5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

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You have 101 things to do in a given day. You have to drop the kids off at school, prepare for an important meeting, study for an exam, redecorate your living room, or catch up with the latest Game of Thrones season. You would love to volunteer, but you just got too much on your plate right now.

But, here’s the thing: volunteering can, in fact, help you reduce stress, learn new skills, find new friends, and make a real difference in your community. If you give it a try, it might open the door to a revolutionary time in your life.

With that in mind, here are five reasons why you should volunteer.

You Can Make a Real Difference

You are extremely lucky. You have clean water, clothing, footwear, food, and access to free education. Maybe it’s time to give back a little. Use your skills to make a real difference in your community.

Do you like to read? Consider teaching. Do you love animals? Work at an animal shelter. Are you handy? Volunteer to build houses and schools for the less fortunate.

It Gives You a Sense of Purpose

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When you volunteer, you will find the things that drive you and make your heart pound with excitement. It changes your perspective, and it can help you realize what you are truly meant to do in your life.

See Also: Why Simple Living is the key to Finding your Life Purpose 

Volunteering Connects You to Like-Minded People

Many people who volunteer tend to be as open-minded, lively, and friendly as you are. It’s fascinating how many like-minded people you will meet when you volunteer, even if they come from different backgrounds or have different ages. You will establish powerful connections that are only possible when you truly are out of your comfort zone. Even if your mindset is completely different from your fellow volunteers, you will bond over the love for the cause you are working for together.

Volunteering Is Good for Your Mind and Body

Helping others and being useful can bring you high satisfaction and motivation, which are the foundation for a healthy mind and body. Numerous studies have shown that there is a direct connection between volunteering and a lower rate of illness or depression. The social contact aspect of volunteering can have a powerful effect on your overall well-being. After all, nothing fights stress better than a real connection with a like-minded person.

If you are introverted, you can opt to volunteer at an animal shelter. Studies have found that working with animals can reduce stress and anxiety.

In addition to improving mood, building self-confidence and combating depression, volunteering can also help you to stay physically healthy. Studies have found that volunteers are healthier and live longer than those who don’t volunteer. Older volunteers tend to have a stronger psychological well-being and remain physically functional for longer.

Volunteering Brings Fulfillment to Your Life

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Researchers at the University of Exeter spent years analyzing tons of data only to confirm what most volunteers already know: giving back makes you happier. Volunteering is a great way to explore your passions and interests. It allows you to escape from your daily routine of school, work, and other commitments and do something energizing and relaxing.

More than that, volunteering can provide motivation, vision, and creativity that you can later use in your personal and professional life. By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you can get a new perspective on your health and happiness and achieve a sense of fulfillment that you can’t get anywhere else.

Volunteering will make you feel good while doing good. It will help you appreciate the amazing, generous life you’ve been given, and it will help you grow as a person.

See Also: 10 Secrets To A Happy and Fulfilled Life 


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A Little Appreciation Can Go a Long Way in Your Relationships

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Couple on the beach

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than bread.” ~Mother Teresa

I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend for over four years. We’ve had our fair share of great times and not so pretty moments, but this summer our relationship was put to the test.

During that time, I went through some major  transitions with my career and personal development, all things that needed to happen for me to be the best version of myself.

Those months were filled with long hours of working and being alone, solely focusing on creating the future I wanted. I was in deep, chasing my dreams, and wouldn’t let anything get in my way.

As time went on, I noticed that my partner was slowly slipping away.

It wasn’t that he wasn’t coming home or was nowhere to be found. He was responding to the fact that I had lost focus on him.

I was failing my partner in the following ways:

  • I didn’t say thank you for all the little things he did for me.
  • I didn’t ask him how his day was. Instead, I was eager to share how my day went.
  • When I faced an obstacle with my goals, I would be rude and short with him.
  • Instead of greeting him with a smile when he arrived home, I treated him as if he was a burden getting in the way of the work I needed to do.
  • Rather than planning and spending time with him, I would work late into the evening.
  • Lastly, I wasn’t present with him. When I did spend time with him, all I did was think about work.

My actions and behaviors were so self-centered that I stopping thinking about how he was doing, how his day went, and what he needed support with.

The end result: he withdrew.

At first I thought he was no longer interested in me, but I eventually came to realize that I wasn’t even close to meeting his needs. And what he needed was simple: appreciation.

He had hinted at it several times in his own way, but I’d had blinders on.

After months of neglect, my boyfriend and I sat at our kitchen table making small talk and slowly tiptoeing into the conversation of what was and wasn’t working in our relationship.

He said, “All I ever want is for you to appreciate me. I don’t need you to cook for me or get all dressed up or buy me things. All I want is to be appreciated.”

His honest and vulnerable declaration brought me to tears. I realized then that I had been causing my partner significant pain and suffering for no reason.

So, with my heart on the table, my eyes swollen from crying, and a common ground of love to move forward on, I told him this: “From now on, I will appreciate you—the big, the small, the silly, and imperfect. I will appreciate it all. I may not be perfect in my practice of appreciation, but I am committed to it, so much so that I have added it to my morning routine.”

Much like the gratitude journal I write in every morning, I now have a journal dedicated solely to all the things I value about my partner.

Every morning I set aside time to think of three things I appreciate about him. I do this even when I’m not feeling up for it. I take my time and feel every emotion that comes up as I write down my list of three items.

I also make an effort so show my appreciation in action. My partner’s love language is “acts of service,” meaning actions speak louder than words. He feels loved when I do things for him coupled with expressing my feelings for him, so I now strive to show him that I love him with acts that require planning and thoughtfulness.

The Value of Appreciation

I never thought that simply reminding myself how much I appreciate my partner would cause a ripple effect in how I interact with him, but it has.

Since starting my appreciation practice…

I easily forgive his mistakes, such as forgetting to do something I ask him to do to support me, or not being sensitive enough and open to my feelings when I feel overwhelmed. I’ve grown to love his mistakes because they remind me of what it is to be imperfect. After all, I’m not perfect, and I can’t expect him to be either.

I appreciate his faults and quirks. Like hitting the snooze button when he needs to get out of bed. And forgetting to eat throughout the day because he’s too busy teaching college students. And running behind schedule most of the time. We all have faults. His reminds me all over again why I fell in love with him. In all reality, we complement each other nicely.

I appreciate his smile and his one of a kind laugh.

In recognizing all that my partner does for me and my future, I feel a love so powerful that just thinking about it brings me to tears.

My partner feels appreciated and cared for. He is more eager to engage with me, and more willing to be open and expressive with me. And he talks about the future more than ever.

What Happens When You Don’t Appreciate the People in Your Life

When you don’t appreciate others, your relationships suffer in the following ways.

