The Cure for Burnout: Insights for Freelance Copywriters

If you’ve been wishing for a cure for burnout, you’re not alone. As freelance copywriters, we often juggle multiple projects, deadlines, and personal responsibilities, and sometimes it all gangs up on us at once. I’m no exception.

Today, I’m sharing my personal journey of overcoming burnout and giving you my best (hard-won) advice for addressing your own burnout.

Understanding the Root Causes of Burnout

Burnout doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process often triggered by prolonged stress and personal challenges. In my case, it began around four years ago due to significant life events, including health issues and family matters. Recognizing these triggers is the first step toward recovery.

Acceptance: The Hardest but Most Crucial Step

One of the toughest yet most important steps in combating burnout is accepting your limitations. It’s natural to feel like you should be able to handle everything perfectly, but acknowledging that you can’t do it all is essential. This acceptance allows you to create a realistic and sustainable plan moving forward.

Accepting your limitations isn’t a sign of failure; it’s an act of self-care. It enables you to make necessary adjustments and seek support where needed. This might mean delegating tasks, postponing projects, or simplifying your daily routine. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and prioritize your well-being.

Prioritize Sleep: Your Secret Weapon

Sleep is crucial for mental and physical health. As a single parent of four young children, I understand how challenging it can be to get a good night’s rest. However, prioritizing sleep can significantly impact your ability to cope with stress and avoid burnout.

Make sleep a priority by establishing a consistent bedtime routine and considering natural sleep aids like magnesium or ashwagandha. If necessary, take naps during the day to recharge. Quality sleep can drastically improve your mood, energy levels, and overall productivity.

Mandatory Fun

Burnout often leads to abandoning hobbies and interests. Reintroducing activities that bring you joy can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether it’s knitting, reading, or even watching your favorite TV shows, making time for yourself is crucial.

Schedule mandatory fun every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Engage in activities that make you happy and provide a mental break from work and responsibilities. This can help rejuvenate your spirit and combat feelings of burnout.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

There is no shame in seeking support, whether it’s from friends, therapists, or even medication. I personally found relief in resuming a low dose of Zoloft. If you’re struggling, consider reaching out for professional help or talking to someone you trust.

Consider practical supports like hiring help for household tasks or using ready-made meals to lighten your load. These resources can provide much-needed relief and allow you to focus on recovery. Your health and stability are worth more than any temporary discomfort or expense.

Moving Forward with Compassion

Recovering from burnout requires time, patience, and self-compassion. By accepting your limitations, prioritizing sleep, rekindling passions, and seeking support, you can begin to heal and regain control over your life. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Take it one step at a time and be kind to yourself.

Feel free to leave your thoughts or share your experiences with burnout in the comments below. If you’d like to see more topics on mental health and burnout, let me know! I really appreciate your feedback.

Note: This blog post is based on personal experiences and is not intended as professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider for any health concerns.


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After working with dozens of brilliant, hard-working entrepreneurs as a freelance writer, I learned a thing or two about great content. Now I bring my years of experience, practice, and self-study to bloggers and businesses that want to nail it in the content game.


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