Tips for Preventing Blogger Burnout


During my past trip to Europe, I took a much needed 10 day break from the blog and social media to just enjoy being on vacation. I was exhausted and my health wasn't doing so well and I knew I was on the verge of burning out. 



I shared a post on blogger burnout a couple of months ago,  and why taking a break is necessary (see here). Today I want to build off of that and share with you some tips on how to avoid blogger burnout. Ever since I came back from Europe, I've made it a priority to have more balance in my life and put my health first, and I feel like a completely different person. 



When I started my blog back in 2013, I completely burned out after 1 year, to the point that I didn't want to have anything to do with my blog or social media for more than a year. I was posting 4-5 times a week and felt like I was getting nowhere with my progress. This past May, I could feel myself headed down the same path and I was determined to make some changes before I ended up back in the same place I was 3 years ago. 




Dress: c/o VIPme | Bag: Gucci | Sandals: Similar | Sunglasses c/o Le Chateau | Earrings: c/o Michael Hill 

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The following are some strategies I've taken to regain balance and wellness so that I can happily continue down my blogging path and avoid blogger burnout again. 

1. Something's gotta give. I found that I was trying to do too much all the time. Between working full-time as a nurse and full-time blogging,  I had no spare time to just be or spend with friends or family. The hubby and I came to a decision that I would scale back my nursing job so that I would have more time to be home, complete my blog work and care for our home. Even though I'm only working 1-2 days less per week, it has made a significant difference in my overall happiness because I don't feel run off my feet. If you find you are being stretched too thin, evaluate your life and find something that you are able to give up and stop over-committing yourself!

2. Make realistic goals and adjust accordingly. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day and your blogging business can't be either. I was constantly comparing myself to bloggers that had more time to blog or that had been blogging for a longer period of time and wishing I was at their level. I was spending unrealistic amounts of time trying to grow my brand and was sleeping at 2 or 3 in the morning every night to try to meet my blogging goals. I have now realized the importance of setting realistic and achievable goals and have let go of the need to have and instant overnight success. 

3. Sleep has become my best friend. Like I said, I was sleeping at obscene times for almost a year. I now give myself a set time to turn it all off and go to bed. I'm not going to lie and say this happens every night, but for the most part, my priority is to get lots of rest. I'm a lot more productive when I get a good night's sleep and a lot more pleasant to be around =). 

4. Re-establishing priorities. The bottom line is blogging takes up a lot of your time so you need to determine what's important to you and prioritize your time.  My hubby and dog are my number one priority so I make sure I put time aside every week to spend with them. 

5. Take care of your health. Since returning from Europe, I've made a priority to go back to meal planning and ensure I'm preparing healthy meals for my family each week. I also make sure to stay active and commit to exercise 5 days a week.  It's important to take care of your health because you can't sustain an unhealthy lifestyle if you plan to blog and be successful long term. 

6. Take a break! If you're feeling tired, frustrated or lacking creative juice, take a blogging break. Whether it be a day, a week or a month, take some time away from your blog and come back to it when you're feeling passionate and excited about it again. In the past, I was so religious about posting an X amount of times but sometimes my days or weeks don't allow it and that's okay. There is only so much time in the day and you do your best with the goals you set, but don't beat yourself up if you can't meet them all the time. 

There are a lot more little things I'm doing to try to prevent burning out again but I hope this gives a general guide as to some steps you can take to avoid burning out. If you have any other ideas or tips to avoiding burn out, share it in the comments below! 

My outfit in tonight's post from VIPshop gives off a Victoria Beckham vibe with the marble buttons and asymmetrical geometric neckline (now that's a mouthful!). I paired it with my pink Gucci bag for a pop of colour and some cat eye sunglasses to keep it classy and sophisticated. I felt like a total Girl Boss in this ensemble and definitely felt like I was kicking blogger burnout's a$$ when wearing it! Check out my Brand Spotlight post for VIPshop here to find out more about this affordable and trendy brand! 