  • The other person feels unimportant and may withdraw from you.
  • When your partner feels unappreciated, any talks of the future will be met with resistance. Would you want to build a future with someone who doesn’t appreciate you?
  • Animosity may build up in the relationship, on both sides.
  • The person feeling unappreciated may find other places, things, or people to seek appreciation from.
  • Being unappreciated can lead to unnecessary arguments and resentment.
  • Lack of appreciation may completely ruin and end the relationship.

How to Start Appreciating the People in Your Life

If you’ve recognized that you could make a little more effort appreciating the people in your life, dedicate a notebook solely for this purpose. Start your day by jotting down three things you value about this person. At the end of thirty days, give them your notes of appreciation. Rinse and repeat.

But appreciation doesn’t just live within the mind. Sure, it’s wonderful to think about all the things you value about someone, but when you don’t vocalize or show your appreciation, it means nothing.

You can start appreciating others in your life by:

  • Leaving them notes thanking them for who they are and what you appreciate about them.
  • Saying thank you and acknowledging the little things they do every day.
  • Giving specific examples of what they have done and how that has enhanced your own life.
  • Appreciating their flaws and quirks. The little imperfections are what make people unique. They may feel insecure about them. Let them know how you appreciate their imperfections, and why.
  • Giving someone a hug when they help you out or put a smile on your face.
  • Doing something unexpected; brighten their day by buying them a cup of coffee, or stopping by to let them know that you love them and appreciate them for being in your life.

Like Tony Robbins said, “Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.”

Appreciation strengthens the bonds you have with others, no matter the relationship. It replaces a mindset of not having enough with being grateful for everything you have. And most of all, it creates space to be thankful for the little things in life.

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Tara is the founder of Be Moved. She provides inspiration and simple wisdom to people so they can create a happier and more fulfilling life. Her interests include running, gardening, playing the guitar and spending time with her dog and boyfriend. Join her Weekly Newsletter for a dose of inspiration and to receive your free 7-Day Gratitude Journal.

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How to Install WordPress Plugins

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This is a tutorial for the video answers to top WordPress questions series that we have been publishing on this site to help users get started with WordPress.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to find and install plugins from the WordPress Plugin Repository, from within the WordPress Dashboard.
  • How to upload plugins in .zip format from your computer that you may have purchased or downloaded from another web site.
  • How to setup FTP software, and upload a plugin via FTP.
  • How to deactivate and delete unused plugins.
  • How to quickly add functions to a plugin of your own.

Resources discussed in the video:

Steps to Install WordPress Plugins

  1. After logging into the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. Click on the Add New button at the top of the page.
  3. Find the plugin that you are looking for from the available options. Searching by Keyword is a common practice when looking for a specific plugin.
  4. Click Install Now on the plugin that you want, and then click Activate.
  5. Alternatively, if the plugin you want to install is in a Zip file on your computer, simply click Upload Plugin from the Add Plugins page.
  6. Then click Choose File, locate it on your computer, double-click the Zip file, and then click Install Now. Then click the Activate Plugin link.

Installing Plugins Using FTP

  1. Another more complicated approach is to upload the file via FTP. First, I will insert a video to help you get acquainted with connecting to your WordPress web site via FTP.
  2. Next, unzip the plugin files to your computer.
  3. Now, upload the plugin files to the wp-content / plugins folder on your server.
  4. Now, back in your WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  5. Click Activate on the recently uploaded plugin.

Deleting a WordPress Plugin

To delete a plugin from your Dashboard, simply visit the Plugins page, click the Deactivate link for the plugin that you want to remove, and then click the Delete link.

Creating a New Custom Plugin

  1. A simple way to create a small custom plugin is by using another plugin called Pluginception.
  2. Use one of the previously discussed plugin installation methods to get Pluginception installed.
  3. Under the Plugins menu, click Create a New Plugin.
  4. Fill in the Plugin Name box, and click the Create a Blank Plugin button.
  5. Paste in any functions or code that you have, and click the Update File button.

Commonly, when seeking ways to customize your web site, it may be suggested to add functions to the functions.php file of a theme or child theme. Most of the time, those functions can be used in a plugin instead. This is the preferred route when the customization being made are not theme specific so that they are still applied if you were to ever choose a new theme.

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The Top 6 Things You Need to Know to Start a Successful Business

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Congratulations for wanting to or already starting a business that you could call your very own. One of the hardest decisions you will ever make is to leave a cushioning job to start off a business that is going to lead you into the unknown. So now that you have started, what next?

I know that it has probably entered your mind at one point or another about the failure rate of people who start a business. It is definitely intense and scary to even think about. The last thing that you want to do is start a business just for it to close down in a few years.

So for all of you that have decided to be courageous and take the lesser traveled road, here are a few ways for you to stay in business:

1. Know Your Audience

One of several epic business fails is not knowing your audience. You can have this amazing product or service just to constantly get in front of the wrong people that don’t need it or don’t want it. If you know your audience, you will know where to reach them, what catches their attention, and how much they will pay for what you have to offer.

2. Brand For Success

Many businesses fail because people don’t know what they are, what they offer, and what makes them relevant. Branding correctly can solve these problems for your business and yourself.

When branding yourself, you need to know your Business Archetype, what you stand for or against, and because it is a noisy marketplace, you need to have something that is going to separate you from all the others.

“If your business is not a brand, it is a commodity.”

3. Surveys Are Gold

Your audience has something to tell you that can make them the best selling product you have ever created but if you don’t ask them, you will never know. As a business owner or entrepreneur, it is easy to create a product or service that we think the world needs. What’s hard is to put away our creativity and allow the people who we are trying to serve to create the product for us.

Don’t worry, it does get easier to do, especially after you see how much this works. Survey your audience and allow them to tell you their pain points, what they want, and how much they are willing to pay to have the solution to their pressing issues solved. Then create the product or service based on the information that they have given you.

4. If You’re Not Seen You Can’t Be Heard

You can have the best product and service in the world but if no one knows about you, it is not going to make you a dime or a positive reputation. You have got to be visible and let people know that you are there to give them the solutions that they have been looking for. It is a big world that has gotten smaller because of the Internet so a lot of times you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do this.

Just to name a few ways that you can accomplish this is to utilize your social media, brand leverage, publish your expertise in different places, and join social media groups that you believe your ideal customer will be in.

5. Have The Guts and Grit

Without guts and grit, you might as well throw in the towel. Being a business owner or an entrepreneur is probably going to be the hardest thing that you have ever done in your life.

Don’t let it stop you because all of those people that made it to the top, at one point, were looking up to others that were already there. They had to have the guts to pursue a dream and a vision relentlessly that was not guaranteed despite the doubts, the struggles, and the nay sayers.

6. Time Is Always The Main Ingredient

Time is one of the ingredients that we all have to apply in multiple areas of our day and life. So why should you believe that it doesn’t apply to your business? There is no such thing as an overnight success and if there is it is rare enough to know that it most likely won’t happen to you.

