Entrepreneurs have many stressors to their health. The time consumption, long hours on the computer, and managing a business can wear on you. This is a topic that is close to my heart, as I experienced burnout in my early twenties. It was during and after college before I even became an online entrepreneur, but it made me understand the risk.
I do not want to go on and on about my personal story, but the gist of it is that I was diagnosed with everything from fibromyalgia, coming with chronic fatigue syndrome, to gastroparesis to depression. One exasperated the other causing a downward spiral to my health and bank account with the mounting hospital bills. A life and diagnosis I would wish upon no one! The downstairs apartment I was in at the time had a bedroom right next to the bathroom on a very short hallway. Yet, there I was, a young twenty-something spring chicken, and I couldn’t even make it from bed to bath without sitting in the hallway to rest upon the short commute. I sat down to brush my teeth since my legs didn’t want to hold me up the whole 60 seconds it took. I remember checking out customers, at my store job, by leaning on the counter for support so no one would know how weak and dizzy I felt. It was not fun and it took quite the journey, expense, dedication, and massive amounts of nutrients and supplements to recover.
I don’t talk about it often because, quite frankly, I don’t like to go back there! The great point of this story is that I did recover and though I still have minor issues from time to time, I understand my body better now.
Virtual CEO and Entrepreneur, Chris Ducker, has also experienced burnout. As with many things, prevention is far better than recovery and Chris has some great tips for us…
How to Avoid Burnout As An Entrepreneur
- “Entrepreneurship is a long game.” Long-term success depends on your stamina. Learn to pace yourself. Listen to and respect your body.
- Understand that small steps do create your progress. It is ok if the future path is a little unclear. Be persistent, but break projects down into smaller goals.
- Prioritize what you do best and delegate the rest.
- Set strong boundaries between work and non-work mode. Set and honor a clock out time and turn off those notifications.
- Indulge. Include pleasurable activities in your work day. You get bonus points for going outside!
- Take time off. True, legitimate downtime. (Remember: This is not an indulgence. This is a necessity for your health and your family.
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I’ll be honest, taking these steps is still hard for me. I have to remind myself to prioritize my health often. It’s something we have to dedicate ourselves to daily. But, avoiding burnout is worth it!
Do you struggle with this? Have any tips? Let’s have a conversation in the comments! Remember that your stories and comments may greatly help someone else in our freelance/entrepreneurial community.
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