May 14, 2015 | 4 minutes

Tired of Being Tired? Avoiding Burnout

By Nathan Strum

Entrepreneurial burnout comes in different forms, and identifying it can be what is leaving you stressed each day. It takes an enormous amount of energy and time to run your own business, and entrepreneurs easily over exhaust themselves. If not handled with delicacy, work overload can lead to burnout.

It is important to address and take precautionary measures to avoid burnout because the detriment it can have on your company is often overlooked. After all, you are your own boss. You plan the course of your company. You play by your own rules, so why self destruct when you create the course of action? Do yourself a favor, and do not wait until you are underwater to address burnout. Use these tips to avoid over-exhaustion.

Identifying when you are close to a burn-out

Losing your drive

Entrepreneur.com states, “The typical burnout exhibits in the form of utter and complete exhaustion — when you feel as if you are running on empty and no amount of rest seems to be enough, ever. You lose your drive, your joy, your life force.”

Feeling weighed down

It is important to remember to go easy on ourselves. You can only do so much in a certain amount of time, effectively. If you keep adding tasks to your agenda, tasks that might need your undivided attention won’t get it. Learn to delegate, you are not your own boss, so you can do everything yourself; having your team ease the amount of things on your plate can help tremendously. When you start to feel overwhelmed, that is a key factor in determining that you are on the road to a burnout.

When it affects your health

Whether it is stress or anxiety attacks, dealing with these concerns is important. When you start to notice that you are always anxious or extremely stressed remember that it is not good for your health. Entrepreneur.com weighs in, “Sometimes when a person has never experienced a panic attack before and he or she has one, it may seem like a life-threatening situation that sends the person straight to the ER. Despite the shortness of breath and pain in the chest, the doctors say it was “just an anxiety attack.” Burnout can cause a constant state of anxiety and stress where your senses are on overdrive and you are on a “fight or flight” plane of existence.”

How to avoid and overcome it

Adjust your mindset

By now we know that our minds are extremely powerful in determining outcomes. Forbes.com notes, “Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Long-term success depends on your ability to maintain your stamina—you won’t get far if you sprint out of the gate. Instead, pace yourself, respect your limits, and keep the whole “race” in mind.” Taking small steps at a time is okay because no matter what you are going forward, so tune out the negative committee in your head.

Do more than just work

Yes, our companies are all we think about. We created them. We run them, but it’s important to have a life outside of work. Take a yoga class. Learn something that has always appealed to you. Laugh, rest, hang out. No matter what it is, do what makes you happy and relaxed. This will translate in your mindset towards your work. It gives the reboot that we all need.

Move on from mistakes

Beating yourself up over mistakes made does not lead to anything positive. Learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them. All that is important is that you fix your problems and move on.

Give yourself vacation time

You know you are truly successful when your business can survive without you. If this is true, take a vacation! Amanet.org weighs in, “Give yourself a break. Too many people believe that if they take a break from the rat race of life, they’ll be left behind at work. The opposite is true: If you don’t make time to relax away from work, you will become bitter and unproductive when you are there. Ultimately, you’ll become a victim of burnout. The most productive workers take time to relax—guilt-free.”

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