The people that have made it to their success have put in the work and most importantly the time. Most businesses didn’t fail because their products and services were bad, it was because they didn’t utilize all of these ingredients and most importantly they didn’t persevere.

If you can persevere through the rough times, the times when you have no money, and the times when you feel like nothing you are doing or have done is working, then you will eventually make it to your success. Give your dreams and visions time to manifest.

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

Starting a business will render you amazing results if you apply the right ingredients and continue to believe in yourself. Your business and life is worth the effort and if you do the work, your successful self will thank you for it later.

What else do you think someone needs to know to start a successful business? Leave your thoughts below!

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5 Productivity Tools That Will Make You a Millennial Time-Lord

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If you’re on this Pick The Brain, you already know how essential productivity is. It supports you to work-smart and lower the time you spend on dumb stuff that doesn’t make an impact. You want to be uber-productive, grow your empire and still have social time to spend with friends. Just 5 minutes per day can make a massive difference when multiplied across a lifetime. 5 minutes a day can save around 100 days in a normal lifetime – imagine what you can do! I think there are 2 different facets to productivity:
  1. Rid of waste
  2. Power-up work
Below, I’ve left the important tools that I use and the category I believe they fit in. Let’s start with the “Rid of waste” section
  1. Unroll.me – I found this tool a couple of months ago. Simply download the app, add your email and swipe you subscriptions as if it were tinder. I deleted 700 subscriptions in half an hour and that means no more spam emails that I don’t care about. I now don’t spend 10-20 minutes every morning deleting annoying emails. Remember, that’s 200-400 days I’m saving over my life! On a serious note, this is a great product and couldn't be thankful enough for the amount of time they have saved me. Get rid of those pesky spam emails!
  2. GetGistly - Fed up of going through 300 page books to hear the same thing repeated again and again? This tool provides audio and text summaries for the best entrepreneurial books so you can listen or read in 15 minutes. I can't wait for this product to launch so you guys can see how cool it is! I've been invited to their early adopters program and already love the app.
  3. StayFocusd – A Google Chrome extension that blocks you from accessing time wasting sites e.g. Facebook or Twitter. We all know how simple it can be to type in “fa” and then click enter or how easy it can be to sit back, open Instagram and submerge in user content. This tool will destroy your instincts and stop you in your tracks.
Next up, let's talk about how you can improve your work so that 1 unit of input equates to 3 units of output! So, how do we “Power-up Work”?
  1. Skimm – this service sends a newsletter that gives you the lowdown on current affairs. Rather than browsing through your boring news outlets, just get sent the most salient news in your inbox every day. Skimm has gathered a great following and even received funding, so it's becoming more and more popular every day! Oh and, if you don't like reading the news, this will get you in to the habit so you can talk the talk with the wisecrack political expert at your college re-union!
  2. Instagress – Personal brand equity is becoming more and more important everyday. Instagram gives you the platform to grow this personal brand but managing a social account can take a ton of time. This is why Instagress is super-useful! The tool automates your Instagram growth by commenting, following and liking under hashtags relevant to your niche.
Now that we’ve got our grand list of tools, it’s time to put them into practice. Try them out and tell me how they worked for you in the comments For now, have fun and happy working!

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How to Make a Web Page Your Homepage

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This is a tutorial for the video answers to top WordPress questions series that we have been publishing on this site to help users get started with WordPress.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to use a WordPress Page as your homepage, rather than the default list of posts.
  • How to remove the title for the newly created static homepage, by creating a small plugin.

Steps to Switch to a Static Homepage and to Remove the Title

  1. After logging into the WordPress Dashboard, click Pages, then click the Add New button.
  2. Create your page, and then click Publish.
  3. Hover over Settings in the WordPress Menu, and then click Reading.
  4. In the Front Page Displays section at the top, change from Your Latest Posts to A Static Page.
  5. Select your newly created page from the Front Page list.
  6. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.
  7. By default, the title of the static homepage will show up on the web site. While having the title is handy for referencing the page from within the WordPress Dashboard, its display may not be desired on the web site. Let’s create a small plugin to hide it.
  8. Install the Pluginception plugin to make plugin creation simpler, by going to Plugins, then Add New. Then do a search for Pluginception, click Install Now, then click Activate.
  9. Under the Plugins Menu, click Create a New Plugin.
  10. Call it something like: Hide the Home Page Title Plugin, then click the Create a Blank Plugin button.
  11. Now, you can add a function that filters the title, but just for the home page. You can see the code on the video screen, or it can be copied from the web page that this written tutorial is on. Essentially, you are using a WordPress filter hook on the_title function. You also want to make certain that you are only hiding the title on the home page of the web site and not in menus, and not within the Admin area. You also want to make certain that you are not affecting other pages, so you want to run the is_front_page conditional check within your code.
  12. After pasting in your function, click the Update File button.
  13. Then, view your homepage to see if the title has been filtered away. Then check other pages and the navigation menu, as well as the Pages area in the Dashboard to make sure the home page title remains in those places.

Code used within this tutorial:

function remove_home_page_title( $title ) {
  if( is_admin() || !in_the_loop() ) { return $title; }
  if ( is_front_page() ) {
    return '';
  } else {
    return $title;
add_filter('the_title', 'remove_home_page_title');

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How to Create a Blog Page in WordPress

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This is a tutorial for the video answers to top WordPress questions series that we have been publishing on this site to help users get started with WordPress.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to use a WordPress Page as your Blog Page, as opposed to using the Home Page as the Blog Page.
  • How to add the newly created Blog Page to the Navigation Menu in your web site.

Steps to Create a Blog Page

  1. After logging into the WordPress Dashboard, click Pages, then click the Add New button.
  2. Enter a title for the page, and then click Publish.
  3. Hover over Settings in the WordPress Menu, and then click Reading.
  4. In the Front Page Displays section at the top, the Static Page option should be selected.
  5. Select your newly created page from the Posts Page list.
  6. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.

Adding Your Blog Page to the Navigation Menu

  1. Hover over the Appearance Menu, and click Menus.
  2. Create a new menu if there isn’t one already created. Do so by adding a Menu Name, then clicking the Create Menu button.
  3. Your theme will have defined Locations for the Menus. Select the most appropriate menu location, then click Save Menu.
  4. In the Pages section on the left side, choose your newly created Blog Page, then click Add to Menu. Click Save Menu again.
  5. Visit your web site to see the newly created Blog Page in action.

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Dot Com Lunch at Pieology Pizzeria

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On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, Sally and I do a Dot Com Lunch at the Pieology Pizzeria in Tustin, California.

