Does the idea of being tired of writing connect with you so well that you want to fall asleep right now?!
You aren’t alone! Even well-seasoned writers and authors get burned out!
I’m going to give you some tips and tricks to help you when you are tired of writing.
What is Burnout?
Burnout is a real thing, especially for writers. We are researching, marketing, and crafting writing day in and out.
For a majority of us this means meeting deadlines, pitching publications, reviewing products, etc.
Burnout is described as “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stresss, according to an article on HelpGuide
In a more mundane term, it is that overwhelming feeling of “I’m GOING TO LOSE IT IF I HAVE TO CORRECT THIS DAMN PAPER ONE MORE TIME!”. It is a state of “leave me alone”. It is being tired of your assignments, being stressed out to do chores. Essentially, it is the feeling of wanting to walk away from what you love most in spite of sheer exhaustion.
Signs of Burnout
Please note the following are just a few examples and it is best to listen to your body.
- Eating excessively especially before and during a writing assignment.
- Avoiding the deadline or assignment altogether.
- Feeling constantly sick without any known medical issues.
- Constant fatigue and drowsiness without allergen or sinus relation.
- Lack of satisfaction in finished work.
- Getting jumpy, defensive, or on edge when a co-worker, friend, or family reaches out.
How to Ease Burnout
Finding a way to ease burn out will help you become a better writer. When our minds are all jumbled and running faster than the roadrunner on speed, it can be difficult to stay on task.
Finding a way to ease writer’s burnout may take a different route or require doing a few of these activities. But it’s important to find a solution that works for you.
Get yourself a cute and hydrating water bottle like the one above! Proper hydration is not only great for cleansing toxins from the body but it also can help your body temperature as well thus preventing heart attack or anxiety. Which also means easing burnout.
It’s getting hotter out there perhaps it’s time to dip yourself in the pool. Water can be so relaxing and calming. It can also be great exercise too!
Know Your Limits
A key aspect of avoiding writer’s burnout is to know when you need to take a break. For me this can be two hours in to an eight hour shift.
It depends on the assignment for me, if it’s something I’m passionate about I don’t have to worry too much but I still give my self a 15 min break every two hours to stretch and rebalance myself.
If the assignment is less enjoyable or time-consuming, I may take a break sooner such as one break every hour.
Have you been on the DoorDash wagon a little too much?
Perhaps it’s time to save yourself some money and make a salad or a nutritious meal for yourself at home.
You can find new recipies for free using Pinterest .
If you prefer to step away from electronics while in the kitch, you can also try a cookbook like below.
Try a Different Topic
If your work permits you to, or if you are feeling up to trying something new, why not try a different topic?
Sometimes refreshing ourselves with new information about a new topic can give us some serious writer inspo!
For example, most of my writing on this blog will either be weddings, or writing, but I am also an intuitive life coach and have started to migrate other spiritual topics here as well.
Most importantly, if you are tired of writing, sometimes we just need to have a day to unwind and do nothing.
As long as your deadline isn’t tommorow, or even thirty minutes from now, just take the day off to recoup.
Tommorow is another day, you amazing writer you!
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