Burnout is a real thing. It’s not just what the kids do with the car in a parking lot😉
For entrepreneurs it is one of the major things that can stop you from moving forward and even at times make you want to just stop following your dream all together.
But it can be stopped before it becomes a major issue if you take the time.
According to Psychology Today, Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress.
Something you can relate to?
Burnout doesn’t happen just because you work long hours or have a lot on your plate, although those are contributing factors.
If you are constantly trying to do it all yourself and never taking a break, you could face burnout, as well as many other health problems such as headaches, fatigue, GI issues and more.
Signs you are burned out include feeling physically and mentally exhausted, dreading work, feeling cynical, angry or irritable, and even a lack of compassion.
6 ways to heal burnout include:
Delegate – Set goals, lay out the tasks you are doing and then break down the items and note who you can delegate to. This gets easier over time if you are not used to delegating yet.
Seek support- Reach out to someone you trust or seek professional support to help you cope with how you are feeling.
Relaxing activities – There are many ways you can de-stress that don’t take a lot of time but have amazing benefits. Maybe you try a yoga class, learn to meditate, try tai chi, or even just pick up an adult coloring book and color mindlessly for a while. These all give your brain a chance to relax and stop thinking of all the things that have to get done. They focus you on your breath and your body instead.
Movement – Regular physical activity helps you handle stress. It can take your mind off work for a bit and there are tons of health advantages.
Sleep – Sometimes we just need more sleep, especially if we are burned out. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health.
Mindfulness – The act of focusing on your breath and being aware of your senses and feelings in the moment, without interpretation or judgment, will help you to see things in a new light. You will begin to respond instead of react and you will see situations in a different way. You will be more open and patient and you will also hear your intuition much more clearly.
Burnout can happen to anyone. If you haven’t been able to prevent it and just feel like you are spiraling now, there are many ways to get support and heal yourself. If you relate and would like help to feel like yourself again and get things back on track, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am happy to help if I can or point you in the direction of someone that may be just the support you need.