December 28, 2020
Working as a content creator is fun, but it can also lead to stress and social media burnout. It’s a common misconception that my job is glamorous and as simple as posting blog content and aesthetically curated Instagram posts. Social Media Burnout is a real thing and it affects my mental and physical health. I know it is part of what I do for a living, and I am grateful for the opportunities that clients are giving me but sometimes, I cannot avoid feeling this way. That’s why I always make sure to take a break.
Normally, I travel when I feel stressed and burnout, but I cannot do it now due to pandemic travel restrictions. Travel requirements themselves are stressful and a bit hassle. Unlike before, you can go anywhere and anytime you want, without planning it much.
So I constantly look for other ways to refresh my mind and here are the activities online that I find helpful when I feel stressed
Watching my favorite series
Watching my favorite series on Netflix gives me a temporary escape from my day-to-day grind. I usually watch Korean series, but when I’m feeling down, I find myself re-watching FRIENDS. It takes the sting out of a long work week.
Reading blogs that inspires me
I know most of you love watching YouTube videos or VLOGs for entertainment, but I prefer reading blogs. It has been a habit of mine since I was in high school, which is why I also started my own blog. Sharing personal stories helps people to realize that lots of people worldwide experience something similar. It’s also a good way to discover different lifestyles, hobbies, and points of view.
Playing online games
There may be tons of games that we can play on our smartphones, but when I just want to relax my mind, I prefer simple games that can be easily accessed, without the need of installing and creating for an account. I recently discovered a website that offers free online games. The website primarily focuses on Solitaire games, but they also have lots of other games for all ages with different interests.
I love playing the Daily Crossword Puzzle. Like the normal crossword that we see in the newspaper and magazines, the clues for across and down can be found on the left side. Just click on the clue and the cells associated with that clue are automatically highlighted. You can then type in that word and move on to the next word! The puzzle automatically tracks how long you have worked on it.
And guess what, this is also printable!
Another game that I enjoy is the online Zuma ball. The game has 10 levels that feature a finite ball chain that moves toward the end of the level. You need to create sets of 3 or more balls in a row to remove them from the chain before it gets to the end. Your shots can create chain reactions where moving 3 yellow balls causes 2 green balls from one side to match with a green ball from the next side and removes those as well.
Simple games like this remind me so much of my childhood!
Let’s admit, buying a little something for yourself can relieve stress. I always feel excited whenever I add things to my shopping cart! It gives me brain-fueled happiness even if I’m just browsing online. But of course, I make sure to not take online shopping to an extreme. I pay attention when I feel like my spending is out of control.
How about you? What activities online do you always do to relieve stress and burnout? Let me know!