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Blogging has challenges for everyone because it is a lot of work and I think all bloggers can relate to the struggles of staying consistent with your writing. If you are a chronic pain blogger, I would argue that blogging is more difficult because you have to find a way to write while being in excruciating pain. Blogging with chronic pain has different challenges because getting your work done is more than just motivating yourself to write a blog post and a lot of the time it’s your pain that prevents you from creating new posts as often as you’d like. It is hard to blog with chronic pain because pain levels can change on a daily basis and sometimes high pain levels are the reason you disappear from the Internet for weeks at a time. Pain can be distracting and sometimes it can be difficult to sit down and write a blog post when you have agonizing pain but blogging with pain is possible. How can you write with pain? In this post, I am going to talk about how I manage to blog while living with chronic pain.
Find a schedule that works for you- There is a lot of recommendations of how often you should blog for growth and some people may say that you only need to blog once a week while others will swear by daily blogging. Consistency is key for blog growth and vast majority of people might be able to blog daily but for people who live with pain blog sometimes it can be a little difficult. I try to publish a new blog post every Monday and Friday evenings and a vast majority of the time I able to except for when my migraine pain is flaring and posts have to be rescheduled or skipped altogether. Find a schedule that works for you and be realistic about it because you will get burnt out from blogging if you try to pressure yourself to write more often when your body says to rest. Chronic pain bloggers with less severe pain often will be able to blog more often than someone with chronic migraine who is experiencing symptoms every single day and that is okay because there is no perfect blog schedule that will work for everyone and you pick that one that makes sense for you . There is a lot of recommendation of when and how much to post but I take these recommendations very lightly because every blog is different. Some people are able to get blog growth by blogging but for me that would not work because migraine symptoms to flare quite often and some days getting out of bed is a difficult task. Bloggers burn out is a real thing and people in pain are more prone to burn out and the only way you will avoid it and continue to love blogging is by being realistic with your blogging schedule and staying consistent as best you can.
Make your work area as comfortable as possible- If you blog with pain I don’t necessarily think you need to be as comfortable as you would be if you were watching Netflix but you should have some level of comfort because when you are too uncomfortable it makes pain worse and you can’t focus on the task at hand. Make your work environment as comfortable as you can for less pain because when you make necessary accommodations it makes blogging easier and more enjoyable. Everyone will have different needs and some people may need to sit on a cushion while blogging to prevent joint pain while other people with chronic migraine may need to dim the light on their computers to prevent attacks. If you are blogging with chronic pain it’s almost impossible to get your pain to a zero but you can make certain adjustments in your work environment to make your pain more bearable.
Drink some water while you are blogging- When I am blogging I generally will not get up unless I have to pee because it distracts me and I tend to forget a lot of important details. It can take several hours to get a post done and sometimes you may get so focused on work that you forget to hydrate yourself and don’t realize it until you have a horrible migraine and it’s too late. If you blog for hours at a time and don’t take a lot of breaks it can be helpful to get a water bottle that you can have your desk to prevent dehydration because you can’t do your best work without taking care of yourself. Bloggers do need to make time to blog but you should never neglect good nutrition and let yourself get dehydrated because of a blog post as it can turn bearable pain levels to unbearable it a matter of hours.
Listen to your body- There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to write a blog post because your body had a mind of it’s own and sometimes it can be tempting to want to push through the pain. I cannot stress enough how important it is to listen to your body when you live with pain because pushing yourself to do things on high-pain days often backfires and makes already bad pain even worse. If you are not feeling well today it’s okay to reschedule your blog post for tomorrow or skip a week all together because taking a week off every now and then will not affect your blog that much.. Listening to your body is such an important and powerful tool because you do your best work when all you can think about is your agonizing pain. Listen to your body and if necessary take the week off to focus on self-care because as frustrating as unplanned rest days are it sometimes is necessary. Listen to your body and try not to overdo it because your body is smart and you will give yourself more pain than you would have had if rested.
Do a little stretching- When you are a blogger sometimes you will be sitting at your computer for hours at a time creating content and before you know your muscles are stiff from lack of movement. Some disabled people will not be able to stretch because not all disabilities will benefit from stretching but a vast majority of people should be taking five to ten minute stretch breaks. If you have been sitting at your computer for a while, get up every couple of hours and walk around your house or do a couple of yoga stretches because sitting at your computer all day with no breaks can be harmful to your health and often contributes to pain. Exercise can help some people in pain but not everyone is able to exercise and you can’t do your exercises as well if you don’t prioritize flexibility.
Try and not compare yourself others- When you live with pain it can be really easy to compare yourself to other bloggers and sometimes we can be a little hard on ourselves when we can’t post as much and see someone else getting daily posts out. I follow a couple of blogs that are run by people who are not disabled or live with pain and sometimes I find myself comparing my blog to others because a vast majority of people have more energy than I do and can write more. Why can’t I be consistent with my blogging schedule? Try not compare yourself to other blogs because people without pain have an unfair advantage and are able to blog more because they are not in pain. Do the best you can and try not to compare yourself to other people because only you know if you are giving it your best and I can guarantee you if more bloggers had pain people would be blogging less.
Break it up– When you are blogging sometimes you want to get it all done in one go but for people in pain sitting at a computer for long periods of time might be very hard. If you find yourself struggling to focus, it’s okay to break it up over several days. Some more experienced bloggers will be able to write long posts in a matter of hour but not everyone has developed but it doesn’t matter how quickly because all people care about is that you got it done.
Blogging with pain has more challenges than blogging without pain and sometimes it can feel impossible to blog and create quality content while living with pain. Most people that live with chronic pain will not blog every day because one blog post can take everything out of you and more rest time is required. If you can’t blog for a week or two due because your pain is high, it’s okay and it doesn’t mean you failed. Be realistic with your blogging schedule and ask yourself is blogging every day sustainable? People ask me all the time how I blog with pain, and I do it by simply listening to my body and not blogging on high pain days. Chronic pain is unpredictable and some days it’s really hard to blog because chronic pain bloggers often can’t write a lot of extra posts like most people can and we have to try to not overdo it on good days. How do you get your blogging done while living with pain?
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