Best Ways To Prevent & Conquer Burn Out

Hi there, loves! A couple of weeks ago, I shared that I was just downright tired. This ‘tired’ feeling really wasn’t a physical tired … although who doesn’t feel that 3:00pm afternoon slump?!?  This tired was more of a ‘I’m bored with what I’m doing, what I’m sharing, etc. etc.‘ This occurred right after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale had gone live to the public so I had been working some insane hours to create and share a lot of content during Early Access. Then, as I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I was just kind of ‘over’ the constant social media push of it all. I wasn’t motivated to style outfits from the items I had purchased from the sale and share them on the blog. I was tired of talking about it. I had already done what I set out to do for the sale which was to help make shopping the sale and finding the good items easier for y’all to find and honestly reviewing the items I purchased. I didn’t see the point in going on and on and promoting it when most of it was sold out. I just felt really at odds with what I do. And, while I still have quite a bit of travel content I need to get up on the blog for you guys, I really wasn’t motivated to get that done either.

I thought something was wrong with me. I love what I do yet I felt lazy.

I kept thinking … ‘Why am I not feeling motivated to do what I love?’

This digital media world that I operate within can really wear you down.

We hear … ‘Consistency is the key to growth’ and ‘Content is king so make sure it’s good’ if you want to be a successful blogger.

This industry, and bloggers themselves, through skewed thoughts, have positively reinforced each other to believe that ….We have to be on. Always. No days off. No checking out. Even on ‘vacation’. Keep sharing. Burnout doesn’t exist and, if it does, do not share it. It’s taboo. No one really talks about it. So, none of us really know we’re exhausted and we see other influencers doing their thing, hustling, posting, killing it like the rockstars they are [I’m seriously so in awe by some of the gals out there!] and, since we operate alone, we think everyone in this industry has endless energy, living their best life, and always on their A game.

[Although, I’ve heard A-gamers literally never sleep which means I’ll never be on my A-game because I loooove me some sleep!]

And, for me, if I’m being really honest, it makes me feel even lazier because I feel like I should be as motivated as they seem.

But, on the flip side, what if these influencers are sharing extra content from their recent trip JUST so they can get some down time at home in sweats with no makeup on? That’s not #goals so that doesn’t get posted … obviously … but why is that the reality we paint?

Why can’t we just say …. ‘hey, I’m freaking tired. I worked really hard the last couple of ___ [weeks, months, years … you fill in the blank]. I’m taking some time for me’ or even … ‘Today I’m literally not getting dressed because I’ve been traveling for two weeks and I’m tired of making myself up.’

Why can’t we be real? For the sake of ourselves, absolutely, but also the people that follow us.

I love what I do. I love sharing what I’m doing, what’s going on, what makes me happy, what’s on my heart, what I’m wearing, what’s on sale, etc. etc. etc. The root of why I love what I do is that I love connecting with people but when I was thinking about my ‘tiredness’ … I started to realize that all of this sharing, connecting, writing and posting is causing me to hit a wall. I thought about how I have my computer in my lap and my phone in my hand every night when I’m ‘relaxing’ at the end of the day with the boys and a glass of wine. My mind is still on work and I’m not allowing myself to mentally come down from a hectic day. My mind is always going and, while that’s very natural for a business owner, I think it’s important to listen to your mind and your body when it’s telling you to shut it down. Honestly, marinating on these feelings of burn out has been a good thing. It’s allowed me to take a step back and think about what I want my platform to portray. I want this to be a positive space. I want to inspire in healthy ways. There’s a lot of therapy in taking your mind off of your stress. There’s a lot of good that can come from shutting production down for a little bit or even cutting down production in order to improve quality. When you work for yourself, it really is so hard to ‘clock out’. It stresses me out to not be constantly chipping away at the to do list but I’m realizing that it comes at a cost.

As I was experiencing burn out recently, I asked y’all to share what you do when you have been chipping away at that to do list too hard or working too much. A lot of you responded and it made me feel less alone, which was so nice! The truth is, being a blogger doesn’t make me any more prone to burn out than what you do for a living! We all experience it. So, I’ve put together the list of things y’all have shared with me that you do to prevent and / or conquer burnout and thought I’d share them with you! At the end of the post, I’ll share what I did to get myself motivated again!

• Remind yourself that enjoying ‘me time’ / taking a break isn’t a sign of weakness but rather an awareness and dedication to self care.

• Establish times where it’s a ‘no phone zone’. Truly unplug by leaving your phone in another room while you read or catch up on a show or at home when you go out with your husband or friends.

Deactivate social media accounts or app’s that you waste a lot of time on and distract you from getting things done.

Turn off push notifications for work stuff if you’re easily tempted to take care of it if you see it, even if you’re technically ‘off’ work.

