Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout + My Tips for Self-Care

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper but the content & opinions expressed here are my own. #FillUpToFeelGood


Taking some "me time" or time for self-care is extremely vital to one's entire well-being. Although I already knew this, I came to the realization that it was time to follow my own advice. As I worked on enhancing my blog, growing my social media channels, & starting up my coaching business, I found that I was working around the clock.

I answered emails at 11 p.m. I got the distinctive ping of a Facebook message at 2 a.m. I worked on a sponsored post in the morning & then prepared for my coaching session in the afternoon, only to have dinner plans with a friend in the evening. I kept buzzing around until a couple days ago when I felt completely burned out.

I physically & mentally couldn't do anything even though I had an endless task list. I decided to take a day off to boost my morale. Keep reading to find out my tips on how to avoid blogger burnout! Hint: it includes Netflix & green tea.


1. Sleep In

After so many mornings of getting up at 6:45 a.m. I allowed myself to get a little extra sleep. Don't start off a new day tired & unprepared. Those extra moments of shut eye helped me feel rested & ready to crush the day! After constant hustling & bustling, it doesn't hurt to get a few extra winks.


2. Exercise

I was so busy that I completely forgot to take care of myself. To eliminate blogger burnout, I started to regularly integrate exercise into my life, even if only for 20 minutes. I know myself & understand that I'm pretty aimless at the gym, so I usually opt for workout videos on YouTube. They get me moving, sweating, & elevate my heart rate. I always feel better after a workout!


3. Set Business Hours

Three unread emails loomed in my inbox. Five Facebook messages sat unread. My social media notifications grew out of control. A friend texted me to ask a couple of social media questions. I couldn't take it anymore. The around-the-clock work didn't look good on me. I decided to set some business hours for myself. No more constant work. No more blogger burnout.


4. Unwind

I put my phone on airplane mode & made myself a cup of tea — two, actually. Sometimes there's nothing more uplifting than a warm mug of tea, & that's a fact. I went to Alberstons to stock up on some Lipton Green Tea & Lipton Green Tea Purple Acai Blueberry. I like to add a bit of "vitali-tea" to my every day. I'm sipping on some right now. Lipton's green teas allow me to stop, reset, & enjoy a moment to myself when things get hectic. I love the ritual of sip, sip, sipping as I wind down.


5. Treat Yo' Self

Now's the time to catch up on the latest episode of my favorite show. Let's be real, I know I'll just watch Friends on Netflix for the billionth time. I took some time to plan my next vacation — Paris. I drank my Lipton Green Tea Purple Acai Blueberry, listened to music, & helped my boyfriend, Fred, come up with his top 25 must-see Paris attractions. I finally had a chance to paint my nails a nice pastel blue for spring. I finally read my 3-month-old magazine because that's how behind I am! T'was a great day.


Blogger burnout is a real thing & should be treated with self-love & care. The smooth great taste & refreshing aroma of green tea inspires me to take a moment to feel good! Don't forget to stock up at your local Albertsons with $1 off Lipton Green Tea & let me know how it helps you #FillUpToFeelGood

What flavor would you like to try? How do you beat blogger burnout? :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]

52 comments

  1. I think it's easy to neglect yourself when you don't have an actual office to leave! Great tips here xx

    Beautylymin

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  2. This helps, I've definitely been stuck on what to write on the blog!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love these tips, they apply to all areas of life. Once in awhile it's okay to slow down and take care of ourselves. Nice post! xx

    Coco Bella Blog

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  4. I am soo bad at abiding by set business hours. I totally work around the clock but feel I have to because I still work 4 days a week with my day job. If I didn't do almost around the clock work I wouldn't be able to blog =P. I did cut back 1-2 days a week at my day job though that helped a lot! I do ensure I get enough sleep on a daily basis now too which has made such a difference!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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  5. peonies passionfruitApril 4, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Great tips, especially about taking time out to exercise xx

    Eme
    www.peoniesandpassionfruit.com

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  6. It's hard to not get burnt out so I'm really liking your tips! I need more sleep hehe

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  7. Aww love these!!:)
    Xx finja | www.effcaa.com

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  8. These tips are great, especially for bloggers or creative workers! It can be overwhelming when you don't have set hours and can basically work all the time, any time. It helps to do that and take time for yourself. Green tea and a small break sound wonderful. Have a great week Carmen!

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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  9. Time out to exercise is really important. Great tips!

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  10. These are some really awesome tips! As my blog is starting to grow and I'm getting more involved in social media and FB groups I find myself getting a little overwhelmed and like I need to do everything at once. I think setting hours for yourself is such an important thing to do.

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  11. Christina SnyderApril 6, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    I'm new to blogging as a hobby but can already see how demanding it can be for a professional blogger! The research, the posts, the networking... I feel any blogger, nauvice or pro, needs to read this blog!

