I am no stranger to burnout. There, I said it. But honestly, let’s get real for a minute. If I’m being 100% transparent, I struggle with burnout several times a year. Fall is particularly challenging (hello busy season) and things can quickly feel like they are spiraling out of control. Hell, sometimes they actually do spiral out of control.
In my peak season, my calendar jams up, I overcommit myself (professionally and personally) and find myself feeling like I’m just going to lose it.
Before you read any further, I need to first make it clear that I in no way have it all figured out. I am human, I make mistakes, and it’s a constant battle to prioritize my life. But, I’ve learned a few things from my episodes of burn out and I want to share them with you! This post is as much for you as it is for me — because I constantly need to be reminded of my own advice!
Here are the cliff notes: You cannot pour from an empty cup, and there is no way you can show up for your family and business if you’re not first showing up for yourself. Every. Single. Day.
Want to dig into how I manage to do this? Keep on reading because I elaborate on five ways I deal with burnout. Disclaimer: There’s no magic recipe or quick fix. But if you give yourself some grace (and extend the same grace to those around you) these five tips will help you get back to balance.
5 Ways I Deal With Burnout
Change Your Mindset
“Overwhelm, just like calm, is a state of mind, and all you have to do is choose which party you’re going to attend.” I love this quote from You Are a Badass At Making Money because it puts the power back in your possession. Often times, the way we perceive things is our biggest source of frustration. When you can’t change your situation, changing your mindset can be your saving grace.
Instead of “I have so much work to do, I’ll never get it all done.” Try focusing on “I am so grateful my services are in such high demand, what a blessing to have a thriving business.” I know it may sound cheesy at first, but the more time you spend focusing on the positive in your life, the less time you’ll have to stress out about everything else.
If you suffer from FOMO – saying no can be a challenge. Repeat after me: I CANNOT DO IT ALL. Now, accept that and realize that you’ll need to say no to some events, meetings, get-togethers and ((gasp)) income generating opportunities. Because again, YOU CANNOT DO IT ALL!
Your time is precious, and you’ve got to decide what is most important (especially during busy seasons). Go with your gut, and if your first instinct is to say no – then I recommend going with it. By saying no to outside actives that don’t excite or uplift you, what you’re really doing is saying yes to yourself and what is best for you.
Block Days Off On Your Calendar
If your schedule is anything like mine, your days, nights, and weekends are full. For me, this makes it feel like I have to squeeze work into every single day. As an event professional, taking days off on the weekend is TOUGH. I’ve made amends with that. But to counterbalance, I’ve made it a habit to block off the day after a wedding on my calendar. This is a day that I know I’ll be physically tired and need to spend quality time with my family.
Now, does that mean it works out perfectly every time? No — this is real life after all. But marking days OFF is a great step to protecting myself from burnout.
Put Your Health & Well Being First
The first thing out the window when I get overbusy? My health. Eating well, getting enough sleep and regular exercise all get demoted because other “more important” things take priority. Sadly, proper health, rest and nutrition are the keys to avoiding burnout – so demoting them can get you into trouble.
I love making health and wellness commitments to myself. For example, this fall I’ve committed to a 100 Day Burpee Challenge and running 3 days a week. I even post some of my burpees on InstaStories (thanks to my followers for being my accountability partners!).
Do I have time for either of these things in my schedule? Not really. But I made a commitment to myself, and this time moving my body has made a world of difference in my overall perspective on life. I feel better equipped to tackle my day, and I make better choices with food as a result.
It doesn’t have to be running, maybe it’s meditation, yoga, swimming, or a morning walk. Whatever makes you feel more centered and balanced will help stave off burnout!
Ask For Help
No matter how life looks like on social media, we are all struggling in one way or another. And when the weight of the struggle gets heavy – call on your village for help. You don’t have to struggle alone. Ask for help from your family, vent to a friend, hire a sitter or maybe even order your groceries to be delivered. Whatever is going to make your load a little less heavy, do it!
So there you have it – the top five ways I deal with burnout. Again – this isn’t fool-proof and sometimes things still get dicey — but if I’m honoring these five tips, I am much stronger physically, mentally and emotionally – which helps me tackle what business and life throw my way….including burnout.
Do you have any other helpful tips to share? Drop them in the comments below.