A few weeks ago I had a social media meltdown. yup, you read that correctly. A complete social media meltdown. It just hit me smack in the face, I hate social media. What? Not me, I love Instagram, I blog, I run a social media marketing company. What is happening right now? But I’m telling the truth.
I went through a sick streak of hating social media and it left me feeling defeated. I know that may sound dramatic but it is what it is. It felt dramatic! I was rapidly losing interest in blogging and starting to feel pressure concerning my social media marketing company. My work and hobbies revolve around a need to use social media so I knew I had to get to the root of the issue and solve it.
My social media disaster plan
1). Unplug: Time to cut back. I was spending way too much time online. Way way too much time staring at either my phone or computer. I work full time and I blog. I treat my blog like a job (post here) and due to that I’m always working. I’m always looking at my work duties, my blog, writing posts, generating content, reading, etc. I had to cut back, I took a week-long break from social media and I promise you it changed me. I felt connected to my real life and when I came back to social media I felt more organized and creative. If you blog full-time, taking a week off will feel horrible but everyone needs a vacation that allows them to truly unplug (in my opinion).
Let my mind rest. Working constantly is fun in a ton of ways. I like to be busy and active. I love to create and it makes me happy to accomplish goals but I was in a period of burnout. Why? I didn’t give my mind time to regroup. Constantly creating is fun and all but for me I hit a dead-end road where I felt uninspired and a bit discouraged in everything from social media to blogging. Letting my mind rest allowed me time to regroup, enjoy life and what is happening around me. In turn, I can put real life back into my blog and social media and not just go through the motions of creating content.
3). Learn that everything can’t be perfect
Just be you baby. I can’t be anyone but me and guess what – I’m not perfect. I’ve talked before about how the comparison game can get out of control (post here). Especially when it comes to social media and blogging. Instagram is full of perfect photos and it is a reflection of a perfectly curated life. But wait – Life isn’t like that now is it? Nope sure isn’t. Life is a beautiful mix of good, bad, highs, lows, tears, and laughter. Everything can’t be perfect and I can’t be anyone but me. From this post would you know that I just recovered from kidney stones, Nah sure wouldn’t. Want to see a picture of that? Nah, you probably don’t. See, it is much easier to post about the good but I try my best to mix in all levels of life. Which leads me to my next point.
4). Good Vibes Only
More real and less fake. A few weeks ago, I posted about taking in and putting out Good Vibes only (post here). In this post I talk about my faith and personal perspective on life. I want to put good in and put good out. I want to put what is real in life in front of what is fake. I don’t think anything good comes from fake. With that said, blogging has a certain element to it that makes it kind of not true. Maybe fake or untrue isn’t the correct word – I’m struggling here with the right word, work with me.
The majority of what you see in the blog world is planned, thought out, edited, revised, paid, or unpaid. It’s a job. Just like I fake smile through lunchtime meetings when I really want to eat a hamburger. The same applies to blogging. That is how we end up with endless amounts of beautifully edited content. I try to be as real as I can to balance it out because I want to be authentic and I want to put good vibes back into blogging.
I’m back from my break and I feel great and inspired again. If I start to feel the burnout again I’ll simply wash, rinse, and repeat. What do you guys do to recover from social media or blog burnout?