If you’re an entrepreneur or solo-preneur, you’re no stranger to burnout. How do you overcome it when it hits?
I clearly remember my first encounter with burnout. It was a sunny Miami day, and I realized I’d been indoors for hours working on my monthly content planning. It honestly looked more like cave drawings than a cohesive content map. In my second hour of getting absolutely nothing done, I texted my husband and said:
“I don’t think I’m cut out for this. I feel like such a fraud! I either need to go back to school or figure something out, because this isn’t working!!!!” (Insert some teary-eyed emojis.)
That was the first wall-hitting, exhausted, uninspired moment in my 15 years of entrepreneurship. I’d been pulling late nights working on my new program: the funnels, the content, the launch systems, and all the things that come with the online business world. I wasn’t really eating right, my sleep was interrupted by ideas and to-do lists… and my yoga practice- my passion- had fallen to the wayside.
Can you relate to this?
According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology, the definition of burnout is “physical, emotional or mental exhaustion, accompanied by decreased motivation, lowered performance and negative attitudes towards oneself and others.”
You’ve probably experienced burnout when something didn’t go as planned. Your program launch didn’t make those coveted 5-figure sales. The size of your email list shrinks with every email marketing newsletter you send, and you’ve grown it by a few in comparison. Your social media following isn’t doing what all your hard work and effort says it should be doing.
Burnout is real, but there are ways to overcome it!
First, how can you tell if you’re experiencing burnout, let alone overcome it? I have personally struggled with this because of my action-centered personality. I typically push through bouts of “not feeling it.”
But let’s identify some feelings that commonly come up in burnout:
There’s no real trick here-- everyone is different, and different approaches work best from person to person. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, here are some of my strategies that might help you too!
Get the energy moving in your body, mind, and soul-- burnout doesn’t get the final say.
Motivation is a living, breathing entity that’s within the hearts of most entrepreneurs who are passionate about what they do. It’s not something that you can create, but instead something that you can attain!