At some point in our entrepreneurial careers, we all experience burnout. Burnout is defined as an excessively prolonged state of exhaustion which can be emotional, mental, or physical that cause one to lose interest or motivation in an activity that they were once highly productive in. For example, you feel excited and motivated for a time, things are going great then smack! You hit a Wall. You find yourself in bust mode being productive getting things done there are results. You see yourself growing but things start to dry up and are in a drought.
Individuals may feel, as if they have nothing more to give and are running low or empty with thoughts of being overwhelmed or feeling a sense of loss in self, direction, and drive.
Where you are in your entrepreneurial journey may determine how you deal with burnout or being down in the dumps. The important part to remember is how to recognize that it is happening and how you can pace yourself in order to prevent it from occurring. As we reach for the stars and expand into this world, we want to discuss ways you can recognize burnout and tools that can help you get out of it.
Signs of Burnout include:
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- A sense of feeling unworthy
- Working too much without time for relaxation
- Feeling as if your tank is on empty with loss of drive and joy
- Dreading Follow-up and phone calls
- Lack of Sleep
To prevent burn out, we have to remember entrepreneurship is like running a marathon. Pace yourself and create boundaries. When we examine our body of work on a day-to-day basis it allows us to have a better scope of our accomplishments to see the bigger picture. Listen to your body for clues and allow yourself to focus on habits that make you feel good in order to ride the motivational wave.
Tools that can help you get out of Burnout include:
- Going to the gym- working out and sweating out the stress
- Go for Calming Walks which allow you to focus your energy and clear out the noise
- Work on getting more sleep by focusing on setting a time schedule
- Eating Less sugar, to gain back energy
- Lastly, use guided meditation and visualization
These are only a few suggestions, there are much more. You just need to find the right regimen that works for you. Self-awareness gives you a chance to replenishing your supply of self. It’s easy to give up on yourself as a creator or innovator but when you keep in the right mindset and readjust your schedule you will find ways to stay fresh, focused and prepared.
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