Pieology Pizzeria is taking over America. The fast-casual pizza restaurant is the fastest-growing chain in America, according to data compiled by Technomic. Pieology has 60 units in 11 states. The company expects to nearly double that number by the end of the year. Make sure you try it if there’s one near you!

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PB170: 9 Ways to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out

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How to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out

In today’s lesson I want to talk about blogger burnout and how to avoid it.

Most bloggers start out blogging with an incredible burst of passion, excitement and energy with their blogging, but usually at some point within the first year or two, many bloggers come up against their first bout of blogger burnout.


It can happen in different ways and for different reasons. Some bloggers push through it and others get stopped in their tracks by it. Most successful bloggers go through it numerous times – I certainly have.

So in today’s episode, I want to share 9 strategies for staying fresh and inspired with your blogging so that you can avoid bloggers burn out.

So if you’re feeling burnt out at the moment or you want to get ahead of your next blogging slump and develop some strategies for avoiding it altogether – this is for you.

Note: listen to this episode in the player above or here on iTunes (look for episode 170).

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Welcome to Episode 170 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name’s Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com – a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of eBooks, and a real book as well – all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience and to make money from your blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger at ProBlogger.com.

In today’s lesson, I wanna talk to you about an issue that impacts most bloggers at one time or another – blogger burnout. I wanna teach you how to avoid it, give you some strategies that you could put in place when you’re facing bloggers burnout at the moment or whether you want to stop it happening to you in the future.

Most bloggers do start out blogging with an incredible burst of passion, excitement, energy, with lots of hopes and dreams of where their blogging will take them. As a result, they start out really strong, but usually at some point, within the first year or maybe two years of blogging, they come against their first bout of blogger burnout. It can happen for different reasons and happen in different ways.

Most bloggers tend to push through it, or at least try to push through it – that first bout. But some, even at the first time they hit it, gets stopped in their tracks. Now, most successful bloggers go through this numerous times, and I certainly have. I can think back over the last 14 years of blogging. I’ve hit bloggers burnout many times.

In today’s episode, I wanna share with you nine strategies for staying fresh and inspired with your blogging, so that you avoid bloggers burnout. I’m gonna speak from my own experience of having gone through this or having seen bloggers burnout approaching me, and I’m getting better now at seeing it coming before it actually hits and putting things in place as it approaches to actually stop it hitting in full force.

So if you are feeling burnt out at the moment with your blog – it does happen at this time of year for many of us – or you wanna get ahead of your next bout of blogging burnout, I wanna share with you some strategies for avoiding it today. This episode is for you.

You can find today’s shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/170.

Yesterday, I celebrated my blogger-versary. I might sound like a bit of a crazy thing to do, but I do have a little alert in my calendar that goes off on the 27th of November every year. It’s actually the 28th today, and so last night, I turned to Vanessa and said, “Guess what? It’s my blogger-versary! It’s been 14 years since I started blogging to this day.” Started in 2002.

Blogging has been very good to me in so many different ways. I don’t really have the time to go through them all, but it has given me a place to express myself and find my voice. It’s helped me to develop confidence in myself, helped me to think through my ideas and improve those. It’s opened up opportunities that I’d never dreamed of: to meet amazing people, to travel around the world, and to build a business out of the ideas in my head. That is a strange thing to say, but out of ideas has come a whole income.

It’s enabled me to create work with real flexibility that allows me to spend time with my family and friends and to volunteer my time to causes that I believe in. Hopefully that allows me to make the world a better place, as I’m doing all of that, through the sharing of my story and what I know with others.

I love blogging! It has been so good to me and to many others that I see, but I would be lying if I said that blogging was always easy. It hasn’t always been this amazing time of opportunities falling in my lap and fun times. The reality is that publishing a piece of content almost everyday for 14 years is both an amazing privilege and a lot of fun but is also incredibly challenging at times.

Almost every year since I’ve started, over those 14 years, I’ve had periods of time where I felt doubt and where I’ve wondered whether I should give up or where I felt burnt out by blogging. Whilst I do sing the praises of blogging in many episodes, I really want to go to this place today, because it’s often these tough times that don’t get talked about on podcasts about blogging. Most bloggers do have patches like these. If you’ve been blogging for a year or two years or three years, you probably had one yourself or have come close to burning out.

Bloggers burnout comes in different forms, and it comes for different reasons. It can be that it comes when you run out of things to say on your topic, when you feel like you’ve said everything there is to say. You suddenly have this block. Sometimes it comes because you’re feeling disillusioned with your topic, for one reason or another, or maybe you’re becoming disillusioned with blogging or the niche that you’re in and how other bloggers are treating one another. Sometimes it comes when you feel like you’ve been doing a lot of hard work and it’s not paying off. You’re not reaching the goals that you set for yourself. Maybe it comes when you’re feeling worn out, where you’ve overworked yourself.

Or maybe it comes because you started blogging for reasons of creativity and self-expression, but then you feel like you’ve built a machine that you have to keep feeding in order for it to attract a readership or to be profitable. Many bloggers start out for one reason and then end up with a blog that really doesn’t serve why they started it. Or maybe it’s just you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the things that you need to do to keep your blog running. I could go on and on with this list of types of bloggers burnout that do come and the reasons for it.

But, as I say, over the last 14 years, I’ve noticed particularly at this time of year, at the end of the year, when many bloggers have been busy all year, and now they’re reviewing their year or they’re seeing other people review their year and talk about their successes. It’s so easy to feel a bit down about your blog. So today, I really do want to share with you some strategies for keeping yourself inspired and fresh, particularly as you head into the new year, next year.

I’ve got nine things I wanna go through with you. Some of these will be more relevant to you than others, but hopefully there are things that you can keep in the back of your mind for the next time that bloggers burnout does approach you.

The first thing I wanna talk about briefly is to know your limits and set realistic goals and expectations. Many bloggers that I talk to feel pressure to have to blog in a certain way that’s just not realistic for the amount of time they have or the resources that they’re currently able to put into blogging.

For example, a lot of bloggers that I talked to have this expectation that they have to post daily. This is something – I don’t know where it came from, but there’s this expectation amongst some bloggers that they have to post everyday. It’s just not feasible for many bloggers to do.

I actually remember when Vanessa, my wife, started blogging a few years ago now. She was juggling a part-time job. We still had one of our boys at home; the other two boys were at school, but it was a short day. She’s got a busy life, full of friends and family and other interests and passions that she pursues.

When she started her blog, I remember having a chat with her about how often she was going to post, and whilst on one hand, she did have this idea that a daily post would be a good thing, she was really smart in that she set herself the goal to do just three posts a week. I don’t mean “just” because they were three pretty meaty posts. She’s a fairly detailed writer.

She decided three posts a week was more realistic for her, and whilst daily posting was probably tempting for her at the time, I’m so glad she made that decision to do three good posts a week because it’s a decision that has made her blog sustainable now for the two or three years that she’s been at it. I look into the future and I see that she could continue to keep that amount up. She set herself a goal that was realistic.

