5 Habits To Stay Healthy & Sane As A Blogger

5 Habits To Stay Healthy & Sane As A Blogger

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The Romanticized Version of a Digital Life

What do you think of when someone tells you that they are a digital nomad, blogger, or remote entrepreneur? In my mind, I see women in beautiful dresses gallivanting off to exotic places for pictures with pigs on white sand beaches or wearing their coolest workout gear as they zip line through the howler monkeys of Costa Rica. I picture remote professionals snacking on giant plates of free fruits and running from one task to the next, rarely taking a minute to sit. This is my dream version of influencers, freelancers, digital nomads, and bloggers. The reality is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with an online job is rough and not as romanticized or active as imagined.

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The Reality for Part- and Full-Time Bloggers

Don’t get me wrong. At times, many bloggers are caught in the action listed above. What you don’t see are the sometimes 12-14 hour days in front of the computer screen, furiously typing away, barely moving, like vampire zombies trapped in hotel rooms and homes.

I recently joked with a fellow blogger how I forgot to pee the other day. Yup. TMI, but it is the truth. I had been typing and working on projects for three hours straight and just did not want to break the flow or get up. Only when my three devices started to power down, red batteries blaring, did I stop for the night. Then, I peed. Healthy and sane? F’ No!

This addiction to the screen, to always do better, to work harder, and to get ahead is in my heart and mind 24/7. I own an online business and blog. I want to succeed and will. There are few boundaries. Because of this attitude, maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a blogger is hard and takes effort.

This addiction to the screen, to always do better, to work harder is always there. I own an online business. There are few boundaries. Because of this, maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a blogger is hard and takes effort. Click To Tweet

Why Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle is Important

As someone with a chronic illness—I suffer from severe ulcerative colitis (UC) and am on killer autoimmune suppressants—I value my health and wellness. I know and understand the importance of exercise, drinking water, getting time away from the screen, and self-care. I make time for me. If I didn’t, my energy would burst into a fiery, destructive ball, and I would self-implode. My internal organs would fight back, I wouldn’t get solid sleep, and I’d be a bitch of a person to spend time with. How do I manage to sustain wellness? Here are 5 habits and tips for staying healthy as a blogger, freelancer, and digital nomad:

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5 Habits for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle as a Blogger

1. Establish a Regular Workout Routine

I May Smile On IG but I’m Seriously Ready To Throw Some Punches

If I fail to workout for even a few days, I start to go crazy. Truly. My stress levels build, I get restless, and my mood shifts. It’s like I have PMS 24/7. Even the cats hide. Setting aside time to workout is extremely important to me, and I make this my number one personal priority and number two business priority. In the business realm, meeting my deadlines and commitments is number one.

When To Make Time

Physical activity is hard to make time for, and everyone has different goals and motivations. Mine are to be fit, healthy, and energetic. I’m not really into building muscle mass or losing weight—UC keeps that one in check for me. I try to workout in the morning to get my juices flowing. Yoga improves my creativity and settles my mind. However, I also write best in the morning and social media like a boss at 7:30 AM; sometimes, I push workouts to dinnertime. Motivation later in the day is rough: Like giving up white bread and beer when your doctor accidentally messes up your test results and has you thinking you have diabetes over the long weekend.

Find What Feels Good Yoga & Some Cardio

My typical workout routine: I dedicate 6-7 hours a week to exercise. That’s a lot for some, I know. This means I set aside one hour a day plus some for exercise that I enjoy. For me, I spend about 30 minutes completing an at home yoga practice, and another 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. Yoga with Adriene is my girl.

My husband and I have dedicated a tiny room as our gym—mind you, we don’t have kids—and ordered cheaper equipment that gets the job done. We own a basic treadmill and elliptical.  I am also obsessed with my Manduka yoga mat.  There is no other: my mat comes with a lifelong warranty, molds to my body, and is soft yet firm.

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Did Someone Say Beer Yoga?

We also like to workout with others and make time for yoga at the local brewery. Check out my post on beer yoga here. We get to socialize, drink beer, and workout, which is effective for time management. Plus, I love beer.

Overall, working out gives me energy and enhances my creativity. I get to move and stretch. I run off aggression, anger, and disappointment.

