Burnout is real no matter what your occupation is. Let’s talk about what we can do to avoid streamer burnout from creeping in!
Avoid stream burnout by switching things up
You’ve been doing the exact same thing for a while and starting to feel discouraged. Try a just chatting stream or an art stream! Switch up what you’re doing and see how it goes. Trying new things can awaken your creativity and give you the boost that you needed. You don’t need to abandon your prior pursuits completely, but doing the same thing day in and day out is a common cause of streaming burnout. Do something different now and then.
Find a balance, avoid streamer burnout
Because streaming can be lots of fun, sometimes we forget that we still need to take breaks from it. Streaming as much as possible, while working a job and/or going to school is a lot of work! Make sure you keep streaming fun by not overdoing it. Spend time off-stream relaxing and doing other activities you enjoy. We all need a little time reserved each week where we can just relax.
Quality over quantity
You might think that if you start streaming less, everything will go down the tubes. This is simply not true. If you stream when you’re feeling good and refreshed, you’ll likely produce better streams, which your viewers will enjoy more. Sometimes streaming can lift your spirits by taking your mind off of other things. If you’re feeling tired of streaming itself, however, forcing yourself to do it is probably not a good idea and will lead to burnout. Focus on improving the streams you can comfortably fit in rather than on packing as many streams into the week as possible.
As gamers and streamers, we talk a lot about “grinding”. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking the grind for Twitch growth is more important than your mental health and general wellbeing. It’s okay to step away now and then and do unrelated things. It won’t be the end of the world or your channel! For helpful growth tips, check out our How to Grow Your Twitch Channel article.