When writing is your identity and life, finding the right balance between the professional and the personal can be challenging. Writing can be a demanding profession, and it’s easy to get lost in work and forget about other aspects of life.
It is possible with some effort. Writers must ensure they are taking time away from their writing projects to focus on other things, such as family, friends, hobbies, and self-care. This will help you stay productive while also avoiding burnout. Setting boundaries between work and home life can help you stay focused on both professional and personal goals without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
Signs of writer burnout include difficulty concentrating on projects, lack of enthusiasm for writing tasks, procrastination, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done, and feeling emotionally drained after completing tasks. Suppose you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms. In that case, it may be time to take a break from writing and assess your current situation.
By improving your personal and professional life, you can reduce stress levels and start feeling better again. This includes setting realistic goals, taking necessary breaks, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. Seeking help from friends or family members can be beneficial in managing your stress levels and helping you cope with all the pressure.
I understand the difficulty of keeping yourself away from your laptop because you may feel the effects of stress overload. I managed to resist all day yesterday, but I’m back at it today. Writing is very therapeutic. I keep one project going that is just a pleasure writing, just for me. It’s like the dessert at the end of a sometimes not-so-great meal.
So, hang in there, keep writing, but take care of yourself. The result is worth the effort. Keep sight of the person behind the writing.