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  12. Nice tips and thanks for shedding light on setting business hours. I have only been at this for 7 months and I feel like my blog life has taken on a life all its own and I have had a few moments of feeling behind and overwhelmed. I appreciate the post!

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  13. Setting business hours is a hard one!! Definitely one that's needed though.

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  14. I love the idea of setting business hours. I'm sooo bad at answering blog emails and replying to comments. Setting aside a particular time in the day to do these chores would probably help!

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  15. These are great ways to relax and to keep things from piling on. I definitely need to set business hours, I find that I start working whenever and it turns out to be a lot, then I get burnt out.

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  16. Madara LiecinieceApril 6, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Those for sure are some great tips! Though, I so wish I could apply them to my life, but as I am working full time, freelancing as well as blogging it's hard to balance time for myself in all of that :/

    www.callmemaddie.com

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  17. I started forcing myself to take a couple of days off each week from blogging, but I still find myself pinning on Pinterest and creating recipes. At least my days off are filled with fun stuff instead of the things I don't like doing! I really should set some boundaries! Recently, I posted once during the week instead of twice, and that was a breath of fresh air!

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  18. I love these tips! Setting business hours especially. Impressed with how thoughtful your posts are and the flatlay images are adorable! You're clearly managing your energy and time well if you're able to product content like this :D Also glad i'm not the only one guilty of binging Friends on Netflix...

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  19. Elizabeth GhekiereApril 6, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Great advice! I have been feeling myself slow down lately and I am worried I'll get behind. I need to take your advice.

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  20. Your routine sounds a lot like mine. I work until about 1 or 2 AM and sleep until about 9 or 10. It's hard for me to maintain concentration during the time my husband is home, and he has no definite schedule and often wants to involve me in jobs I'd not planned on. I drink tea all the time, and often while I'm writing. I normally watch a TV show at 3 PM while I eat an early dinner. Then I go to the gym and run errands like shopping before returning home to work. My biggest problem is starting a book while at the gym on the bike and not wanting to put it down when I get home and it's time to work.

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  21. Good advice! It's important to take time off now and then, or like you said it's too easy to get caught up in the constant beeps from our phones! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you're having a great end to the week with a lovely weekend ahead!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  22. The Glen Coco thing never gets old, that's such a known phrase of my generation it's not even funny. I actually just re-watched Mean Girls the other day and I forgot how good it is!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  23. These are all such good ideas!! Setting business hours is huge. It look me a long time to get there but I know it helps a lot!

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  24. Such good tips and ideas! It definitely sounds like you needed a break, so I'm glad you were able to recharge and get back to it!

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  25. A cup of tea DEFINITELY helps with self care and burn out! I just wrote a post with a similar analysis! Tea is such a treat and we need rest!

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  26. I associate lipton's with ice tea much more than warm tea - but it's a great suggestion!

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  27. Green tea is my fave, I really want to try the Acai Blueberry!

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  28. My Nana would always have Lipton iced tea as well. :]

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  29. It really does! It's my favorite. :]

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  30. Yes a recharge & break were necessary. :]

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  31. Setting business hours has honestly been life-changing! Sounds dramatic but it's true. :]

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  32. So many phone beeps! That's why have to do business hours. :]

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  33. Sounds like a good routine! Recently I've been trying to get to sleep earlier so I can wake up earlier & that has been helping. :]

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  34. Take my word for it, invest in yourself & treat yourself with care or else you get tired & can't do anything. :]

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  35. Thank you so much! That means a lot. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my Friends binge watching. :]

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  36. I feel the exact same way! I try to have two days off for myself but still end up doing minimal tasks like pinning on Pinterest. As long as you don't feel overwhelmed, I think it's okay. :]

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  37. I'm doing the exact same thing! That's why setting business hours or hours of operation will help you maximize your time. :]

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  38. Setting business hours is life-changing! :]

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  39. Exactly, or have a daily, weekly, & monthly checklist so you don't get too far behind. I found myself answering three month old blog comments - definitely not ideal. :]

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  40. It is hard! I often find myself wanting to answer people right away, but business doesn't work that way. You have to set some time to breathe & live. :]

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  41. Business hours, batch tasking, & time blocking will be your best friends in the blogging world. :]

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  42. Thanks Christina! That means a lot. I've been blogging for six years & in the social media world as a professional for four years, so I do have a range of experience. :]

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  43. It really is, because as I've learned, there's always something to do. ALWAYS. Give yourself some time off. :]

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  44. Thanks Diana! Learning to set some time aside for yourself is so important. :]

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  45. That's one I'm working on, but everything helps. :]

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  46. The thing is...there's always something to do, something you should be doing, something you can do, so you HAVE to make sure you take some time off so you don't feel like you're permanently working. :]

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  47. Yes, so much yes. Slowing down is important - some of my best posts were written in those slow moments when I had time to think! :]

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  48. I say: take some time off, even just a day or two & just think, be, live, enjoy. :]

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