It’s common for social media managers to feel as though they can never fully switch “off” during non-working hours. But it’s important to know when to step back. Taking time for yourself, recharging, creating necessary boundaries at work—it all helps you avoid burnout in the short term.
In this week’s #SproutChat, participants talked about what self-care means to them, shared tips for unplugging and explain how they find inspiration for their work.
Self-Care Goes Beyond Physical Care
Oftentimes when talking about self-care we think primarily about physical care. Mental and physical wellness are related, so make sure you’re prioritizing both. It helps to take standing breaks and laps around your office to get your brain going while not being stagnant.
Be Strategic About Unplugging
It’s easy to talk about “unplugging” and the importance of tearing yourself away from a screen. However, for many social media managers it can feel like an impossible task. Start small and allow unplugging to be a gradual process. You don’t have to cut your relationship with your phone cold turkey at 5. Instead, start with some tips from our participants.
We know that having conversations about work/life balance with your peers and managers can be uncomfortable, but boundaries can help happiness and productivity in the long run. Weigh each after-work request strategically and really consider whether or not they’re a priority.
Find Inspiration in the Everyday
At some point you might feel like your creative juice has been zapped. Find a routine that helps you step away from your everyday tasks and fits in time for creative inspiration, like checking out thought leadership content or clearing your mind and taking a walk.
Join #SproutChat on Twitter next Wednesday to talk about obtaining and growing a career in social media. Until then, join our Facebook community to connect with others in the industry.