Having days off work for mental health.
Do you take days off of work for mental health reasons? If you don’t, you really should.
Our mental health and wellbeing is so very important. And it’s important to take the time to take care of yourself.
It’s been such a relaxing weekend for me that was much needed. It’s so important as a blogger to have days off of work for the good of your mental health.
Blogging is very time consuming and it’s hard to get everything done as a small business owner. It takes a lot out of you.
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Lately, I’ve been so overwhelmed trying to juggle so much at once! I have had the worst issues because of my former host, Bluehost, so much that I have permanently switched hosting companies.
Having a great hosting company for your website means less work for you.
Skystra really helped me out when my website was going so slow and I wasn’t getting any help from Bluehost in fixing this issue. I felt like I didn’t get the help I needed and I wasn’t being heard.
Whenever I submitted the request I needed help with, it took them forever to “fix” my problem and it never was fixed. I would double check afterwards too.
I’m also a very patient person so I stayed with Bluehost, even giving them plenty of second chances. I made the mistake of paying for the full year upfront and that didn’t go well.
I stayed with them because my year was paid for. But, the quality of their service wasn’t up to my standards.
You need a great hosting company for your website, especially if you aren’t so techy.
I’m really glad I have switched. I’ve been with Skystra not even a month and they have helped me with ALL of the issues I have complained about for over half a year.
Their customer service is so amazing. I’m so happy I made the switch to a better host.
All of my questions, even the most “silly” ones are answered so quickly and I see results. Am I recommending them? Definitely.
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In all of my future posts you won’t see me recommending Bluehost anymore. I wasn’t getting the quality help I was paying for monthly.
To me, it’s important to keep myself heathy and sane throughout my blogging career. The better I feel, the more productive I am.
My website can succeed with a healthy lifestyle and of course, a great hosting company. Blogging is already hard enough so we really don’t need difficulty with tech to add to our growing list of to-do’s.
Self care means taking days off work for your mental health.
Since you are your own boss, you do need to remember to take care of yourself and take breaks. Sometimes, I’m working so much on my blog I forget to eat a meal or even stretch my legs.
If it wasn’t for having to drop my child off at school and pick up, I’m not sure if I’d take the time to take breaks. And that’s not good!
At any regular job, you get your ten minute breaks and thirty minute lunches. So, bloggers need to remember to take your breaks AND eat!
If you find it hard to take care of yourself while having to do so much work, you may want to reconsider your work routine. Create a routine that includes taking care of yourself mentally.
If you don’t take time off, you could stress yourself out.
Bloggers, I do know how difficult it is to not touch your blog. I experienced this my first weekend off. And though it may seem impossible to do, it is possible to take the weekend off.
Take it from a busy work from home mom of two, bloggers deserve a mental break. Running your own blogging business can be so stressful, if you allow it to be.
The key is to have a productive and timely schedule that you stick to. And you need to take your breaks too. It was really difficult for me to just “turn off” from my blog.
Honestly, it is hard. Even with good schedulers like Hootsuite, I still found myself tweeting about my blog during the weekend.
Although I had planned to stay off of social media (promoting blogging wise) I didn’t do that. I’m not saying that it’s easy to turn off, because it’s not. But, it is possible.
Spending present time with my children is what made me want to take the weekends off. I know that it’s not ideal, but kids grow up so quickly. Also, I don’t want to miss any milestones which was the point of working from home.
It’s important as parents to be there for your children and be present for them. You could miss something important and time flies by quick.
How to take days off from blogging work.
You need to schedule your content ahead of time and your pins (if you’re on Pinterest). I try to have two blog posts scheduled in advance, though I know many bloggers who schedule a month in advance.
Ideally, I would love to have a whole month’s worth of content all set up and ready to go. However, it takes time to create great quality posts that connect with your audience.
Creating content is time consuming and requires a ton of your attention. It takes a lot of time to edit and revise it too, before publishing.
You want to make sure your content is the best it can possibly be. In order to take a day off of work, you may want to have your content pre scheduled.