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This post is brought to you by VIPshop. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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58 comments

  1. That outfit is gorgeous! Great post lovely x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  2. I like this a lot. Great post!

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  3. You are absolutely right in what you say Make the blog a time when you have a good time and not have a bad time.
    have a good day darling.
    best regards

    amoriosdelamoda.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for all these tips. I guess I need to get back my body clock together and have a sleep of 8-9 hours. You look pretty!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  5. Great black outfit and interesting tips ;)

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  6. Such great tips. Sometimes when I speak to people who don't blog they just don't get how much work it is. Glad to know I'm not the only one who needs a break every now and again xx

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  7. Oh my god, this gucci bag is amazing <3 Such a great post, love the tips.
    You slay girl!

    SASKIA CILIBERTO

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  8. This is good advice. Some days I really feel like I'm going to burnout because I have to be on social media, and manage my blog. It's just a lot. And some days I just don't feel like doing it. I think these tips will really help me a lot, and this post inspired me to put my health first.
    I love these rompers, they are all so cute.
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  9. OMG I love this look soo much:)

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  10. This is such a great post babe and so well written too! I'm happy to hear that you're in a better place now and that you're taking care of yourself. Couldn't agree more with these tips, especially taking a break and prioritize yourself. I also think it's important just to listen to yourelf and stay aware of how you're feeling and adjust accordingly.

    Here's to a healthy blogging career and letting things grow in a healthy pace! <3

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  11. Very good tops my dear! Your look is spectacular today!!! I love your dress :-)

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  12. I think taking time for yourself is SO key! I love how you adjusted to make blogging work with your life, and you're happier in the process!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. Thanks for the great reminders Rina ❤ Those are very important points. I myself recently stopped for a week because I was just too busy with work and the baby! Planning for his party was fun though. Sometimes I stop simply because I just don't have that many clothes lol *gasp* I can't believe I just said that when my closet is overflowing... keep being loving and beautiful!

    Xoxo
    Winnie
    www.hersassycloset.com

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  14. Olá Rina,

    Gostei muito do vestido assimétrico com detalhes fivelas. A bolsa é linda!

    Um beijo,

    My Pure Style x My Instagram x My Facebook 

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  15. I definitely needed this post! I've felt burnt out for the past year and it's made me feel so awful about myself, especially seeing so many amazing bloggers that make it look so easy! Thanks for being so genuine in this post!

    Rebeccaetc.blogspot.com

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  16. Beautiful dress!
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  17. I really need to use your tips because I've been extremely tired lately. I have some vacation time coming up, and I plan on doing little work during that time. Me time is important, and it allows we to more creative when i'm feeling burned out. Thanks for sharing!
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  18. wonderful styling. You have a beautiful dress;)

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  19. These photos are amazing, I love the dress! Thanks for the tips, I have been feeling a bit uninspired/unmotivated lately. I have been making sure I'm getting enough rest though!

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  20. Such a beautiful dress!
    You photos so amazing!
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  21. These are great tips Rina and I agree with you 100%. I follow this step and it has made a difference in my life!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  22. Such a beautiful outfit! thanks for sharing
    Gros bisous

    http://gallech.blogspot.com

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  23. Nice tips my dear! It's a really problem. Love your outfit, shooting is marvelous!!! Don't miss my last post, now on my blog! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    News on Fashion

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  24. Your outfit is so stylish.The dress is a dope.
    Thanks for sharing your advice btw, really needed.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

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  25. If read a lot about Blogger Burnout on some Blogs,
    it seems to become a huge Problem worldwide for Bloggers.
    Your tips are so helpful, thank you for giving some advices :D
    And your Outfit is of Course amazing, you look so lovely.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  26. A break is absolutely necessary avery now and then...
    Great tips Rina, thanks for sharing!
    Btw, your dress is 2die4!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  27. Bloggin can be so stressful sometimes,
    great post and good look dear,
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  28. Great post!
    Nicoletta
    http://lavieestbellebynicoletta.altervista.org/

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  29. Great tips thank you and a gorgeous outfit today! Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  30. What a helpful tips, love every bit of it especially the sleeping more part :) I like your dress, so chic!

