Ways To Avoid Burnout As A Small Business Owner
Burnout is a serious problem that is very common among small business owners. The passion and excitement you have for your business can see you waking before dawn and working long into the night, and days off can become a few and far between.
The physical and mental health effects of burnout can include coronary heart disease, depression, anxiety and autoimmune illness as well as inhibit your decision-making abilities, draining your energy and eroding your confidence. This is why it’s vital to put a stop to burnout before it takes hold.
If you feel like you’re starting to burnout here are some simple strategies you can implement to help you relax and have a more balanced approach to your work.
Keep Yourself Healthy
Many small business owners feel they don’t have the time to exercise or prepare healthy balanced meals, often eating at their desk or on the run. If you’re unhealthy you’ll burn out faster so make sure you exercise regularly every week, eat a well-balanced diet and get enough sleep. Too much stress is also debilitating to your health so find ways that help you to de-stress and unwind such as yoga or meditation.
Entrepreneurs have so much passion for their business that they often end up “doing it all”, finding it difficult to let others take on even the simplest tasks. Hand over appropriate tasks to competent employees or outsource them to freelancers or professionals. This will free up your time to focus on the bigger tasks and the future direction of your business.
Take Time Off
Everyone needs the time out to relax and recharge and with the added pressures that come with running a small business, it is absolutely crucial. Keep regular business hours and take breaks during your work day. Make sure you take days off every week and plan holidays on a regular basis to enjoy with family and friends. You will come back to work refreshed and focused on your goals ahead.
Manage Your Time
As a small business owner we have the luxury of setting our work hours, however, this can soon turn to into a problem if we are not using our time productively. Know your business goals and prioritize your daily tasks based around achieving these goals…and complete them. Be on time for your appointments and expect others to do the same. Managing your time also includes not wasting valuable time scrolling around on Facebook and surfing the internet.
Unplug From Technology
Once you have finished work for the day (at a reasonable time) shut down all your technology. Turn off computers/laptops and put away your tablets….even take a break from your smartphone for a while.Your body and mind need a good break from the screens to unwind from all stimulation and decision making. You can spend this time going for a walk, playing with the kids or doing absolutely nothing at all!
Set Your Boundaries And Limits
Take some time establishing your boundaries of what you will and won’t do and what’s acceptable and stick to them. Be clear and concise in letting others know these boundaries and expectations and learn how to say no. This will avoid wasting precious time and building up resentment.
Running your own small business is an exciting adventure! Find ways to fill your work day with some fun and laughter. Don’t lose sight of the dream and vision you started out with and remember to enjoy the ride! Outside of work hours do things that make you happy and give you joy as this positive energy will flow into your business.
Only in more recent times have we had the technology and scientific research to substantiate the specific benefits that meditation and mindfulness practice can bring to a person’s life, such as:
- Reduces Stress, Anger, Anxiety, and Depression
- Improves Concentration
- Promotes Healthy Lifestyle Choices (diet, exercise, and reducing smoking, alcohol and drug use)
- Increasing Self Awareness
- Promotes Happiness
- Become More Accepting and Patient
- Slows Ageing
- Benefits Cardiovascular and Immune Health
And as with everything these days there are a number of great Apps available to help support your meditation practice. View our best meditation apps to find out which ones might best suit you.
Don’t Be Too Proud Or Embarrassed To Ask For Help
As an entrepreneur, you are motivated, ambitious, productive and creative but you are also human. As humans we all go through times when we get overwhelmed, stressed, run down or anxious. We all need help every once in a while, so don’t be afraid to ask friends or associates for help or to go and see a qualified professional if needed.
If you or someone you know is suffering from extreme burnout it’s important to get help. At Brain Wellness Spa we offer unique treatments using Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR) which has been proven to significantly reduce the effect of burnout allowing you to operate your business with clarity and without fear.
We offer our 8 step Emotional Empowerment Program which is a risk-free program. 98% of our customers* receive a result in their first session or it’s free. For customers that have experienced the emotional empowerment program we also over our Tony Robbins style program to maximize your performance as a business owner called Unstoppable You, contact us today to find out more.
*Based upon a client self-assessment survey, results may vary from person to person