Basically, you don’t feel like working on something that you usually love to do. In my case, I love blogging, but something just stopped me from writing anything. I desperately wanted to write, but every time I opened up a new post, I literally stared at the cursor, wrote something, and ended up deleting it. At first, I thought it was writer’s block, but then I realized that I had enough ideas on what to write about, I just didn’t know how to go about writing it. So instead of writing, I just stared at the screen, wrote some, deleted all of it. #thestruggles
My tips to get out of burnout
If you are suffering burnout, no need to fear, you can get out of it! After all, I got out of it. 😉 Here are my tips:
1. Remind yourself why you are doing the thing you are burnout on.
Stop, and pause. Why are you doing this? Reflect on why you are doing it and why it brings you joy. For example, I love blogging because I love writing, photography, and reading.
2. Do the “fun parts” of the thing, and don’t think about applying it to the thing.
This sounds kind of confusing. What I mean is if you are an author because you like to write, take a day off, and don’t worry about that book that you’re supposed to be writing. Just write about something completely different for the pure joy of it. You can write about anything, a random journal entry, a dream you had, anything! When I was suffering the burnout, for a few months, I read way less than usual because I kept thinking about the blog. When I started reading my normal pace again, I was able to get more inspiration to start writing on my blog again.
3. Do something completely different for a while.
That’s what I did. I started drawing a lot, and took a break from writing. If you decide to do this, set a number of days that you will do it so that you don’t get carried away doing that like I did. It took me months to get out of this, but hopefully it will only take you days, if not hours.
4. Set dates and ask someone to keep you in check.
Talk to a relative, friend, or anyone you can trust. Set goals that will slowly help you break the burnout, and set dates. Talk to the person, so that they can help you make sure that you are meeting your goals and dates. For example, when I wanted to start blogging again, I set 3 mini-goals: I wanted to make a private post (only for me) that had post ideas, I wanted to write the first draft of a post, and then eventually, I wanted to edit it and get it published. I didn’t even think about asking anyone for help until much later, which is when I was able to break the cycle of burnout.
5. Believe in yourself.
By the end of it, there isn’t some magic trick that will get you out of the burnout. Your going to have to do it yourself. So, you have to believe in yourself, and think positive about it. Just do it. Don’t care what other’s think about it. I know you can do it.
So, to make up for those long 7 months, I even wrote a bonus post! I recently watched Captain Marvel, and I wrote a review for it:
I’m so happy that I’m back! See you next time! And remember that you can get out of burnout too!