To be at your productive best, you need a healthy mind and body.
Avoid stressful pitfalls and find your power to be a happy & healthy blogger.
I am going to share my experience and some tips for you to improve your outlook and well-being.
When I started my blog, I was obsessed with it. I worked constantly, pushed myself every day, and burned the midnight oil.
My enthusiasm was running high because I was excited to be learning something new and I enjoyed it.
I was no longer working at a job and since I wasn’t commuting for 3 hours a day, I added that time to my work schedule.
I justified the time and energy because after all I could work from home. Easy right?
Eventually, it caught up with me and I had to stop and take a hard look at what I was doing to myself.
I was isolating myself from other people and became a homebody.
I wasn’t prepared to say yes when a friend called to get out and visit because I wasn’t getting myself dressed and ready every day.
I had my head buried in the computer all day, in the evening after dinner, and at night.
Moreover, I wasn’t moving. Except for household chores and errands, I was sitting in my chair.
Because I was no longer dressing for success, I didn’t realize I was gaining weight.
I ended up feeling just as stressed, tired, and miserable as I was when I was commuting to a job every day. I looked and felt just terrible.
My Tips for You to Be a More Happy & Healthy Blogger
Create a realistic schedule. A work schedule will help you stay on track with your goals.
See this article from ProBlogger 14 Bloggers Share Their Daily Blogging Routine.
Get dressed and ready to go every day. Do not work in your pajamas or stretchy pants.Opportunity doesn't make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives. -Tim Fargo Click To Tweet
Spend time with other people. Make time for a supportive friend a couple of days a week.
Get out of the house. If your friend is not available, go out for lunch anyway to be among other people.
If you can’t be with someone in person, at least speak with them on the phone. Texts and social media are not valuable substitutes for personal interaction.
Say no. You do not get more free time working from home. People expect you to reallocate your time to home, family, and their needs. If a task is not necessary and will wreck your schedule, do not feel obliged to do it.
Spend less time listening to and reading the news. I like background noise while I work and listen to upbeat music or something motivational instead.
Schedule time on social media to promote your blog and get out of there. It is at best a time waster and at worst stressful reading everyone’s opinions. Stay off of Facebook.
Spend time outside in the sunlight.
Exercise for 30 minutes several days per week. Outside if possible.Happiness lies first of all in health. -George William Curtis Click To Tweet
Walking is a great exercise and it gets you out into the sunlight. A morning walk will clear your head and get your day off to a positive start.
Do some gardening. Take your frustrations out on those pesky weeds.
Take your pooch for a walk. Our dogs need exercise too and they love it.
Get up and walk around your office or home every 20 minutes or so.
Get a Fitbit. I wouldn’t have thought to buy one for myself, but my husband and son gave me one for my birthday and I love it. I can keep track of my steps, exercise, diet, and sleep! My Fitbit Alta has a clock on it, so I wear it now instead of my watch. They really are great. Note: You need to have Windows 10 installed to sync it on your computer.
Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small [affiliate link]
Do not burn the midnight oil. It is okay once in a while, but do not make it a habit. It will ruin your productivity.
Get regular sleep. A sleep deprived person is not a happy person.
Take charge of your diet by tracking your food and calories. Check out MyPlate at Livestrong. It is free.
Don’t worry about what other people think. They do not understand blogging or why you are driven to do it and that is okay. What you think is what matters.
Self-Awareness Is the Key
Know yourself and your limits, spend time with other people, take frequent breaks, watch your diet, and get appropriate exercise.
Thank you for reading How to Be a More Happy & Healthy Blogger. Do you have some thoughts and tips to share? Leave them in a comment below. I would love to hear from you!