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  31. I'm your fan and I really appreciate your work! I enjoyed your tips. Reconciling everything in our day to day life is not minimally easy and lack of encouragement can arise. Stop, set goals and believe!
    Another fantastic look! Good weekend dear!

    Coco and Jeans by Marisa x My Instagram x My Bloglovin

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  32. Hi there my dear,

    Wow I love those photos a lot. You look so gorgeous;).

    Hugs from Germany
    Isa
    www.label-love.eu

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  33. First of all, I love your dress.You look so chic.The black dress just looks great against your skin.The shoes and bag are also perfect.These are great tips especially considering how not easy blogging is.Can't get over how good you look though:-)
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  34. OMG amazing look!

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  35. Thank you for this reminder Rina. It is so important to have a balance which I understand is so hard to do when you have so much to juggle. Thank you for sharing these great tip. I adore your outfit. You look POSH as always.

    Xx
    Nikki
    www.nikkilivinglife.com

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  36. Hi Rina! I totally agree with your post. Being in the medical field and going full time in blogging is grueling most likely because both professions take great amount of your time and commitment. At the end of the day, you really do have to choose or better yet, as you said, set priorities and do some balancing act somewhere along the journey. Thank you for this post, it is helpful and inspiring! ❤️️


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  37. Looove this dress and the tips you provided <3 I think they're so important to remember

    Enclothed Cognition

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  38. Great tips! Burnout is real. You look amazing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  39. Lovely outfit! Burnout can occur at any job! Thank you for the tips!

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  40. Such a great post, babe. Burn out is real in any situation, not just blogging, and it's so important to put our health first. Like you, I am a HUGE fan of sleep (lol) and have made a concerted effort to spend time with my family and friends off the phone, and it's been a great change. Love your blog and hope you continue with your content creating journey - it's been so fun to follow! Have a wonderful weekend Rina.

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  42. Great photos And totally agree, a break it's necesary sometimes

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  43. Thanks for sharing these tips gal. Helps alot. Sometimes a break is needed. And one must take it to avoid the frustation.
    Vaishali
    www.vivaciouswish.com

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  44. Couldn't agree more with you in this topic. As with many other things in life, taking a break can actually become beneficial in the long run. At the end of the day, we put the most important priorities in our lives first, and keep everything in balance. Great outfit though!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  45. Firstly, I love your outfit! <3
    And I loved reading your post! Thank you so much for sharing these tips! You are seriously an inspiration! I can't even imagine how you posted 4-5 times a week being a full time nurse! I find it difficult to post even once a week with a full time job! You have done an amazing job and don't compare yourself with others! I don't know how some blogger make it look so easy! I swear it's not! Have a great day Rina!!
    Lots of Love,
    Shivangi
    www.outoncatwalk.com

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  46. Oh girl, this post could have come in a better time for me! Definitely need to listen to your tips! Been struggling lately trying to do it all! But it's OK to admit we can't without burning out.

    Much love from Napa Valley!

    Paulina | SHENSKA

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  47. What a great post, advice to live by and remember every day. We are our worst critic and we need to give ourselves a break and a pat on the back for all we have achieved already. I see myself in so many of these situations you describe here, as just started my blog, but I surely wanna make it last and don't wish to burn out after a year because I am sleeping badly and obsessing over the numbers. I love following you and your journey (didn't know you were a nurse, ha!) and I am sure many more successes will follow, dear Rina
    Saida | She talks Glam

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    1. Thanks Saida! You are always so sweet. It is so true that we are our own worst critic. I try not to be but sometimes can't help it. You are doing so well and still can't believe you've only been blogging for a year!

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  48. OMG gorgeous outfit :) love your bag <3

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  49. Great tips babe, its so true to put yourself first above all else :) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  50. These are all great tips :) and btw, very lovely dress, it's so chic

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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