3 Simple Steps to Beat Burnout
Burnout seems like something reserved for people who despise their 9-5 job. Well, I’m here as a spiritual entrepreneur who loves what she does to tell you—that’s not the case.
In fact, as an entrepreneur, I have experienced a huge period of burnout in my life.
I went through this at the end of 2020, which inspired me to share this blog post in hopes of helping you beat your burnout or avoid it together.
I’m chatting about how to use self-care to get into a flow with your business and beat burnout as a spiritual entrepreneur. I’m sharing my journey through burnout, the tips that helped me become more mindful and stop the cycle and create extreme productivity.
My Journey to Burnout
When I started my business, I was so in love with what I was doing that I would work extremely long days. It was easy to work nonstop because I loved it so much that it didn’t feel like work at all. I was focused on content creation, writing a book, podcasting, working with my 1:1 clients, and group coaching clients. I even assisted my mentors with some of their launches too.
After a while, my busy schedule caught up with me. I started to feel tired, drank much more coffee than usual, and saw my routines becoming inconsistent.
My boyfriend actually spoke to me about it. He brought up that I had been working a lot and neglected to spend quality time with him or anything other than my business. This was a wake-up call for me.
I wasn’t even consciously aware that I was so focused on my business that I wasn’t taking time to rest or spend time with my loved ones. The passion for my business has overshadowed my need for self-care and time with friends and family. Eventually, I began to hit a wall.
I was forced to confront what was causing my burnout and to take steps to heal the issue.
If you’re unsure if you are experiencing burnout yourself, here are some common signs of burnout:
Common Signs of Burnout:
Lack of motivation
Lack of focus
Not feeling like yourself
Feeling overwhelmed and like there is always more to do
You self-care slips
You require more and more caffeine
By the end of 2020, I was entirely burnt out. Going into 2021, I set the intention of creating a work-life balance. I realized that my current schedule was by no means sustainable.
To make a change, you first have to accept that you are, in fact, burnt out. Acknowledge and accept that you are burnt out and make an effort to make a change.
How to Heal Burnout and Prevent it from Happening Again:
1. Set Your Hours, Workflow, & Boundaries
For me, there were months of back-to-back over-committing. At a 9-5 job, when the day is done—it's done. When you work for yourself from home, it can be hard to separate work and home life.
Create your own workflow. We love that we can set our own hours, so let’s actually look at the hours and create a schedule and workflow. Decide what works for you and stick to that schedule. Let your clients know.
This helps you create boundaries for yourself so you can be all in.
For example, I have been trying to work for 4 days and have 3 off. Some of my fellow entrepreneurs work multiple half days. Schedule the ideal schedule for you to be in your flow.
2. Schedule in Self-Care & Loved Ones
I was scheduling all my work stuff, but not time to relax, take classes, time with loved ones, etc. And that meant I wasn’t doing it. These things are just as essential as scheduling work for your business.
Avoiding burnout can be as simple as prioritizing your personal schedule as much as your work/business schedule.
3. Ask for Help When You Need It
If you are someone with a jam-packed schedule, and a lot of that stuff is business tasks, asking for help is a humongous form of self-care.
Once I realized I could let some of these things go, I let my VA take on those tasks for me.
There is no shame in asking for help—you can’t expect to do everything yourself forever without running into burnout, especially as a business owner. There are so many facets of running a business that it can easily become overwhelming for a single person, no matter how much you love what you do.
So show yourself and your business some life by asking for help. For more on how to hire a VA, check out my podcast episode: How to Find a Virtual Assistant
Basically, healing burnout requires setting boundaries and taking advantage of the benefits of running your own business, you make the rules, and it’s your job to protect your energy so you can show up as the best version of yourself for your business, clients, your loved ones and most importantly, yourself.
Without you, your business would crumble.
Take it from someone who has tried—you can’t power through burnout—it’s not sustainable. Once you find balance in your business, you’ll thank me. You’ll be able to work from a place of pure bliss.
I hope this helped you beat and avoid future burnouts!
Are you currently feeling burnt out? Let me know in the comments!