Experiencing Burnout as a Content Creator
It’s no secret that content creation can be a lot of work. Whether you’re a YouTuber, a blogger, or just someone who posts regularly on social media, there’s always the pressure to produce new and interesting content.
I know this feeling all too well. Yikes! If you’ve heard stories about working in agencies and the pressure that comes with it, I am here to tell you the stories are true.
Within the first month of starting my new job, I wanted to quit! Yes, it was my first time working in an agency. That switch from the corporate world hit me hard.
Everything was coming at me super fast. Everything was urgent.
And while it can be incredibly rewarding to see the audience engage with the things I create, I have experienced burnout. And continue to do. 😬
If you’re feeling like you’re stuck in a content rut, or just generally feel exhausted by the process of creating, it might be time to take a step back and reassess.
Here are a few signs you might be experiencing burnout as a content creator
You’re struggling to come up with new ideas
If you’re finding it harder and harder to come up with new content, it could be a sign that you’re burnt out.
When we’re feeling creative burnout, it’s often because we’ve been putting too much pressure on ourselves to constantly create.
If you’re struggling to come up with new ideas, try taking a break from brainstorming and give yourself some time to relax.
Once you’ve cleared your head, you’ll likely find it easier to come up with new and fresh ideas.
You’re not enjoying the process
Content creation should be fun! If you’re no longer finding joy in the process, it’s a sign that you might be burnt out.
When you’re burnt out, you often lose sight of why you’re doing something.
If you’re not enjoying the process of creating content, take a step back and ask yourself why you started. Once you remember your passion for creating, it will be easier to jump back in.
You’re feeling stressed and anxious
It’s easy to get caught up in the perfectionism trap. You start to believe that content has to be perfect in order to be successful.
But the truth is, there’s no such thing as perfect content. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes.
You’re comparing yourself to others
When you start comparing yourself and your work to others, you know it’s time to reassess. You’ll end up feeling worse about your work and think it’s not good enough.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Remind yourself that everyone’s journey is different. You are on your own unique path and you will get there in your own time.
You’re not taking care of yourself
You might find yourself skipping meals, not getting enough sleep, or neglecting your mental health. But it’s important to remember that self-care is essential when you’re a content creator.
If you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your work. Schedule in some time for rest and relaxation. Your work will thank you for it.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to take a step back and reassess.
Remember, burnout is nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s a common experience, and it happens to everyone at some point. The most important thing is to listen to your body and give yourself the time and space you need to recover.
Once you’ve taken a break, you’ll be able to jump back into content creation feeling refreshed and ready to go.