Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling like I should share some parts of this whole writing/blogging thing that you don’t often see in all those flashy Pinterest pins, Income Reports or Blogs About Writing Blogs. *wink*
The last few days have been hard. I was having so many doubts and lacked major vision in my writing. I was having MAJOR doubts. It was like I was convinced that absolutely no one would ever read my stuff and that all this effort will be for nothing. UGH! It has been rough. To say I didn’t love my blog is an understatement. It was more like hate.
Now, I am feeling much better today. And I have more focus. What was it that helped me push through these problems? How did I come to not hate my blog anymore?
I Go For A Run
It is amazing how getting some exercise and getting those endorphins moving can do for a cloudy vision. I was in the pit of despair one minute and then within a few minutes of running I felt tons better and I was getting more ideas pretty quickly.
It never takes long for my mood to lift and my perspective makes a full 180 turn.
When you are in the pits of creative despair and lack motivation or inspiration, get outside. Get some exercise.
I personally love running outside. Do what works for you. Move your body and remove yourself from your work.
Or as my husband will say, “Go for a run and don’t come back till you are in a better mood.”
Change What I Am Working On
When I am feeling defeated and ready to quit, I switch what I’m working on.
For example, let’s say I’m working on getting some writing done. Ugh! I’m so tired of writing! So, I switch to creating a bunch of graphics for the blog. That’s a switch in what part of the brain I’m using and it can be such a sweet change.
Or, I switch to creating the printables I make for all the posts.
Finally, I like to turn off the creative side of blogging and go straight into consumer mode. I’ve invested in some blogging/writing courses. It often helps for me to put the creation side of my brain down and invest in myself through coaching. I turn on one of the courses and just watch and listen.
I’m still working and moving forward towards my dream. I’m just doing it differently.
Different is good, especially when I need a reboot. Click To Tweet
I Go Back To Where It All Started
Why did you start blogging in the first place?
What is the WHY behind this whole thing?
For me, that means going back to the writing.
It is so easy for me to lose sight of the fact that I started this whole thing because I love writing. I get so caught up in SEO, social media, page views, stats, etc. I’m not saying those are not important. They are absolutely important to this important.
But, sometimes I need to be reminded the WHY of this whole thing. I love to write and I have something to say. When I feel downcast and ready to quit, I put aside all the business stuff for a day or two and I just write. I write and write and write and write.
I process my thoughts and feelings (yes, I’m a very emotional and sensitive person, INFJ) and as a bonus, also get quite a few blog posts knocked out.What you need to do is go back to the beginning. Why did you start this whole thing? Go there. Click To Tweet
Take the day off. Take a few days off. Just let it sit.
Writing and keeping a blog can be an emotionally exhausting thing. Take a complete break from the blog and writing.
Personally, I have this built into my week already by observing a Sabbath every week. On that day, I don’t do anything related to the blog whatsoever. It gives my brain and my heart a nice reset and I’m rested and ready to go when work resumes.
The Sabbath is the day that I focus on Self-Care. I do all the things that make my soul sing. That includes watching movies, napping, lingering over my cup of coffee, reading good books, going on adventures with my two favorite men, and unplugging from the Internet.
What would your self-care look like?
Listen, there will most likely come a day when you just want to throw your laptop out the window and swear you will NEVER ever blog another word again. That’s pretty natural.
Take some time to sit with these feelings and figure out WHY you are feeling this way.
Then, take some time do one or all of these steps to refresh and reset.
Come back stronger and a better writer and blogger. You went into the pit and then came back.
Why? Because YOU ROCK!!
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