If you have difficulty doing that (like I truly do), you should consider drafting up a post. Type up everything you WANT to say without worrying about grammar, spelling, or anything else.
Once you have that at least saved as a draft, it is much easier to come back and fix it up. Writing constantly is super helpful to always do so that you have some form of content ready to publish.
So, pre scheduling content doesn’t always happen the way I plan it out to. I’m busy enough as is, though I am finding more time to blog when my kiddos are off to bed.
Having your content and promotion scheduled will help you have time off.
Like I said, you need to have certain things scheduled in order for you to not worry about your blog while you’re taking the time off. Trust me, I will worry and won’t sleep if I don’t have things scheduled out.
A planner comes in handy in this situation and I’m coming out with a new planner system blog post very soon.
You can subscribe to get the notification when it’s out. I’m very excited to share my new planner system soon, but you can also check out my old planner system, in the meantime.
Be prepared in order to take days off work for mental health reasons.
For scheduling, I do use Hootsuite for my Twitter account. I just tweet links to my blog posts that could possibly relate to my followers.
There’s no schedule behind that since my twitter following isn’t too big in numbers. When your following increases, you may want to create a productive tweeting schedule.
Regardless I do love Twitter to vent, chat about life, and meet other bloggers. If you’re a blogger and not on Twitter, you’re missing out.
There’s a writing community just there all day to talk to! I have made some great friendships there and it’s really just a friendly place to share your blogging wins and struggles.
As for Pinterest scheduling, I use the free Pinterest scheduler. It lets you schedule up to forty pins in advance.
I did have Tailwind before but I find it an extra expense when I can just manually pin or use the free scheduler. I’m sure Tailwind is as great as they say but my clicks never increased much when I had that service for quite a few months.
Canva is my go to for creating pins and it’s also free. However, I do pay for Canva pro because they have way more amazing images to use.
Investing in Canva pro is not a bad idea. I did that when I started making money from blogging monthly.
I love Canva Pro. Just being able to use whatever image I want really helps me out when I’m creating pins. I know so many bloggers who love Canva Pro.
Building my e-mail list is what’s very important to me, too. I haven’t sent out my first newsletter, but I will this week.
Mailerlite is what I’m using for my e-mail automation services. There are a lot of free e-mail services out there.
As you can tell, running a blog is a lot of work.
Blogging is a lot of hard work. I love it because it gives me a creative yet productive outlet from home while I watch my babies grow.
There’s nothing wrong with that! Taking care of myself has become a priority though.
I’ve noticed if I don’t mentally, physically, and emotionally care for myself, my website suffers and so do I, plus those around me. And that just sets me back.
Do yourself the favor and take your days off. After my first weekend off I was surprised at how much I missed my blog.
I dove right into working on it on Monday. When Friday rolled around I set out to accomplish my tasks just so I could look forward to Saturday and Sunday off.
I’m already looking forward to this weekend! It gives me a chance to clean up my home and relax with my husband and kiddos.
I hope I encouraged you to take your days off, bloggers.
I’m so relieved that I have a great hosting company now and I can relax knowing my technical issues will be handled well with Skystra. Not just that, I’m happy because I made an important decision as a blogger.
Trust me when I say, I know we all want to make money from blogging. However, it’s important as your own boss to set up the right schedule that benefits YOU.
Take the time to take your days off and relax as well. I feel so much better now and I look forward to my weekends. Now, I look forward to Monday’s too because I have a chance to miss blogging over the weekend!
Do you take days off from blogging? Let me know in the comments down below, because I’m curious to know if you do or not. I love to compare my work routine with other bloggers.
And I do realize blogging is very addicting, especially when you start making a monthly income from it. Do you find it as difficult as I do to take breaks?
That’s my biggest question of all!
Leave your website link too down below, if you have one and I’ll take a look! Don’t forget to subscribe to mrsplanahead for more weekly notifications for new blog posts.
Until next time,