Today we’re going to talk about burnout; you probably know the feeling. There you are, trucking along in your business when suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, you go from boundless enthusiasm to fatigue and cynicism. How? Why? And what the heck do you do? I’m glad you asked.
Burnout is essentially stress, but it’s the stress we feel after we have consistently taken on too much responsibility at work. There are signs you can look out for that would indicate you are an official resident of burnout land. These are:
First off, put your hands up. Step away from the 10,000 extra tasks you told yourself you have to do. Back away slowly from those 20 email templates you have yet to design. All of it can wait.
If you don’t have a handle on your mental health, it will affect everything from your business but most importantly, your quality of life. Stop putting work before yourself. It’s not worth it.
Please if you can, go to therapy if you are really struggling in terms of work/life depression. A therapist is a great tool/ neutral 3rd party who can offer perspectives and contingency plans in the face of burnout.
Delegate more if you can- either at work and/or at home. Do you have coworkers who could share the load, or do you have the resources available to hire an assistant or a team in your business? Do it. Do you have the resources to hire a nanny or cleaning lady to take the pressure off of you when you get home? Do it. Spending money to take care of yourself doesn’t make you wasteful or lazy. It makes you a balanced human.
Killing yourself at work until something you love becomes something you hate, should not be the goal. You don’t have to hustle hard all the time, and if you find yourself loathing work more than you love it, it might be time to consider a break.
Don’t feel guilty using that PTO: you earned it. It doesn’t have to be a long elaborate vacation. Just a day for you to spend in bed with Netflix or a favorite book can do wonders for your mental well-being and restore your motivation at work.
At the end of the day, your job is not who you are. It’s not your life. Your life is the relationships you have both with others and yourself. There is no award for working yourself to death and being miserable in the process. So stop.
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