How to Avoid Burnout

We’ve all heard of burnout, and many of us have gone through it. But what does it actually mean?

Burnout ~ emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors and inadequate coping and adaptive skills. In addition to signs of exhaustion, the person with burnout exhibits an increasingly negative attitude toward his or her job, low self-esteem, and personal devaluation.”

Business owners, entrepreneurs and people who are self-employed are especially vulnerable. When you add heightened responsibility, long hours, and often the sacrifice of personal time or pleasures, it’s easy understand. Thankfully, with a little help from, we can offer you tips to prevent your own burnout.

Make Yourself a Priority

Get some sleep. Exhaustion will speed you along the way to a full burnout. Your body and mind both need rest to function at their best. Eat right. That doesn’t necessarily mean a strict diet, but it also doesn’t mean skipping all those meals you have been. Exercise. Not only is it good for body and mind (noticing a pattern here?), but it relieves stress and can help reverse burnout.

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Or maybe we should say… it’s important to sometimes do nothing. Take breaks. Take a walk. Take vacations. Be in the moment.

Get Real

Make sure your expectations are realistic. You can’t do everything, so give yourself a break. Delegate. Ask for help. Cull your to-do list.

Draw Lines

Set regular business hours. Divide tasks into time slots – and stick to them. Don’t give away your time. Set boundaries with others and learn how to say no.

Lighten Up

Look for the pleasure in what you’re doing. Smile more and worry less. Negativity and bitterness can lead you into deepening cycles of burnout and unhappiness.

Call for Help

There’s no shame in admitting to people that you aren’t a super hero… they already knew. Ask for help. Talk to friends. Or see a professional. Don’t try to tough it out.