Have you experienced business owner burnout -- blemishes, headaches, sleeplessness, panic attacks, or heart palpitations?…
My Greatest Business Lesson – Burnout and How to Avoid It
Did you know our stress levels are one of the main causes of burnout?
The Australian Psychology Society discovered in 2014 that just over seven out of ten people reported current stress was having an impact on their physical health. Many of us take our health for granted until it is threatened. It’s only when it is threatened, and we see the effects it has on our lives, that we decide to jump into action.
The thing is, if stress has taken you to the point where you are unable to jump out of bed in the mornings, you feel drained, you can no longer think clearly, and you can only sleep for 3 to 4 hours each night, it is already having a huge impact on your life and your business, and it’s a long road to recovery.
Having experienced entrepreneurial burnout myself, this is one of the greatest lessons I learned. The good news is, we can do something about this and if we develop awareness around it now, we can avoid the burnout fire.
Stress all begins in the mind.
It’s not situations that stress us out but the way we see those situations in our mind. It then causes an emotional response, and it all begins with a part of our brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for the fight, flight or freeze response. Its part of our reptilian brain and its job is to help us survive.
The amygdala creates a complex chain of reactions, and our body goes into full alert. It’s the thing that helps us perform Herculean acts in emergency situations.
The thing is, the amygdala doesn’t know if it’s a rescue situation or a deadline you are dealing with, it only knows how you are seeing it and will respond in exactly the same way.
And if you are often seeing everyday situations as a problem or emergency, the stress response can eventually lead to your body breaking down in the form of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune and fatigue syndromes.
To avoid burnout, it’s important to build awareness around this and to first of all:
Change the way you are looking at things.
When you choose to look at things from a positive perspective, you will remain calm and empowered, your body can stay healthy and vital, and you give yourself maximum opportunity to achieve everything you want.
When you experience a challenge, learn to reframe and change your perception of the situation. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this and what can I change?” and look for the gift and solution.
Develop personal routines.
We all know systems help a business run more efficiently, in the same way creating personal routines helps you work more efficiently. When you develop routines to care for your health and wellness, you will be more positive, have more energy, feel more focused and work much more productively.
Develop a daily practice of gratitude, exercise, meditation maybe yoga or Tai Chi. Go to bed early and have regular wake up times. Have regular meal times and refuel your body with good healthy food.
Be your most valued client.
We all know how to make a full commitment to our clients, but many people don’t make the same commitment to themselves. Without you the business goes nowhere, whether you have a team or you’re a sole operator, your business needs a solid, healthy leader to drive it and give it direction.
When you treat yourself like your most valued client, you give yourself the fuel you need to drive your business forward. Schedule yourself and your wellness into your daily planner and treat yourself as you would your most valued client.
I have to say these are the basics and there is so much more to this. What I would like to let you know is when I started to look at business challenges in a different way, started to make that full commitment to me and my own health and wellness routines, I started to feel a sense of letting go.
I felt a sense of calm and began to be more productive even though I was working less hours. Because of this, my business started to soar much higher than it had ever done before.
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