Earlier this week, I attended a Lady Founder’s Entrepreneur Brunch hosted by the Ladypreneur League at WeWork, Buckhead. During this brunch, women from different backgrounds discussed their struggles as entrepreneurs and how to recover from feeling burnt out. Whether you’re a traveling chef, trying to promote your brand as a blogger, a fashion designer, or work a corporate job – we have all felt like we have lost that fire to keep going. When you wake up in the mornings and have to drag yourself through the day, because you’re just so burnt out. If you’ve ever been in that situation, then you know how mentally and physically exhausting it can be.
The thing is, we naturally look at success as a necessity, not as a journey or a stretch goal. We keep pushing ourselves to attain it, but forget that we need to slow down and take a breather. At one point in the brunch lifestyle photographer, Kelley Raye, and Erin McManness from Paper Raven Co., shared some good pointers that may help you prepare for the next time you feel like you’re about to hit your burnout phase. Having this REAL heartfelt discussion led to other entrepreneurs sharing valuable insight from their lives and struggles, things that helped them get back on their feet as well. I wanted to share my top 10 takeaways from this event, to hopefully help YOU recover from your burnout moments.
10 Things You Need to Know for Combating Burnout As An Entrepreneur
- “You are your business’s #1 asset” – This holds true for all entrepreneurs! There are times where you are trying to juggle a million things at once. For example: Managing the finances of your business, employees, benefits, year ends…the list is endless. While trying to juggle different aspects of your business, you’re eventually going to start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and physically exhausted. Your peace of mind and health is more important than anything else. It’s your business and you need to be healthy enough to manage it effectively. And if you can’t stay healthy long enough to see your dreams to fruition… then what was any of it really good for?
- Take a small step back – Don’t let yourself get to the point where you want to quit or walk away. Sometimes, you just need to take a small step back. Detach yourself a little so you can really reevaluate what the problem may be. Obviously, depending on the complexity of the problem, you may just need to detach for a few minutes or maybe you’ll need a few days. It all depends, but don’t let yourself feel defeated. Be resilient.
- Give yourself a break to recoup – Take a VACATION! Working 100 hours a week might be necessary, but it’s not good. It’s not good for you, nor is it good for the business. You need days or weeks where you’ve given your body and mind time to recover and refresh. If you feel like you’re not progressing no matter what ideas you’re chasing or that you just don’t feel that burning desire to succeed anymore… take a break. Recoup. Reboot. Repeat.
- Love yourself – Sometimes, we don’t meet our own expectations and that is okay. Learn to love yourself for all the small accomplishments along the way and all the feats you’ve achieved, and love yourself even more when you’re not fully where you want to be. Be confident in what you’re capable of and don’t EVER feel guilty when everything is hitting the fan, but you’re out giving yourself YOU-time. You deserve at least that much.
- It’s okay to feel the way you feel right now – You’re allowed to feel exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed. Don’t let someone else make you feel like you owe them an explanation for why you may be feeling that way.
- Don’t be stubborn – Keep denying the fact you may need to take a break, or that maybe you’re not in the right state of mind and will get back at it tomorrow is complete nonsense. Your body doesn’t lie to you. If you’re mentally and physically exhausted, allow yourself to recoup. Being stubborn and denying things doesn’t make them go away, it just makes you worse for wear.
- Plant your seeds & wait – This one hit home for me. Patience plays a huge role in business. It’s easy to become impatient when you’re waiting for things to happen. For me, it’s when I’m emailing potential sponsors or clients, and waiting to hear back sometimes feels like forever. For you it might be wanting a response to the new ad you just put up or pre-orders for your latest seasonal line. If you’ve done your research and did what you think was best, be patient. As Sandra Kring once said, “the tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, struggle to reach the light.” You planted your seeds, now you’ve just gotta wait.
- Surround yourself with others who can help you – Having to lean on someone else is needed sometimes. Surround yourself with people who have gone through it or just want the best for you. Sometimes you need insight from the person whose been there and overcame, sometimes you need someone to tell you when you’re being ridiculous. This way, you can brainstorm and figure out how to overcome things together in the future.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Ahhhh! How difficult is to admit you need help and then actually asking it? We think of feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and vulnerable as a sign of weakness. The truth is that vulnerability and our perceived weaknesses allow us to grow in ways that we probably never imagined before. Asking for help doesn’t mean that you’re weak or you’re not capable, it means you’re smart enough to understand you need help and brave enough to ask for it.
- Sleep – Just sleep. We need to rest our eyes and mind. The 99 things you may have to do are still going to be there tomorrow. So, just sleep.
I leave you with a quote that took me a while to truly appreciate…
“You can do anything, but not everything” – David Allen
I really hope this helps.
Enjoy your weekend!