Now there’s also been other times, where she said, “Well, this week, I’ve got a really busy week” or “This week we’re away” or “This week I’ve got these other demands in my life, so I’m only gonna post two times or even one time.” She’s flexible with that goal, and I think this is something that many bloggers need to really grasp onto.

The sky won’t fall on your head if you post a little less one week, or even if you take a full week off. To have some realistic expectations and goals that are based upon your actual reality and your availability I think is really important.

The other part of it is your expectations, and I think a lot of bloggers do get into blogging and then get depressed, disillusioned, and dejected when their expectations are not met. I’ve seen this in many areas of life. Often it’s our expectations that get us into trouble when things don’t hit what we’re hoping for. I see bloggers starting with unrealistic expectations all the time, dreaming of millions of readers, millions of dollars in short amounts of time, but the reality is: if you’ve been blogging for a while now, you know that successful bloggers are almost always built on years and years of consistently producing useful content. It takes significant time and energy to build that.

I guess, one of the things I wanna say is if you are feeling a bit burnt out, maybe you need to look at your goals and ask yourself – are your goals realistic? Also your expectations of the results – are they realistic? Chances are, if you’ve been blogging for a year or two now, you need to change some of those things because most of us do. Most of us start out with some sort of unrealistic goal or expectation, so it’s about trying to find that middle ground of having big dreams but also grounded expectations.

That was the first thing. Know your limits and set realistic goals and expectations.

Number 2: find your groove with a routine that works for you. Now, I find that blogging is more effortless (and it’s never completely effortless), but I find it easier when I am in a groove and a rhythm with my blogging. I find that, if I set myself some kind of a rhythm for my week and for the way that I produce content, that I’m much better at producing content. Then there is much less tension about my blogging.

I’m not going to go into great depth here because in Episode 40 I did share my weekly schedule, my weekly template, where I talked about the times that I write content, the times that I edit content, and the times that I come up with ideas for blog posts. I think if you can design yourself a rhythm like that, it can really help a lot.

I’ve actually got it in a spreadsheet, in an actual calendar. You don’t need to do that. In the old days for me, it was simply about me deciding that in the mornings, I was going to write, and in the evenings, I was going to edit. I had limited time, and so I had an hour or so in the morning, an hour or so in the evening. Then I had to go and do my real job, so I set myself that rhythm. It was very simple in those early days. Write in the mornings; edit in the evenings. That might be all you really need to do.

I found that once I got into that rhythm, it was easier, and it would flow easier. Now there are still tough times, but that was half the battle – getting into the rhythm of it. The same is true for my exercise. I know that if I go on a holiday for three weeks and don’t exercise for three weeks, it’s really tough to exercise, but if I get into the rhythm again of walking everyday at midday and going to the gym Tuesdays and Thursday mornings – once I’m in that rhythm, it just becomes what I do. So it’s about establishing that type of rhythm. I think that really does help you to keep things sustained – helps you to have that well-oiled machine.

Think about the things that you need to do and when you could place them into your week, whether you need to create that calendar or whether you just need to decide that “Monday mornings, I’m gonna do this. Tuesday mornings, I’m gonna do this, and Thursday evenings, I’m gonna to do that.” That might be enough to help you to get into that groove.

Number 3 thing that I would encourage you to do is to identify the sticking points, to identify “where am I getting stuck?” Usually, when you have bloggers burnout, there’s a particular area where you’re getting stuck. It may be that you have a lack of ideas to write about; that might be the area. That might lead you to feel really disillusioned about your blogging, which leads you to feel unmotivated, which leads you to other things, but really, at the core of it, is that you are lacking ideas.

Or maybe you are really stuck on feeling like you’re comparing yourself to other bloggers, and that’s the core of it. You’re comparing yourself to others, and then you’re realizing you’re not meeting your expectations. Then you’re feeling dejected, and you can kind of see that there’s a root cause of your blogger burnout. It could really be so many different things that are at the cause of it, but it’s really important to try and to identify what that particular thing is that is starting it for you.

Back in Episode 83, I actually talked about blogger’s block and getting stuck in the creation of content, and in that particular episode, I talked about three different types of blogger’s block: idea generation, being one; the creation of your content, getting into writing of your content; and then the other part is completing your content. They’re three very different types of blogger’s block.

I talk in that episode about if you are just trying to fix your blogger’s block without identifying the particular type of blogger’s block that you have, you’re gonna get yourself into trouble. What I’m trying to say here is if you’re feeling burnt out, try and dig into what exactly is causing it. What is the core thing that is holding you back, getting you down, and burning you out? It may take you a little while to dig into that. You may need to have a chat with someone about it. You might wanna even find someone who can help you – some professional help – to actually dig into those types of issues. If you can identify the exact issue that is holding you back, it puts you in a much better position to be able to come up with a strategy to fix it.

To be really transparent here, I’ve actually been approaching blogger’s block over the last couple of months. I’ve actually been feeling like my energy and motivation has been lacking these last couple of months, and part of that is because we had our ProBlogger event. Usually I go into a bit of a slump after that. It’s the highlight of the year, and everything seems a little bit greyer after the event because the event’s so much fun.

The other thing I realized is that this year I haven’t had as much time off. The more I thought about why I’m feeling like I’m feeling like, the better position I was in to do something about that. As I was chatting with Vanessa the other night about how I was feeling and feeling a bit dejected and unmotivated, we dug into it, and after half an hour or so of really talking it through, we realized that I just haven’t had enough time off this year. So having identified that, I’m in a much better position to be able to do something about that, so we’re already beginning to plan the breaks that we’re going to have as a family next year.

Identify where you’re getting stuck. What is the core thing that’s facing you because burnout really can be the end result of lots of different things that could be going on for you. Really dig into that and talk to someone about it.

Number 4 thing I wanna talk about in avoiding bloggers burnout is to look after your body. I’m not going to go into great depth about this because it is something that I’ve done a whole episode on in the past, but as I’ve said before, you’ll only ever be able to sustain having a healthy blog over the long haul if you’re able to maintain a healthy you. Behind a healthy blog, I believe, needs to be a healthy you.

One of the biggest reasons that I see bloggers burning out is that they’re just not in a healthy place themselves. Of course, this can happen on a number of fronts. It could be your physical health. It could be your mental health. It can be your brain health and its learning. It could be your sleep. All these different areas do play into it.

For me, physical health is a big part of it. I realized about three years ago now that my blogging was suffering incredibly because I wasn’t looking after myself on a physical front. My diet and my lack of exercise were really beginning to take a toll on my body and how my body was performing, but it was also impacting my outlook and my positivity, my mental health. It was also beginning to have an impact on my creativity, as well, and my alertness and my ability to output great content.