• In the same regard, don’t check work emails at night, before you get to the office and / or on weekends if at all possible.

Getting out of the office midday – whether that’s lunch with a friend, a work out class or going home to walk your pups – and DON’T talk about work!

Going to conferences or professional development events can help spark new inspiration when you’re feeling a little ‘meh’ about work

• A solo spa day with a good book always works for me!

Create a self-care plan and stick to it!

Put enjoyable things on your calendar throughout the week to look forward to and don’t compromise them! Stick to them like you work a work appointment.

Work somewhere else for a few days out of the week! Sometimes I find new inspiration and energy by doing that … not always going to the same desk all the time.

• If I’m in a work funk, I try to find renewed motivation by reading a book that’s related to my industry or, if I’m just completely over work, I choose a book that I can just get lost in. Reading is both motivation and therapy for me.

• Do whatever completely relaxes and refreshes to you! Literally, just take a day for yourself. Go to the spa. Do an at home facial, pour a glass of wine and watch your favorite movie SANS phone, take a nap, clean … whatever that looks like for you … do it!

• Completely consume yourself with the things you love. Some of my favorites are coffee, scripture, manicures, visiting my friends and family, writing, serving my community, napping.

Spend time accomplishing a non-work goal like a DIY home project or cooking something new!

Refocus. Spend time asking yourself hard questions and do your best to remember why you do what you do.

Aren’t all of these great? Some of y’all need something relaxing like a night in, catching up on shows with a glass of wine followed by a good nights sleep and others need something active like Chi Yoga or Zumba with girlfriends! It’s so cool how different we all are! 🙂

Someone messaged me a great tip on what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed at work but can’t leave to go conquer your burnout. She says she makes a list of three things that she HAS to get done that day … just three! She says the rest can wait until the next day. She makes those three things her focus and nothing else. I think mental boundaries are really important. I find myself operating with so many tabs open upstairs and my brain literally hurts at the end of the day. So, I’m going to try and do what she does more often.

Here are some of the things that I need to do in order to conquer burn out:

SOLO SPA DAY – This was the first thing I set out to do on the day that I shared with you all that I was experiencing burn out. I had no desire to be on my computer. I had no desire to put together content or share any content for that matter. I just wanted time to myself. I wanted to relax and not think about anything. I wanted to just allow my mind to rest. So, I booked an 80-minute Aromatherapy Massage at my favorite local spa. It was 80-minutes of pure bliss. Before I went back, I sat out in one of the lounge chairs that overlooks a view of the ocean and a woman from Oklahoma sparked up conversation. That’s a pretty risky thing to do at a spa where people to go to relax but I didn’t mind. She was such a sweet person. We only chatted for about 5-minutes before we got called for our services but we talked travel and how important it is. We really connected in that short time and I thought it was such a sweet thing that I was able to spend even just that much of my day chatting with someone new about their life, where they’ve been, what they’ve learned, why they’re here, etc. That alone left me refreshed … and the massage was certainly a large cherry on top!

CHOOSING A HEALTHY MENTALITY: I sometimes have to consciously tell myself that it’s okay to not post on Instagram from time to time – even if it hurts my ‘numbers’ due to the new Instagram algorithm. I know that might seem strange or foreign to some people but, it’s technically part of my job to maintain an online presence. Granted … I’m a natural sharer and that’s why I share myself online, not so much because I have to, but sometimes that thought creeps in to my mind when I just don’t want to be ‘on’. I have to consciously remember that work is important. We were designed for a purpose and we should be working hard toward that purpose and toward the goals we’ve set for ourselves but, on the seventh day of creation, God rested so, I believe we were also designed us to rest. And enjoy it. Work should not dictate our lives all day every day. We need time with family. With friends. With ourselves. With our animal babies. With our real babies. Life can’t be all consumed by ONE aspect of our lives. We need to nurture them all and it’s okay to put work to the side sometimes. Can you tell this is something I have to tell myself from time to time? Haha, I wish it wouldn’t make me feel guilty. It’s also important to truly ask yourself …. why am I motivated to ALWAYS be working? Is it a healthy motivation or not? Sometimes that’s a hard question to answer and the answer may be a hard one to face but … I think it’s important to do so. It could help you experience a more healthy mindset. Something that helps me maintain a healthy mentality is spending time listening to podcasts that are centered around my faith or reading devotionals. They help me get back on track if I allowed other things to fully consume my mind and heart.

UNPLUG – When I feel a little burned out from work, I make a conscience effort to put my phone and computer in another room. It’s amazing what you can get done around your house when you do this and it’s amazing how relaxed your mind feels when you just allow yourself to look at something else besides your phone. This is why I loved riding the Tube in London. It forced me OFF of my phone and to read a book on my Kindle instead. [A Kindle is still a device, yes, but … when you live in a big city, you take advantage of different ways to travel light.] It allowed me to take my mind off of what I’m always thinking about, which we all need from time to time.

LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF – One of my best friends, Whitney, has told me about a personality test called Enneagram in the past but, I’ve never felt more motivated to take it than I have after my recent reset. While recharging, I took the test and spend some time learning about myself which, in turn, helped to answer some questions I had been mulling over about myself. Why am I this way? What motivates my behavior? Why do certain things annoy me that don’t seem to bother other bloggers? I consider myself a very self-assured, confident person but I think it’s natural for us to wonder about ourselves sometimes and maybe wish some of our traits were different. Knowing my Enneagram number [I’m a 9, which is The Peacemaker, with a 1 wing, which is The Perfectionist] has given me some strong insight into what my core motivation is in life, how I operate when I’m in a healthy state, average state and unhealthy state, how I operate when I’m stressed, how I operate in periods of growth and it also gives tells me what my vice is … what I need to watch out for.Each number has a vice.  Come to find out … SLOTH is my vice, which explains why I feel lazy when I feel overwhelmed, burned out and uninspired. I feel like knowing my Enneagram number is a way I can care for myself better … it gives me markers to look out for. What’s your Enneagram number?

TURN OFF PUSH NOTIFICATIONS – So, being a 9 on the Enneagram scale means that I don’t really like to be at odds with anyone, which makes certain aspects of my job hard for me to internally handle. I have learned that turning OFF push notifications when I need to FOCUS on getting things done has been really helpful in preventing burn out. I always want to respond to people right away because I’m always like ‘oh it’ll just take a second’ but those seconds add up and, before I know it, it’s 9:00pm and I’ve done everything else … made everyone else happy … but my blog post for the next day is nowhere near being completed and ready for scheduling. If I’m constantly responding to every response on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or even text message … I feel discouraged, like I can’t get it all done and, in reality, my focus can’t ALWAYS be about connecting … it has to be about production sometimes, too! As a 9, I don’t need a push notification to remind me to connect with people, to check my direct messages, etc. That comes naturally to me so, removing push notifications from my phone has been that healthy boundary that helps me improve my focus and productivity on other tasks and then I get back to connecting when it’s time for that! 🙂

R E L A X – I recharge by sleeping in, taking my time to do everything I need to do around the house, playing with my pups, putting an old movie on and just relaxing around the house. No rushing. Just relaxing, enjoying the little things and getting small things done here and there. That’s the best in my opinion!

What do you do to unwind, recharge and / or conquer burnout? Please share! I want this post to be one where people get some good ideas and feel like they’re not alone! What is it about your job that runs you down and wears you out?  Thanks for stopping by, ladies! Have a great day! xo.

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27 thoughts on “Best Ways To Prevent & Conquer Burn Out

  1. This is so good, Alyson. I get really burnt out, sometimes for just a couple days and sometimes for weeks at a time. I’ve found that putting my phone in the other room when I relax at night is a really good trick. It makes me feel so guilty in the moment because I can’t respond to people or keep up with things, but once I get past that I feel so much better. It makes my evenings MINE again! And I just need that time for myself. This was a perfect reminder for me to do that! Hopefully I can make some time for it this weekend!

  2. Terra Roisin says:

    Hi Alyson,

    Wow, this is exactly what I needed to read right now. As I have been so focused on growing my blog in the last year wile being a mom and working, that I feel I am approaching burnout. There is always more to do than I can possibly get done and it’s so hard to “turn it off” when you want something so badly. But reading your post has shown me it’s important to take time out to recharge and even to stimulate creativity. Thank you for being so open and honest about what blogging takes (and can take out of you!) and even sharing there are days where you just don’t feel like making yourself up…it’s real life and so refreshing to hear! <3

    Terra
    Fifteen Minutes to Flawless

  3. Teresa says:

    Alyson, thank you for posting this! It oddly came at a time that I was feeling the exact same way! I am a total perfectionist and have been overworking myself lately and feeling exhausted and irritated by everyone. You inspired me to force myself to unplug and get out of my apartment and I spent a whole day relaxing and having fun and I feel SO MUCH better. Thanks for being real 🙂

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Awww, Teresa!! Good for you!! I think our world these days glamorizes busy-ness, being on top, getting all the things done, etc. We overcommit and go at things too hard ALL the time. It’s okay to work hard and do a good job but we need to let ourselves rest and I’m proud of you for letting yourself do just that. Glad you’re feeling better 🙂 xo.

