Burnout – “A state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands (helpguide.org).”
Tired of feeling tired? You’re probably burnt out from all of the work you’ve been doing lately! Being a business owner can feel like a never-ending race to the finish line, only to realize that it doesn’t end; We hope it won’t end, anyways. We’re sure you already know this, but it’s unhealthy to let yourself get to the point of burnout. Not only does it affect you, but it affects those around you.
Here’s a few tips on how to avoid burnout.
Take all of your breaks!
I’ve said this in a previous blog and I’ll say it again: You absolutely must take breaks to avoid burnout! Schedule the breaks if you have to. Take at least a one-hour break during your work day and consider adding two 10 to 15 minute breaks somewhere in between.
I once worked with a person who would take 10-15 minute “brain breaks” to clear her head. Each time she would leave the office and come back looking refreshed. I think those brain breaks really helped!
Another lady I worked with would use her lunch break to take a walk. She said those one-hour walks not only improved her physical health, but her mental health, as well. She especially enjoyed walking after dealing with a particularly challenging project. It helped her reset and it can do the same for you.
Oh and don’t forget to take vacations! We aren’t meant to just work until we die. We deserve to enjoy life to the fullest, so pull out your passport and start traveling, girlfriend!
Automate your systems
While automation can seem intimidating at first with the amount of time it takes to set up, it will certainly save you time in the long run.
Zapier is an automation software that would be a great place to start. They even have a free plan that lets you build one-to-one connections with your apps and automate basic tasks.
You can also do simple automation techniques, like setting up an Out of Office (OOO) message when you’re on that vacation I recommended you take. 😉
Some other things you can automate:
- Responding to direct messages using chatbots.
- Sending automatic follow-up emails.
- Setting recurring invoices and reminders.
And more. Automating your systems and processes will help you avoid burnout by taking these tedious tasks off of your plate.
Avoid burnout by unplugging from your business! Turn off your cell phone, put away your laptop, and get out of the office! I can’t stress this enough. Too many people center their lives around work. Work is not your identity, I repeat, work is not your identity!
Your spouse misses you, your kids miss you. They are tired of seeing you stressed all of the time. They are your life, not work. For their sake and for yours, unplug.
Hire a social media manager
If social media marketing is taking a lot out of you, consider hiring a social media manager to help. We can help you avoid burnout by managing your accounts for you so that you have more time to take those breaks that you deserve. Learn more about our packages here.
Hopefully some of this got through to you and you realize that there is much more to life than just working. Take action on some of the steps I’ve shared with you and don’t let yourself get burnt out again.
You deserve a life filled with less stress! Pursue your happiness today.