I’m not gonna retell the whole story about how I pulled myself out of that because I did it back in Episode 38, except to say that your physical health is one thing that you need to pay attention to, if you are feeling burnt out. It may be that you need to start to exercise, build that into your routine. It may be that you need to change that diet in some way.

I have to say – it’s not easy. We all have these temptations and struggles in getting the balance right with our physical health, but it’s definitely connected. I’ve talked to a number of bloggers since I’ve shared that story back in Episode 38 of me losing some weight and getting some exercise into my life and changing my diet. A number of bloggers have reported back that that inspired them to go on and do the same thing for themselves, and they’ve seen it flow-on effect into other areas of their life: their blogs being one, their relationships being another, and other aspects of their lives as well.

Look after your body. I think it’s really important. One of the best things that I’ve ever done to improve my blog is to build a walk into my day and to get a stand-up desk. It really has changed things quite a bit.

Another thing that I’ve been doing over the last few weeks is going out and playing basketball. While my kids are at school, I go out and play on their basketball ring in the middle of the day, just five minutes. Just to run around, shoot some hoops – actually gets the blood pumping a little, come back to blogging in a fresh way. It really does help.

That’s number 4: look after your body.

Number 5 is all about taking breaks, developing a system and a rhythm for your day, like the calendar I talked about before, my weekly template. That’s great. That helps me to be more productive. That’s about how to work better and work smarter, but I think just as important is to think about rest – is to think about when you are going to not work on your blog. I’m a strong believer that if you get rest right, if you get sleep right, if you get taking a break from your blogging right, it will help your blog in so many different ways. The better you rest, the better you work.

For me, I’m thinking about rest and taking time away from my blog on a number of fronts, different time frames. For me, the daily rest. I work business hours; I try and work 9:00 to 5:00, but I take a walk in the middle of the day. I take a break in the middle of the day. I take a break at the start and end of the day.

A weekly basis for me – and it’s gonna be different for everyone because we’ve all got different commitments – I try not to work on weekends. I have a couple of really short bursts on a Saturday morning and on a Sunday evening, but everywhere in between is a time off. That weekly rest is really important.

Then on a yearly front, I’m trying to take time off. I’ve just admitted to you that this year I wasn’t as good at it, but I try and take a couple of weeks off in January and a couple of weeks off in the middle of the year as well. Then we have a couple of long weekends as well. These are things that we schedule ahead of time as a family.

These offline times are so important, being unplugged, not thinking about your blog all day every day. These rejuvenate you. They’re also good for other areas of your life as well. They’re good for your relationships, which I think also has an impact upon your blog. If things are good in your friendships, in your family, then that frees you up to think creatively about your blog as well. Take breaks.

Number 6 is to look after your relationships, and I’ve just talked about relationships, taking breaks with family, friends is good for your relationships. We work in a space, which is very often described as social media, as being a social space, but most of our interactions if you’re like me are online and in virtual nature.

I remember when I started blogging, I’ve discovered this whole community of people that I could connect with, and I became almost too virtual in my relationships. It was kind of a strange thing. I just got married, and I had this really wonderful relationship with my wife, but many of my other friendships were coming from the online space. It turned out for me – that wasn’t an overly healthy thing.

Now, online relationships can be very positive, and I do think there’s a really good argument for finding some good online friends to share the experiences that we have as bloggers, but I also think it’s so important to have good, grounded, real-life relationships as well. This is particularly important when you are feeling burnt out in the online space, particularly when you are feeling burnt out because of some online relationship.

I know, for me, there’s been a number of times over the last 14 years, where I’ve been on the end of some pretty vicious online attacks from strangers usually, from trolls that left me on the verge of giving up blogging. Whilst I had some good online friends at that time, who supported me through those times, it was actually my real-life friends who were able to give me the real support and respite that I needed from that online stress. I’m so grateful for the fact that I have real-life friends to debrief and to escape from the online with. It’s so important to have those offline places and spaces and relationships to get energy, to retreat from that stress.

Having emphasized the importance of real-life relationships, I think it’s important also to say that it’s important to find those online relationships and to try and build strong online relationships because the reality is your friends and family may not understand what you’re going through as a blogger. They may not understand what it is like to get a comment that’s unfair or to be attacked by an anonymous troll. To have the combination of strong online and offline relationships – for me, there’s been a number of times, where I’ve gone through really tough stuff in my business, and to be able to have someone else who’s going through similar things or who’s been through similar things is really important.

For that reason, I actually think one of the best things that I’ve ever done is to go to blogging events, where you could actually spend real-life time with people who understand the online pressures. And if you have the chance to go to a blogging event, I know it’s a tough thing to get to. There’s an investment there. For me, that’s one of the big and best reasons of going to those types of events because you’re able to solidify some of those online relationships and take them into the real world. And to spend time with people who understand what you’re going through is really a very powerful thing.

The last thing I’ll say about relationships is that there are times where they get unhealthy. They can actually be the reason for your burnout. What I’m thinking of here is this thing that many bloggers go through is the comparison of themselves with others. This can be a really unhealthy thing, and it can actually lead you to a pretty dark place. It’s something I think most of us as bloggers can relate to. It’s very easy to look at other bloggers in our niche or other bloggers in our area and to see their successes, to see their achievements, and to compare them with ourselves.

This is probably the topic for a whole other podcast, so I’m not gonna go into great depth there, but I really want to encourage you, in your burnout, to also ask yourself: are you comparing yourself with others too much? That can actually be the source of unrealistic expectations and can lead you to pretty dark places, so monitor your relationships. Are they taking you to a healthy or an unhealthy place? It’s really important to not allow yourself to do that comparison thing.

Three more to go here. The seventh thing is to charge your day with inspirational moments and times of learning. Actually build into your life inspiration. I think, for me, this is one of the most powerful things that I do. I try and schedule at least 5-10 minutes everyday, where I am putting myself in a position where I will be inspired. A few years ago, I was an avid watcher of TED Talks, and I would watch random TED Talks. A lot of these had a more positive kind of inspirational aspect to them.

In more recent times, it’s been listening to podcasts. I’m trying to put myself in a position to listen to two types of podcasts: firstly, inspirational ones, and secondly, learning ones. I think both are really important because they stimulate different parts of your brain, and they give you energy in different ways.

It doesn’t even matter if what you’re listening to is connected to your blog’s topic or blogging itself. To me, it’s anything – being inspired about anything. Watching a documentary about wildlife and being inspire about the beauty and the intricacy of how the animal kingdom works. That can be inspiring, and that lifts your mood. That has an impact upon your blogging.

Learning about that type of stuff stimulates that part of your brain, where you are learning, you are connecting new pathways in your brain. I think that has a flow-on effect into other areas of your life. Then of course, being inspired and learning about your niche is a very powerful thing.

