The threat is real.
Burn out it strikes the strongest of writers. Taking them out one by one. I’ve seen it first-hand. Authors—they plug into their computer for a writing marathon. Or a writers’ conference knocks them with the mother of all writers block.
“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story, but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” —John Green
With a summer packed with writers’ conferences and events across the nation, we are spreading awareness. Be on the alert for mental exhaustion from overstimulation, feeling overwhelmed, or even a little depressed.
Don’t let it be you.
Speaking of recovery…
Take time to yourself
Know when it’s time to leave. Conferences can run for days, beginning in the early hours of the morning with a breakfast and leading all the way into the night. Make a plan of attack so that you will still be able to meet with important people, but that you can save enough of yourself to actually make a good impression. It’s never good to make the impression that you hate all humans.
When you get home, say hi to your family, and then take some time to yourself. It’s not selfish to need some time to recuperate and recharge. Relax and read a book that you picked up or journal some of the ideas that you received at the conference. Just don’t feel rushed to act upon them right away.
Staying up late and getting up early is a recipe for the grumpies. Go to bed a little earlier than you usually would. Turn off your phone before you tuck in to tune into your natural circadian rhythms. Or just spend part of the day hidden under a blanket or a blanket fort.
Remember the sun? It’s been there all the time you were stuck inside a conference room. Enjoy some nature and take a walk. Get some all-natural vitamin D. Breathe the clean air. Hug a tree. Give a moose a cookie…
You just survived two, three, maybe even four days surrounded by people?! Treat yo’self. Celebrate with a small gift to commemorate your conference survival. Buy yourself that new journal you’ve been wanting or make a scrumptious dinner to celebrate the moment.
Take time to shut off
After a conference, it can be tempting to get right to work. Creativity is a-flowin’ and channeling your energy into action seems like a natural progression. Instead, make a commitment not to get to work right away. Take a day to mull over ideas and work at them at your own pace. There’s nothing worse than getting hyped up about a new project and getting stuck halfway through. Pace yourself and avoid burning out.
Katelyn S. Bolds balances work as Web Editor, Author Services Extraordinaire, and freelance writer. She is married to coffee; also her husband. At times this DIY life might get a little crazy, but she takes it one day at a time. A little yoga, a lot of organization, and a holistic approach make for a Bold Life. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.