Hasn’t it been a while? I’m not going to apologise for the slow down in blog posts as I’m much happier and more content with not being pressured.
I always pour my heart into my blog posts and trying to create content for my readers and now that I am less stressed I’m finding it much more natural and more enjoyable.
So here we are on a Monday morning with that blogging buzz, writing a blog post, motivated, covered in dog hair as I’ve just bathed the two dogs because they were SMELLY.
Cup of tea to the left of me, ideas book to the right. I’ve decided that it’s time to take control and start focusing on the here and now.
Torturing myself daily about what is happening the next day, week, month and how it’s going to work is exhausting and I’ve come to the realisation that I can’t be in control of most things. I can, however be in control of me.
I’ve always been someone who needs routine and stability, when I look back and see myself having a bad time it’s because things have fallen out of sync, plans have changed, circumstances have altered and I couldn’t handle it so I went into self destruct mode.
Now that I am older and starting to become more aware of things like this, as well as watching a younger versions of myself starting to get to that stage. I can predict when things will change and take control back quicker.
More and more lately I’ve been trying to stop over thinking, worrying about what will happen in June next year and refrain from kicking myself over things I cannot stop from happening.
And it’s working.
I’ve been able to handle things when plans change, cope with things differently and managed to get myself out of a panic attack for the first time unaided.
These small successes have made me realise that I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself to get things done. They’ll get done, they just don’t all need doing right this second.
I’ve been putting together content for the new year and I’m really excited to get started on that but I will be taking a break between Christmas Eve and the new year as I want a fully switch off and enjoy the festive times with my family.
So here are a few ways that I’ve made sure I can relax and unwind and keep that blogging buzz alight.
Keep a spreadsheet of ideas.
As you can probably tell from the beginning of the post, I’ve always had that control freak inside of me. I have a blog content calendar and I used to stick to it religiously. These days I use it as more of a guide or prompt and post when I have the urge to, rather then trying to force things out because the computer says I should.
I have ideas jotted down at least 3 months ahead so I can easily swap, change, add in or remove things. This means that I can be totally flexible when it comes to posting. I don’t have the pressure to get things published and I pre plan most brand campaigns months in advance so I have plenty of time to get content together without having to rush.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
I’ve found this one super helpful recently. Especially with the festive period being busier then ever when it comes to brands wanting content.
If a company gets in touch that wants a fast turnaround, I will usually say no. Mostly because my time is already dedicated to something else or that I just don’t see the value in working with that brand.
Don’t be afraid to push more too. I have turned a few things down in the past few weeks as the requests have been ridiculous. I value my time, and my work and I will not be taking for an idiot.
Remember to switch off.
I cannot express how important it is to switch off. I’ve been taking a much more relaxed approach with social media recently and to be honest, I haven’t noticed that much of a drop in engagement.
Personally I’ve always seen twitter as another tool to post links and spread awareness for my blog. Once upon a time I used to take part in chats and threats etc and while I love how they work. I’m just not the sociable kind. It’s just who I am.
I’ve stopped caring about the Instagram algorithm and just gone back to posting pictures I’m proud of. I still like everyone elses photos and occasionally comment but it’s no longer a competition.
Facebook is fast becoming my favourite tool for blogging. My page has a better engagement rate then both other networks and I have a significantly smaller following too. My blogs highest traffic converter is Facebook and that’s without the need for ads.
But every once in a while. Put down your phone and do something in real life. It doesn’t hurt not to be connected 24 hours a day.
Look after yourself.
Self-care has become one of the biggest habits of 2017. Never have I seen so much hype about taking care of oneself and ways to do so.
So many wonderful people have written about how to take care of yourself, I plan to become one of those in the new year. Mental health and well being are at the forefront of most discussions at present so it is a great time to sit, take stock and make the time to feel better in yourself.
How do you find your blogging buzz when times are hard? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Be kind to yourself this Christmas, it can be mentally tough. But you can get through it.
– Emma –
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