Then, I blog.

2. No Blogging or Social Media God and Goddess’ing Before Bed

Put. Down. The. Devices.

I am terrible at this. Hypocrite in the house. I cannot sleep when I blog immediately before bed. For many, especially with other gigs and families, this is the best time to write. I can usually crack out 3 solid hours of work after dinner, especially if the rest of my household is snoozing.

What I noticed, though, is that those articles about computer screen lights are right. Obviously. Nothing in me starts to get sleepy. Even worse, my ideas start flowing, and I cannot turn them off.  I end up running to-do lists in bed, and last night, I dreamed about pinning my latest post.  Can we say nightmare, anyone? I cannot escape. What is a blogger to do?

How To Escape That Evil Red Notification

I try—keyword is ‘try’—to get off all social media and blogging one hour before bed. I suck at not clearing out those little red notifications one last time, though. It’s addicting and dumb. I once took a seminar where the speaker told us never to have phone notification icons pop up; aka the red circle with a threatening and incessantly increasing number. This tactic does not work for me. Maybe killing yours will work for you.

What You Can Do Before Bed

Because I am also a book blogger, I try to read a book in that last hour. Reading is calming, and while still a form of work, it’s different. I’ll go for one of my paperback copies versus a digital file, again for that pesky blue light.

Regardless, try, try, try to get off screen time before bed. Binge watch some Queer Eye on Netflix, read a book, do some light yoga, or play with your critters.  A few of my favorite reads lately: A Long GoodbyeChill Out With A Good Book List, Books For Dadand Between Two Minds.

3. Work Smarter, Not Harder: Clichés are True!

No One Can Do It ALL

You cannot do it all. I repeat, YOU. CANNOT. DO. IT. ALL. You are human and not a machine. First, you do not need to have every single platform and tool as a blogger, especially if you are a newer one. I see new bloggers burning out by trying to grow every single social media channel while having a weekly newsletter and offering freebies and courses. Whoa Nellie. One step at a time, and do what works for you. Doing it all is not part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is not productive.

Scheduling Tools Are My Jam

My second best piece of advice is to use scheduling tools. Facebook Business has a scheduling tool built right in—free and easy to use. While other bloggers schedule Instagram and Twitter posts, I currently focus on Pinterest. I am Tailwind-obsessed.  I originally did not want to drop the $100+ a year for this scheduler, but I am so glad I did.

Pinterest is my number one traffic source and also the easier channel for me to grow. You can check out my Pinterest page for proof. P.S. I also have group boards for books and travel. With Tailwind, I schedule 30-50 pins a day, some of which are my personal blog posts and others from strong bloggers. Tailwind knows my personal peak engagement times so while I am sleeping, Tailwind is popping in my posts. They are getting re-pinned and shared consistently. My blog traffic is steadily rising. 200% worth the investment.  Click to jump right into Tailwind here, if you want my favorite blog tool. You can also try Tailwind for free–not really representative of the paid version–here.

The Best Pinterest Course On The Web

P.P.S. If Pinterest and Tailwind seem scary or foreign to you, I cannot recommend enough this course by EllDuclos from Boss Girl Bloggers. With over a million Pinterest views, Lauren is the Pinterest goddess.  Check out her Pinterest account.  Lauren (Ell) teaches you how to set up a business Pinterest account, use SEO and Tailwind, and bring traffic to your blog. Just one day after taking her course, my views rose 30K, hitting 200K in a month, and over 600,000 in less than 3 months.  Lauren’s course is super cheap and available here.  Best blogging course I have taken to date.  Scout’s Honor!

Batch Work Is My B*tch

Lastly under scheduling, I recommend trying to ‘batch’ your work. Spend half a day planning all of your Instagram posts for the month. Take the other half to schedule your Pinterest pins and create new pins to recycle older posts. I need to get better at batching with other social media channels and blog posts because, trust me, this practice saves time.

Being productive and working smarter is better for your overall health.  You will find that you have more time for you and family.  Work will get down faster and be even better.


