Have you been feeling overwhelmed?
Uninspired? Starting to feel that you’re only going over the motions of blogging and not connected anymore to what you are writing anymore?
You might be experiencing symptoms of blogger burn-out.
Don’t panic. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.
There are times when we need to hustle, commit to a posting schedule, create Pinterest worthy images… and well just blog our heart out. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take a break from blogging when you’re feeling like your craft has taken over you.
If you’re nodding your head then go on and have a read, because I’m going to share 3 reasons why it’s okay to take a break from blogging and even more, why it’s important (and healthy) to do so!
So, get your cuppa of coffee or tea, and perhaps a slice of your favorite cake. Breathe, release that tension on your shoulders, sit back and let me give you permission to go on that break that you’ve been wanting to take.
1. It’s okay to shake things up… to bring forth something new.
Sometimes, our strict routines and schedule can get in the way of our creative minds. Blogging is a creative activity. What does creating really mean though? I love what Marianne Williamson says in her book A Return to Love that we are only bringing forth what is already there within us. We are vessels for creative expression. The way we express our message is the creative activity, but the heart of our message is already within us, placed by a Higher Power greater than ourselves.
This is why it’s so important to get out of our own way, to get out of our own thinking and to get INTO a space where we lose ourselves but connected to receive inspiration from around us. When we feel stuck and overwhelmed with our craft, we are not able to tune in to what the Universe wants us to bring forth and express in our creative nature.
So, go on, shake things up a little, get out of your usual routine, buy that plane ticket, take that dance class you’ve been meaning to do, or maybe it’s as simple as drawing up a lovely bubble bath and getting your head stuck in a book. Disconnect. Run away. Let your soul play.
Don’t try to look for inspiration. This will also get in the way of allowing the message that you need to bring forth to surface.
It is in the quiet intangible moments when you lose yourself, that inspiration will come and find you.
2. Let it sink in… so that your craft can become a part of you.
The neat thing about blogging is that we are writing what is relevant to us in our lives in that moment. The more we write and blog, it becomes a natural expression of ourselves. This is why it’s so good to take a break once in a while so that we don’t get bored of our craft. (yes, no matter how we love it, there will be times when we don’t want to blog, and that’s okay)
It’s similar to when we exercise our muscles in the gym, if we only run and run and run, our legs will get bored and worn out from the running. In the same way we stretch our legs out and have rest days to build muscle; when we take a break from blogging, we can avoid burning out.
Taking a break allows our subconscious minds to catch up with where we are with our craft. Especially when we are just starting out, or when we are trying out something new to add to our website. Blogging is about cultivating a relationship with our craft, and that takes time. Taking a break every once in a while, allows our minds to digest what we have learned, to let it sink in and let our blogs occupy a mental and heart space.
3. Life changes… and so do you.
As our blogs become so much of who we are, we can naturally embrace its evolution and growth. Our life continually changes. We learn something new every day. We are not the same person that we were a few days ago.
When we take a break from blogging we can take the time to see which parts of our blog that do not resonate with who we are any longer. When I first started out blogging, I wrote a lot about how to overcome anorexia because that was where I was in life. Now, that phase of my life has done its purpose; it has shifted to more about how understanding our relationship with food, and how our struggles with food can mirror the struggles that we face in life.
Take a look at your menu or side bar, are there categories that you haven’t written under for more than couple of months? Don’t be afraid to take something down when your heart is no longer in it any longer.
Be brave to be introspective; and ask if what you’re writing still true to you?? Staying true to your writing is the best way to connect heart-fully to your readers.