The B-Word: Burnout
Do you get scared when you hear the word Burnout? If you do, then you’ve probably experienced it. If not, then you are probably still a newbie, hyped out on adrenaline and caffeine, and still very excited about this endeavor, blogging your way to fame, fortune, or fantasy.
But then it hits. Ugh. The Slump. What to write? Who cares? Self-doubt creeps in, “I can’t do this. Maybe I should look into something else.”
The Good News
We don’t have to be afraid of this word. In fact I’m going to take it down a notch. I’m here to tell you, “Don’t turn that molehill into a mountain!” Because that’s probably all it is. If you’ve been burning the candle on both ends, what you probably need is rest, both mental and physical.
It’s like when you first fall in love, you spend so much time with your new love, and you don’t get much sleep. And then the crash happens.
Well the solution is simple. Take a break. But like all over-tired, cranky children who are being told it’s bedtime, we protest, “No! Just one more hour on the internet!”
Taking a Break
Now don’t get anxious. The break doesn’t have to be for long, but do make sure that it is a real break. I would recommend at least a half or whole day. Get off the computer completely. Take a walk in silence. Give your buzzing brain a chance to settle down. That’s when the cream will rise to the top.
Do some of those things you’ve been meaning to do but never get done because you are always glued to your computer. Talk to your friends, call your mom, go see a movie, watch Oprah, go find an (indoor) pool to go swimming, play with your kids, play with your spouse, anything but just no computer!
Is That It?
Well, almost. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep too. If you get some good ideas along the way, then write them down in a notebook so you can come back to them later. That’s it!
Listen to your body. Rest when you’re tired, instead of making yourself more miserable with caffeine. The world will wait and your blog and you will be better because of it!
Wishing you much success!