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4. Taking Real Breaks and 100% Signing Off During Meals

Wait, why are you even following my advice right now? Here we go: I SUCK AT THIS NOT EATING AND WORKING THING.   I instagram comment while I am eating lunch, I tweet during morning breakfast, and I Facebook troll sharing threads over coffee. DO NOT EAT AND BLOG/SM AT THE SAME TIME. See how I even made social media an adjective? UGH!

Do Not Eat During Work

No joke, do you ever hear about bloggers gaining a ton of weight? One, we are pretty stationary creatures. Two, mindless eating during tasks is something Dr. Oz would shame you for. I don’t even know how I ate that entire sandwich in front of me while returning Instagram comments. Where did it even go? Is it in my belly? Did the cat steal it? Why do I feel like puking. SHIT!!!! Not to mention that box of crackers has no crackers in it?!

 

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Don’t Be Like Your Drunk College Self

Take breaks. Real breaks. Not pseudo breaks. Do your stomach and health a favor: Just like texting and driving is ignorant and deadly so is eating and social media’ing. Think back to your college days of drunk texting. Were the consequences stellar or just an f’ing embarrassing mess?

Oh, and drink water.  Lots of it.  AND PEE.  Unlike me.

5. Creating A Work Space(s)

Only Child-Style: This Is Mine

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a blogger is making sure that you have designated working space. Create a workspace that is yours and only yours. This space should be inviting, inspiring, and preferably have a closed door.  My cats live on my living room desk. I’m about ready to put them to work.

In addition, this area should be clean and well organized. If your space isn’t together, I doubt your life and blog is. OMG, I’ve been watching too much Queer Eye.

Change It Up

For me, I also find that I like to switch up my work area. If I am mindlessly pinning, sitting in front of a non-engaging TV show works for me. If I haven’t gotten fresh air—which is important—I might move to the patio area. Heck, although some bloggers swear that you should get dressed and not blog in bed, I do not subscribe to this theory. I work well in sweats, and if you can comfortably type without getting carpal tunnel in bed tunnel, go for it.

But….

A warning to the wise: I do find that when I move around my workspace, I will start working 24/7 from everywhere. This is bad. I take less breaks, work on my breaks, and break all my rules. Not healthy. There are no boundaries. Exercise with caution.  And then, really, go exercise!

Having a space that is yours and screams work is productive and personally makes me happy.

Can we add TUL’s #6? BOOZE!!

Wine is life.  Wine is healthy.  Therefore maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a blogger is drinking wine. Obviously!

Feeling Healthier?  Inspired?  I Just Broke Two of These Damn RULES.

Working out regularly, having designated workspace, and knowing when to stop are keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a blogger and remote freelancer.  It is not always easy, but the smallest steps are better than none.

What other tips would you add?

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24 Comments

  1. September 7, 2018 / 10:56 am

    this is so much helpful !

    • Christine
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 10:59 am

      Thank you so much!

  2. September 7, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    This is such an important post, not only for bloggers but everyone! I find that we all are so addicted to our devices and emails that we never really power down, which is a shame. I have a no-internet screen rule in my bedroom and don’t have push notifications for anything on my phone but text messages (I even uninstalled Twitter and Facebook apps). It really helps to carve out little rituals for yourself and unplug often – I find that it makes me more productive in life, at work, and on my blog!

    • Christine
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      I am so jealous that you have the willpower not to have push notifications on your phone. I tried it for a few months, but once I started blogging more seriously, it all went to heck. It’s addicting to clear those little buggers. Sigh.

      I definitely agree, though, I am more productive too when I unplug and carve out time appropriately. I get burned out if I don’t find the balance.

      Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

  3. September 7, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I need to take this to heart! I also need to manage the batch work much better! Thanks for the tips!

    • Christine
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Why is batch work so dang hard? It makes so much sense, but I always find myself splitting tasks. Thank you for reading!

  4. September 7, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Great post. Anyone can adapt these tips to their everyday life, not just bloggers.

    I gotta say, I am very selfish with my time and my self-care. Blogging is part of my self-care ritual and I try not to put pressure on myself because I have enough stresses in my everyday life… like laundry (that really makes me PMSy). Of course, I’m not a full-time blogger, yet. Hopefully int he future that will change.

