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Life in paradise ain’t always peaches and cream.
Things can get stressful on the road. Or at home.
From losing pets on house sits, burying pets on house sits, losing all our money and dealing with a dying parent I know how it feels to go through some shit while running a blog.
Terror seems to form a vice-grip on your mind when poopy appears to hit the fan.
You can do 2 things:
- go into a shell, either pulling back from blogging for months or quitting all together
- learn how to deal with stressors so you can keep blogging despite anything that happens
I’m sharing these tips to help you get through some deep stuff because life, as you know, WILL intervene from time to time. Running a blog is easy peasy during times of prosperity but can be hard as hell when stresses arise.
Follow these tips to knife through those feelings so you can keep blogging when things get tough.
1: Blog with Love
Blog with love. Even when you feel pain and suffering. You can do it.
Blogging with love moves your energy from what feels difficult to how you can help others. That shift cuts your stressors off at the knees, making it easier to create and connect even if you still feel pretty stressed.
You can do anything in the world during any circumstances when you genuinely want to help others from a loving space.
2: Surround Yourself with Only Loving People
Hang with loving, caring, high energy folks.
Feed on their energy.
Leave your stresses behind.
If you only hang with folks who are Pity Party Planners you will get nothing done when all appears to turn to custard.
But surrounding yourself with loving, empowering bloggers helps you blog despite any tough stuff you’re going through.
3: Blog for Cathartic Purposes
Blogging is cathartic for me.
I envision myself being cleansed when I sit down to write. Since I blog predominantly from a space of love I am releasing on deeper fears with each post.
I even step into a little fun zone while blogging. Even if life appears to go haywire around me.
Blog for therapy. Blog to express yourself. Blog to gain courage and clarity.
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4: Allow the Stress to Purify You
FER your stresses.
Face. Embrace. Release.
Feel your feelings. Experience stressors. Could mean crying into a pillow. Or punching a pillow. Whatev’s floats your boat.
Feeling stress is the easiest way to clear stress. When cleared, you can feel happier and more at peace, which helps you sit down and get back to your blogging tasks.
5: Break when You Need to
I am human. Even if I appear to be a blogging cyborg (wearing my Skynet Cyberdine Systems T Shirt as I write).
I take off extra hours or days when I need to put out a fire (metaphorically, or, literally, in some off the beaten path locales) or when a particularly difficult situation in life arises.
Blogging through stress means writing and publishing posts, blog commenting, guest posting and social media marketing despite going through some isht over the long haul.
If you stub your toe, maybe you take off a few minutes to address the pain.
If you bury a parent, you will be taking off a few days or weeks to deal with the grief and logistics of the event. But because you’re following these tips you have a long term approach to blogging and get back in the blogging saddle after a few days or weeks versus the months or years long tail spin that some bloggers suffer from after encountering tremendous stress.
Note; no judgments here. We all respond or react differently to trauma and maybe you will be pulled in a different direction after facing a tremendously trying situation. This post is for those who have a love and passion for blogging and wish to persist over the long haul despite facing some rough spots.
6: Recount the Stressful Situation to Sap its Strength
Resisting stress creates stress.
But telling stories about your stresses – through blog posts – literally saps the lower energies of their powers.
I’ve shared wacky travel tales from the road – like the best and worst house sit in Costa Rica – to entertain, inform and inspire. And to also lessen the stresses associated with certain events.
That CR sit was bat shit stressful at times. Unless wading through a wickedly hazardous remote jungle stream teeming with fer de lanzes during biblically torrential downpours to free up your only water source – for 3 miles – that turned brown with silt and you’re also dehydrated having not drunk for hours after sweating your balls off in one of the world’s most humid spots sounds like a breeze (I did embellish the “balls off” part).
Convert your nightmare into a blog post. Render helpful service. Take the wind out of the stress’ sails.
7: Observe How Inspirational Bloggers Handle Stress
My friend Maxwell Ivey is a fabulous blogger who happens to be blind.
After meeting him in NYC I saw the potentially super stressful situations he could encounter on leaving his bed every daily. Max takes life in stride. What seems impossible to most is very possible to him.
Seeing how MI handles stressful situations inspired me to embrace my stressors with more grace and balance.
I’ve blogged through hairy situations by watching how dynamos handle difficult moments.
Observe how inspirational bloggers handle stress. If they can do it you can too.
8: Double Down on Sleep
Sleep is the great stress killer.
When I feel stressed or run down I make sure to get 8-10 hours daily. Even if I feel good I stay bed bound 8 hours or longer.
Getting ample sleep rests your mind, recharges your body and allows stress to dissolve into peace.
Perfect space for blogging.
9: Release Lower Energy Folks from Your Life
Surrounding yourself with loving people is one thing.
Letting go negative nellies is quite another.
Some stressed out bloggers feast on inspirational people (sometimes literally) and videos and quotes, yet turn around and spend much of their time with stressed out, unhappy, panicked people.
Could be a dyed in the wool negative nellie. Or could be a normally loving person who’s going through stuff.
Go into hiding for a bit. Get away from stress as you learn to face, embrace and release stress on your own.
Trying to run a blog while dealing with your stress and the stresses of unclear folks around you is virtually impossible.
Go off the grid. Let go the lower energies.
10: Return to Spirit
Spirit knows not stress. Only minds know stress.
Pray. Forgive yourself. See love around you. Feel cared for. Feel like Spirit is in your corner.
The world and its people create stress.
Spirit is love, peace and harmony.
Recommended Resource: A Course in Miracles
How do you handle stress?
Are you regularly blogging through stressful situations?
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