Build into your day moments – it may not be long moments. It might be 10 minutes to watch a video, 10 minutes to listen to a podcast, where you are stimulating those parts of your brain, where you’re inspiring yourself about big things and inspiring yourself to dream but also learning – really important.

The eighth thing I wanna talk about is to play, pivot, and evolve. Those three words may feel like they’re disconnected, but hopefully you’ll understand what I mean in a moment. One of the things that has pulled me down into a blogging slump over the years is that I tend to get bored. If I get bored, I tend to get a bit dejected. Now this might just be my personality type, but I find that doing the same thing the same way day in and day out is almost always going to kill my passion for that thing. As a result, I’ve learned over the years that I need to look out for new ways to do things and for ways to play and experiment with what I do and to change things up.

One of the great things about the space that we operate in as bloggers and as people in podcasting and on social media, is that we are operating in a space that is always changing. There’s always something new to try. This can be a problem because we can spend our whole lives playing with the new tools and new toys and not actually doing anything, but I do think it’s important to bring play and experimentation into what we do as bloggers.

For me, this happened many times over the years. Many of you will be familiar with the fact that I’ve started a podcast; you’re all listening now. I started this about a year-and-a-half ago. That was 12 years into my blogging, and I’d already been blogging about blogging for 12 years and suddenly to start a podcast about blogging gave me a huge rush of energy and motivation. Simply by changing the medium that I was using to communicate was really important.

I spoke with another blogger recently, who had the exact same experience, when she started creating videos on her blog. She’d been blogging for 10 years about her topic. As she was feeling a bit burnt out; she’s feeling like she’d said everything she needed to say so she decided to start a video, a weekly video, where she repurposed some of her old blog posts into videos. She found that simply by changing the medium, even though she was writing about the same things and creating content on the same things, it gave her a huge rush of energy. So this experiment with a medium might be one thing that can help you to find new energy for your topic.

There are other ways of pivoting and evolving what you do and changing up what you do in different ways. It might be simply adding a category to your blog. This is what happened a few years ago for me on Digital Photography School. I have a blog about photography, how to take photos, for a long time, and one of the things I just decided to do is to add a whole category to the site about post-production, how to process your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. This brought energy to me and to my readers. It gave me new motivation to explore a new area. Whilst I continued to write about the other things, adding something new stimulated that part of me and helped me not to be as bored with the topic that I had.

Changing up your categories could be good. Starting a new series of content – this is what happened when I did the first series of “Thirty-one Days to Build A Better Blog” many years ago now. One of the reasons I did that series was I kind of feeling a little bit stagnant with the blog. I wasn’t feeling as motivated, and so to try a series of content to start this event on my blog gave me a lot of energy. It also gave my readers a lot of energy as well.

Might be that you wanna try a new way of monetizing your blog. I remember when I first launched my first eBook. It gave me a rush of energy for my blogging. It’s this new way of monetizing; it impacted the way I wrote content and the energy that I brought to my blog.

I remember even before the eBook, I’d been monetizing my blog with AdSense, and then I found a new ad network to put on my blog alongside that. Simply by adding a new ad network, I suddenly have this excitement. What was gonna happen to my blog? I had this more motivation to drive more traffic to my blog, to write better content for my blog. So changing up the monetization might be useful.

Changing the design of your blog. Getting a new logo. Doing something with new colors on your blog. These simple changes that you can do on your blog, that evolve your blog, that improve your blog, that pivot your blog in some way. These playful moments can really give you energy as a blog. They can help you to see your blog as a little bit new, a little bit different.

The great thing about these is that not only will it energize you, but many of these little pivots and little changes will actually keep your blog fresh for your readers, which has another flow-on effect. If you start getting emails from readers saying, “Hey, I love the eBook” or “Hey, I love the new design,” that gives you energy.

This to me is probably the most important thing I’ll say today. I probably should have said it right up front. Number 9 is to do something that matters. This is probably the best way to stay inspired; the best way to stay fresh is to do something that matters to you and to others. When you are doing something that you have a genuine interest in and a genuine passion for and that you believe in, you’ll find that 99% of the time, you can keep the momentum going.

As I look back over the last 14 years that I’ve blogged, I’ve had over 30 blogs, and I only run 2 today. And the two that I have today are the ones that I had the most genuine interest in, the most passion for myself. Those two blogs that I still have today Digital Photography School and ProBlogger – they’re the ones I get personal satisfaction. They are meaningful to me.

I have a genuine love for blogging. ProBlogger is a blog that – once there are tough times, generally I love to create content about blogging. The other blog I have – I have a genuine interest in photography, so it’s easy for me to put aside time to create content on these topics and to learn more about these topics and to stay fresh in these things. It’s meaningful for me, so I’m energized by it.

You’ll notice before, I said that if you have a genuine interest, 99% of the time you’ll be able to keep the momentum going, while there’s still this other 1%. This is the times that you do get the burnout, but the other part of the factor for me in doing something meaningful is to choose something that is meaningful for other people. This is what gets me through the other 1%. When you are making other people’s lives better, you’ll find you get energy and inspiration from that.

I know there have been tough times in my own blogging, in building up ProBlogger for instance. The last 11 or so years of building up ProBlogger – those tough times, where you’re wondering, “Should I keep going?” It’s the emails or the comments that you get from readers, letting me know that I’ve done something that’s had a tangible impact upon them. Those are the things that really helped me through.

Spend your time creating something that is real, something that makes your readers’ life better in some way, and you’ll find that that will feed you through those tough times yourself. Do something that matters. Do something that’s meaningful to you and to other people, and that hopefully will get you through that next blogging slump, that next bloggers burnout that comes your way.

Now I guess, the last thing I’ll say is that there’s nothing wrong with taking a break. If you’re right in the middle of a bloggers burnout at the moment, take a break. It’s totally fine to do that. Maybe put a limit on how long that break will be. Maybe, say, it’s only a one-week break or a two-week break. Put a boundary on the other end of it, so you do have a point where you are going to come back to it, but take a break. It may be you need to find someone to help you to write some guest posts during that time or maybe simply that you say to your readers, “Hey, I’m taking a bit of a sabbatical. I’m taking my annual leave, and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.” You will find that your readers will understand that because they instinctively know that if you don’t look after yourself, you can’t really look after them either.

I hope that somewhere in the midst of those nine things that I’ve shared with you today will be something to get you through the tough time that maybe you’re going through at the moment as a blogger or the next tough time that you go through as a blogger.

Number 1: Know your limits and set realistic goals and expectations.

Number 2: Find your groove with a routine that works for you. Get into that groove.

Number 3: Identify the sticking points. Actually identify the things that are holding you back at the moment.

Number 4: Look after your body. Look after your diet. Look after your exercise.