  4. Sharzad says:

    I totally get burnt out and then “meh” about my job too at times! Definitely taking a break midday, working out and unpluggging are my ways to unwind. It’s refreshing to see a popular blogger like yourself be honest though, because I’ve always wondered how bloggers DON’T get burnt out! They work ALL the time, and probably even harder on their vacations and during fun events because that’s when they can dress the cutest and have even more things to share. Take a break girl, you deserve it!

  5. Thanks for keeping things real and posting content like this! I hope your burn out gets better and you are able to take time for yourself as needed. Much love to you girly!!

  6. lisaLisa Tran says:

    Glad you’re taking to re-evaluate and refresh! Btw, I love your desk setup! I was hoping you’d link the mat you have your computer on!

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverydayelevated.com

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      I added the link in the Shop The Look section at the bottom. It’s not available in pink anymore, though. It’s just a placemat 🙂

  7. Jessica says:

    Fantastic ideas girl!!! Getting burnout sucks and these ideas are gold!

    xo, jess

    alljessedup.com

  8. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I feel like I’m heading towards a burn out really soon. I hate that if I skip a day on Instagram, I loose a bunch of followers and I’m already having a really hard time growing as it is.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  9. Tammy Sigwarth says:

    I am a home-based sales rep for a national company. The days that I am on the road and traveling are spent in front of people–constant smiles and energy and being away from those I love. I love my job but there are times I just need to get into my car and say some choice words… Weekends are best with an un-showered morning, enjoying a third cup of coffee, lounging in my husband’s tee and zoning in front of HGTV…

    We all need to recharge and we are all human… How fun to share one of your Human moments… bed head, 90s era lounge pants, or your favorite zit cream still on…. Human reminders—we all can relate! We are all strong, non judgmental women who say, ‘rock it out sister!’

  10. This is such a great topic to talk about! And I definitely want to take that personality test! My fave things to do to relax are: getting a massage, reading a book, talking a walk, and collecting beach glass. I feel that the true followers (myself included in this) will all be here even when you take some time off. I think it’s much needed! Give yourself a vacay that is away from it all! You deserve it! xoxo

  11. caitlin says:

    oh my gosh lady, you need a week off from blogging. Just take a week off from writing content – we’ll all be here when you’re ready to come back. When you were working as a nurse you had allocated vacation time, should allocate yourself vacation time as well. Go somewhere or stay home and don’t blog about it. There’s nothing wrong with that 🙂

    http://www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

  12. Morgan says:

    I just took the test and am a 1w2. Thanks for sharing that!! I did a post on burn out yesterday and really enjoyed learning how to avoid/correct it!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  13. Glee says:

    Such a timely article! Thank you!!
    One of the best things I’ve ever done is to move my email icon on my phone to the third “page.” By it not being on the home page, I don’t see that little red number by the envelope, and I don’t feel obligated to immediately answer work emails. I can check at the start, middle, and end of my day, and carry on with other projects.

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Wow! That’s an AMAZING tip! I love that idea!!

  14. Jo says:

    When I’m feeling burned out on a creative project, I tend to step away – create some space for myself to enjoy a walk with my pup or cocktails with friends. I don’t rush myself back to anything until I feel inspired. But, that’s easy for me to say since blogging is not a full-time project for me. Thank you so much for sharing this post and your honest feelings! I love the new ways you’ve been shaking things up on S&T, so keep on rocking it!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Aw, thanks Jo! That’s encouraging! I love sharing outfit inspo but I also kind of felt like a mannequin after a while! There’s more to say and share! 🙂 Appreciate your insight! xo.

  15. Lori Monelli says:

    I absolutely love your writing. Your transparency is so refreshing and necessary. Being human means being imperfect. None of have all the answers. If we did what purpose would we have? Self discovery is vital as we evolve.

    You seem wise beyond your years, my dear. Keep doing exactly what your doing and remember to always write your truth.

    I believe each and every person reading this post will take away something relatable to their own lives and appreciate the comfort your written word offers them.

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Lori! I appreciate that! xo.

  16. Ashley says:

    This could NOT be more timely advice…Thank you!!!

    At my job I have to deal with some stressful situations like trying to meet goals with high financial stakes. I also started working remotely, and I’m finding it harder to build personal connections and feel engaged. This combination can be pretty burnout inducing…Beyond ready to take some time off and I may just use some of these tips 🙂

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      You’re welcome! You should definitely take care of yourself! Use Bumble BFF to find some girls in your area who are also looking to make some new personal connections and friendships! xo.

  17. Haley says:

    This was exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you for posting this!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      You’re welcome, Haley! xo.

  18. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Simply an inspired and helpful post. Great tips! 🙂
    Merci for sharing.

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Thanks Mia! xo.

  19. Ray says:

    I just like to chill and take a breather when this happens. Inspiration doesn’t come to me as often as I’d like and I guess it’s okay.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

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