Blog Hangover: Be Careful To Avoid Burnout
Have you ever had a blog hangover?
I have, and sometimes they’re worse than the hangover you have on the Monday after the Super Bowl.
You can only spend so many 16-hour days working on your blog before the lines grow a little blurry, your muscles get a little quivery and your head feels like it’s going to explode.
Here are some tips to help you avoid – and recover from – that next blog hangover.
Get Organized And Plan Ahead
If you’re the type who keeps a thorough list of Things-To-Do each day then you’re overestimating your capabilities.
Sit down right now and put a more realistic pencil to your list.
Remember, the reason you got into blogging in the first place was so you could be the Master of your own work schedule.
When you add in all the productivity you miss because you have a hangover you’re really not accomplishing as much as you think, anyway.
And if you don’t keep a tidy list of Things-To-Do each day, now’s the time to start.
Get Out Of Your Chair
I’ve had days where I sat down at my computer at 6 am and didn’t get up again until midnight.
This is so bad for your body!
Work two hours and then get out of your chair and move around for 20 minutes.
Rinse and repeat.
Drink Plenty of Water
Someone told me once that by the time you feel thirsty you’re already experiencing the first stages of dehydration.
And the only solution is water.
Not beverages made with water like coffee, tea or soda.
Just pure, clean water.
Keep a glass at your desk and drink it all day long.
If you don’t like water, don’t worry – after three days you’ll prefer it hands down over all those other beverages you’ve been drinking.
Eat, And Try To Eat Healthy
Personally, I can survive for days on nothing but coffee and I’ve done it – often.
But eventually it catches up to you and you can do some serious, permanent damage to your health.
Force yourself to get up and eat something, preferably something healthy like fresh fruits and vegetables and protein.
Get Out Of The House
Trust me, I know how hard it is to step away from your computer.
But it’s not good for your health, physically or psychologically, to sit there for hours upon hours, day after day.
Get out of the house.
Go to The Library
No – don’t just download new books for your Kindle.
Actually get out of the house and do something.
Go to the neighborhood coffee shop.
Take a walk in the park.
Join a book club or a knitting club or a bowling team.
Volunteer to babysit, visit with the seniors, or walk your neighbor’s dog.
Do something that takes you out of the house for at least a couple of hours every week.
Get A Pet/Plant
Get yourself a dog or a cat or a hamster.
Or put a few houseplants on your desk.
Having the responsibility for another life will force you to get away from your computer for a few minutes every day.
I could probably come up with a dozen more ideas but you get the picture.
Just like an alcohol hangover, when you have a blog hangover you have no one to blame but yourself.
If it only happens once or twice a year you don’t have a problem.
But if it happens every week, it’s time to make some changes.
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