It’s been quite a while since I sat down to write a blog post. My last post went live two months ago today as I write this and it feels like a lifetime ago. I thought before resuming regular service, so to speak, I’d try and explain where I’ve been and why I took a much-needed blogging break.
In short, I was completely burnt out.
If you’ve read my blog for a while you may know that I study English. I’m in my final year and the academic year got busy. I was trying to balance writing essays, my dissertation, lectures and seminars all while keeping my blog going. It was a struggle to juggle everything and I found that I didn’t have the time to keep running my blog the way I wanted to. I finished my degree (!!) nearly a month ago now and managed to achieve the first that I wanted in my dissertation. Even when I finished, although I wanted to get back to blogging I just could not face staring at a screen again so I continued to take some time away.
Probably one of the main reasons why I stopped blogging was due to a few personal things that happened in my life over the past few months. Life has been challenging and I’m still struggling with a few things but hopefully, with time, I’ll get there. My head felt completely scrambled and burnt out (it still does some days). As a result of that, something had to give and my blog was what suffered for a few months as I wasn’t in the right headspace to put out my usual content.
Also known as what on earth do I do with my life?!!? Graduating can be hard enough as it is, graduating in a pandemic is even harder. Finishing my degree was so lacklustre that it doesn’t even feel like I’ve finished. I am now in a cycle of trying to figure what I want to do next and where to go from here. I’m still not 100% but I took some time to try and figure out what I wanted without feeling pressurised or rushed into anything.
DEALING WITH BURNOUT
I think often one of the hardest parts of burnout is knowing that you’re suffering from it. I’m the type of person who likes to continue regardless but between mid-April to mid-May, I wasn’t myself. I was trying to do too much and couldn’t quite juggle everything successfully. Managing a blog and everything that goes with it, finishing a degree, keeping in contact with friends and family and living in a pandemic took its toll. To make things better I needed a break and I’m so glad I had one.
Reach out to People
I’m not very good at talking to people but I needed support. I was, and still am, going through a bit of a difficult phase and you need people to talk to. Seeking help or advice or just a chat is not bad and often it can help you feel better or rationalise things.
As hard as it can be, trying to set limits for work/blogging/life commitments really helps. I am a morning person so I would try and start work before 10 have an hours lunch, take a couple of afternoon breaks and aim to be done by 4 so that I had the afternoon to chill and do things for me. I also tried to give myself at least 1 day off a week so I could remove myself from screens and do whatever I wanted. It made such a huge difference to my energy levels and motivation.
Look After Yourself
It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re feeling burnt out but it’s so important not to. Taking the time to get a decent night’s sleep, factoring in time for things you enjoy, trying to move during the day and eating well will help you feel better.
While I am still struggling with some personal things I am feeling a lot better about returning to blogging. Burning out can be so easy to do without even realising it but recognising it is half the battle in helping you deal with burnout. Take the time to look after yourself, find a balance if you can, and talk to whoever you need to.