    I don’t workout. I don’t enjoy it. I’ve tried over and over again. I force myself to do it because it’s good for me. I hate when my BFF says to me, “I love the burn!” Ummm, no I don’t like the burn? And what’s the lightheaded feeling? No thanks, I like to be grounded. The burn I want to feel the from the bourbon slipping down my throat on a special night. You know what I mean? I do like going out on hikes every now and then with the hubby. While I’m afraid of bugs and my own backyard (true story), I enjoy a good nature walk… as long as all crawlly things stay away from me.

    Ok, now I’m just getting off topic, ha. Just wanted to say my biggest problem is my eating habits. When I’m busy and tired, I eat crap. It’s so bad. I gained 5lbs in the past month. I will admit a lot of it was comfort food since August was a tough month in general. Still, I need to eat better.

    Oh, reminder, you need to pee!
    Love ya! Kathy @ Tasty Itinerary

    • Christine
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      HAHA, I DO need to pee ; )

      I completely respect that you don’t like working out–for years, I couldn’t get into. It’s miserable if it’s not your thing, and I definitely don’t think anyone should be miserable. I think occasional hikes are a nice substitute. Even long walks outside or swimming in the pool. I love yoga–so I never have a problem motivating there. The elliptical in the summer is hard for me. Even with AC it is just too dang hot. I’ll push myself a little to hop on, but I go for the treadmill if it’s making me not want to workout. Give and take.

      I don’t have bad eating habits, but I love my wine and beer. EMPTY calories are my problem.

      I am terrified of my backyard so I feel you. We have giant, poisonous spiders and all types of critters. Plus, rattle snakes and other nasty little guys that you will take out you and your toes.

      I need to put a little less pressure on myself with blogging. I love your view. I try to do it all–it’s impossible. I just have to go with the flow more and realize it’s ok to miss a few posts here and there. I want it to be fun and also work–and semi full-time (like 30 hours a week with decent income). We will get there one day!

      Have a great weekend!

  5. September 8, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Great tips, thank you for this!! I definitely need to try batch-work. Exercise is amazing for body & mind! Totally am guilty of working on my bed; working in my room isn’t the problem, but not having a desk is!! I’m trying to find one at the moment, but I have started using the desk we have in our loft, and it’s helping me not to associate my bed with blogging or school work 🙂

    • Christine
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thank you! I used to have the same view about the bed but with TV. For years, I refused to have a tv in the bedroom. I wanted bed to mean bed only. Unfortunately, we caved on that rule a little lol. On occasion, like a rainy day, I am a sucker for a movie in bed under the covers.

      I really have to stop going on my social media including Instagram and Twitter while I am eating. That’s my biggest problem. Now, I usually scroll through IG on a workout machine if I feel behind. At least I am working out and distracting myself from working out!

  6. September 12, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    As a digital nomad traveling the world, writing blogs, and a book I can so relate to this post. I feel like my body is falling apart as I sit typing away. I have found if I take the time to walk away and either work out, or walk or ride my bike I am actually more creative and productive when I am writing. It is worth taking the time. I turned off my notifications years ago. I have times I check during the day and don’t do it in-between. It maintains my sanity.
    thank you for your other suggestions. I will definitely be implementing them. Maybe then I will have the energy to tackle the world of Pinterest.

    • Christine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 9:09 am

      I want to hear more about this book writing. I think I missed this along the way. Or I remember discussing briefly? I’m the worst! You can PM me sometime if you don’t want to share the details to the world ; ) Book writing is my goal one day too!

      My body is 200% falling apart. I was just complaining that my back is hurting–and I do yoga 5 times a week. I don’t think my chair is very ergonomic.

      I love going for walks to clear my head. We have a trail that is pretty close, and as soon as the weather cools off a tad more, I will be hitting it. I agree–working out is great for creativity.

      I’m so jealous that you turned off your notifications. I think I need baby steps–like just not looking at them.

      Pinterest is the easiest for me, and doesn’t require as much attention like the evil IG. If you ever need help with it, let me know.