Number 5: Take breaks – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly breaks.

Number 6: Focus on relationships. Build strong offline and online relationships, and particularly be aware of comparison that we so often do.

Number 7: Charge your day with inspirational moments and times of learning.

Number 8: Play, pivot, evolve. Try something new.

Number 9: Do something that matters.

I hope that you’ll stop by the shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/170 and tell me which one of those nine things works best for you and suggest anything else that you think might help other bloggers going through a burnout period at the moment. I’m sure there’s a lot more that can be said. Tell your story. When were you burnt out, and what did you do about it? I’d love to hear a little bit more about that in the comments of this podcast in the shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/170.

If you’re going through a tough time at the moment, I just wanna encourage you to really look after yourself – so important. And if you need any more advice, please drop me a line at darren@problogger.net. More than happy to listen to what you’re going through, and if I can give you any more advice than I already have, I’d love to speak into your situation in any way that I can.

Thanks for listening today. I hope you’re well, and I’ll chat with you next week on the ProBlogger podcast.

If you’re looking for something else to listen to at this point, I did mention a few episodes during this last episode. In episode 38, you might wanna listen to that one if health is something that you know you need to put your finger on. I tell my story of getting myself a little bit more in shape and some of the other things I did to improve me, improve my health. It had a flow-on impact for my blog.

In episode 83, I talked about blogger’s block, and this is one part of burnout that many bloggers go through. I talk about those three types of blogger’s block. In the ongoing episodes after 83, we talked a little bit about each one of those and gave you some strategies about how to really break through that.

Then I also mentioned in Episode 40 about my weekly rhythm, and that was much more about being productive with your time.

I hope you find something useful in those. The last thing I’ll say is if you enjoyed this episode, I would love it if you would give us a review and ratings on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and also I’d love it if you know someone else who you think might benefit from this particular episode – if you would share it with them. You can share it by sending them to the shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/170 or tell them to search on iTunes for ProBlogger.

Thanks for listening. Chat with you soon.

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How To Develop Awesome Eating Habits Without Failing And Binging

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This is my story of how I was finally able to develop healthy eating habits.

Emptiness enveloped me once again. Visions of chocolate cake and double cheeseburgers ran through my head. As the stress and sadness of the day took over, it compelled me to binge once again destroying any hopes I had that the day would be a healthy eating day.

I remember feeling like this for years. I would wake up from overeating (pizza, cheeseburgers, and cake) the night before feeling horrible. I constantly had diarrhea and low energy. I also could not lose weight no matter how many times I went to the gym. Emotional pain and despair ruled my life. I knew there was a way to improve my life I just did not know what or how.

How you can stop this vicious cycle

We, as humans, need to be connected with one another. Living in an emotionally isolated desert for so many years, I am proof that this is true. Having a support system and network to help you meet your goals and intentions is the only way that you can succeed with living a healthier life.

You have already decided to make your health your number one priority. Now all you have to do is to surround yourself with people that take their health seriously as well. While no one but you can control what you put in your mouth, you are more likely to eat healthy if you feel loved and supported.

For many this may be the missing link

I remember when I first started out in trying to take control of my life and my health. I was so confused. Everything was so new and I did not know where to start. I would be frustrated and hungry. I was afraid to “lose” my lifestyle change.

Some of my coworkers would say, “Are you one of those gluten free freaks now?” This would make me feel and respond defensively at first. Then I began to say, “Not having gluten has really made me feel so much better. I’m not so sick all the time.”

Habits to form once you are on your healing path

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Now that we have talked about all of this change and getting support in our lives, how can you start?

I recommend just taking one small step.

This may mean having more veg than starch on your plate for dinner or skipping dessert all week and just eating it on the weekend. Whatever change you want to implement, make it small enough to manage but big enough to create a result.

Another suggestion would be cleaning out your fridge. Freeing it of junk food will make your food decisions easier. We humans tend to take the easier path. So if it is easier to eat a steak and an arugula salad ( which you now have on hand), than walking to the burger place or waiting for delivery, 8 times out of ten we will take the easier option. If you design your life so that healthier food is easier to get when you are hungry, more than likely, that is what you will go for.

Putting a system into place where healthy food is more accessible is a great place to start. You will be amazed at the results. You will lose weight and have more energy in a short period of time. Eating whole and unprocessed foods that appeals to you is the best way to accelerate your success.

See Also: How to Find Time to Cook Healthy Meals 

Feedback you may receive as you transform

Before I fully committed to constantly improving my health, I would receive a lot of negative comments.

I remember working out really hard for 3 months. Then my mother would put me down saying, “wow Jerome your cheeks are so plump”! and my aunt telling me, “Your shirt is waaaaay too small. You need a large, not a medium. Look how your stomach sticks out.”

You can only imagine how those words made me feel. I felt so small and insignificant. I felt terrible about myself.

After I fully committed to better health, the feedback I would get went more like “omg Jerome, every time I see you, you look better and better” and “Jerome, you are like disappearing!”

I was not really disappearing or starving myself. I just had more energy and was less inflamed. I was evolving into my true body weight and overall look. My happiness skyrocketed and my stress plummeted. This continues to this day. You can never stop improving.

Being kind to yourself is the fastest way to rapid progression

Since you are reading this article, I know that you are on the warpath to make immediate changes. Just remember that you have spent years and years eating and behaving one way and now you are completely doing the opposite.

You will experience setbacks. Try to not let this upset you. Having setbacks is a normal part of the growing process.

Remember that you are fully committed. Insignificant setbacks will not ruin the whole process. Time is your friend. Over time you will see massive positive results from all of your hard work.

People may judge you and put you down

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You have complete control of your destiny. If anyone tells you differently, have awareness around how they made you feel then make a rational decision about how you will proceed with the relationship.

You absolutely deserve to be around people that fully support you and your lifestyle changes. You will more than likely face opposition from other people, but just remember that they’re really just projecting their own insecurities onto you.

It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. People can be quite hurtful and you may feel as though you want to give up. Every time you rise and go forward, you just get that much stronger.

Only you have the power to take action

As I mentioned earlier, support is key in starting your journey towards your healthiest self. Let your support network know that you are excited about the changes you are making. The challenges ahead may require more support than you are used to or may expect to need.

If you are having difficulty with some aspect of your transformation, try to not keep it bottled up. This may jeopardize your success making you feel isolated again. Remember, there are always people out there willing to support you.

I never knew how fast and far I could go in just a few years with improving my health. I now know it is possible to live my best life on this plane. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. With support, lasting change will come easily and naturally for you.

Remember, I am always here to provide you with support in your goals.

I would love to hear your stories. We can all grow by sharing each other’s stories towards absolute greatness!

See Also: Four Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids to Say “NO” to Junk Foods


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