  7. Hayley Gibson
    September 13, 2018 / 2:04 am

    I love this! I am the worst for writing lists and knowing exactly what I need to do then getting distracted by other less important things and trying to cram my to-do list late at night and get mega-stressed before bed (literally not even important enough to be stressing). I always read before bed and find that definitely helps, but last night I was reading an e-book on phone and.. ta-da couldn’t sleep and woke up at 6am (wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing but I’m two hours in and yet to tick anything off my to-do list…) Thank you for this marvellous post reminding us to stay healthy and put time in for ourselves. I’m well up for beer yoga!

    • Christine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you! Sadly, I am chilling in bed right now on a Friday night going through awesome blog comments. I had a great day out but also have a week of blog comments that I need to catch up on. My goal is to turn the screen off one hour before bed tonight. We will see!

      I’m really awesome at cramming in my to-do list before bed too lol. It’s my most productive time, but I gotta stop. I don’t know why I stress either. It’s killing my sleep.

      Ebooks definitely jack with my sleep too.

      We will have to find beer yoga for Germany this winter. ; ) Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading.

  8. September 13, 2018 / 2:12 am

    You are spot friggen on, lady! It took me a long time to rid myself of the early-00s image of a blogger as a snarky white guy ranting about how unfair the world is (I call this archetype the Zuckerbergian Monster) – luckily they’ve all moved over to Reddit and 4chan 😉 and now here are the rest of us, just trying to eat and drink and sleep but unable to tear ourselves away from the comments and the social media and the courses and the email… oy!

    Like you, I try to shut off the blog work before bed and focus on reading (but I find I don’t get my best reading done that way, because my eyelids are drooping and half the time I pass out with the book on my chest), and that habit is a work in progress. The other thing I’ve found most important in maintaining my balance is GETTING OUTSIDE! I don’t own a car, so I have to walk to get anywhere: to visit someone, to events, to the liquor store… those enforced walking breaks have saved my sanity (and, let’s be real, probably my waistline).

    • Christine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      AHAHAHA BEST COMMENT EVER. They seriously did all move over to Reddit, and sometimes I think they are on Twitter now too.

      You know, I have never yet to pass out with a book on my chest? Not even in college as a double English and History major.

      Getting outside it SO IMPORTANT and just freaking nice. The liquor store is also key here…we both have reputations to maintain.

      Have a great weekend, and thanks for the comment! I have to go see what you wrote about John Green. I’m saving it for my weekend fun reading.

  9. September 14, 2018 / 9:08 am

    Man, it is so important, especially for people who make their money on a screen, to take a dedicated amount of time each day to just move! I like the idea of setting aside one hour per day to do something physical. My job is physical, but I still try to get in at least a half hour of dedicated workout per day.
    So many great tips here! Definitely Tweeting this one!

    • Christine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I feel like I live on my computer. When I was a librarian, I sat at the reference desk all day. Luckily, I had to get up a lot to help others in the computer lab or find books on the shelves. As a freelancer now, I sit so much. I almost want one of those standing desks or to put a bicycle rig underneath my desk. Thanks for sharing too! Much appreciated. Have a great weekend!

  10. September 14, 2018 / 9:10 am

    very helpful tips!!
    like the one about not being your college self hehe. 😀
    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Christine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Haha, thank you! Gosh those college days ; ) Walks away embarrassed…

  11. September 14, 2018 / 9:14 am

    I’m not kidding at all when I say that thanks to reading your article, this comment is the last thing I’m writing before going for a run. I was putting it off all day “just to finish one more post”, but you’re 100% correct that maintaining my health is more important. Thanks for the friendly reminder at just the right time 🙂

    • Christine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Yay, that’s awesome! I’ve been semi-bad about following my own advice this week, but I try. When I do work at being healthier and taking breaks, I sleep and feel much better. I literally keep going and going sometimes. Those little red notifications kill me–I have to attack them. Hope you had a great run!

  12. September 15, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Great article Christine, I can really relate to the screen addiction, spending crazy hours trying to get it done. I need to try and follow your advise and schedule my social media time. It takes me way to long. Thanks for the reminder, I truly needed that.

    • Christine
      Author
      September 16, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Hey Doug, Thank you! The screen addiction is terrible. I am hoping to schedule more of my social media by the end of the year (like Twitter and Instagram). I definitely want more time for blogging and writing. And sleeping…

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