burn·out : exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
Burnout in small business is incredibly hard to deal with, especially if you run your business on your own.
Some signs of burnout include: fatigue, feeling irritable, lacking motivation and/or creativity, and weakened emotions.
When I'm feeling burnout, I tend to detach myself from everything (business related or not). Is that healthy? Absolutely not, but I know there are many others like me.
I wanted to give you a few simple tips on how to get yourself out of the burnout funk and avoid it in the future.
1. Schedule Relaxation
This sounds so silly, but honestly... when is the last time you scheduled time out of your day to just relax? Notifications off. Family away. You, relaxing... alone. It's been awhile, huh? When I don't schedule this time, my mind still tries to focus on a million other things, instead of just myself. Scheduling this time instead of doing it randomly throughout your week will likely make you not feel as guilty, will make you more likely to do actually do it, and it will be something to look forward to.
2. Lean On Your Support System
Whether it is your family, a neighbor, or a friend you met online, your pets... go to them. You are not a burden. Vent. Cry. Scream. Let it out.
3. Do Something Fun
Schedule a night out with your spouse, go to the zoo with your kids, go plant shopping by yourself. Do something you love, something that is fun, and something that will make you smile. Even if it is in the middle of a work week, even if you have so many things that need to be taken care of at the office or at home... make sure you are taking time to enjoy the little things.
4. Reward Yourself
Go get a coffee. Buy a new book. Go to the pool. Take a trip. Set a goal (big or small) and reward yourself hen you have completed it. You are worthy of celebrating you and your successes.
5. Get Organized
Reorganizing my office and doing a deep clean of it always helps me feel refreshed, more creative, and less burnt out. Start with a trash bag... clean up all the trash and items that are no longer serving you and your business. Get another bag and donate items that are no longer serving a purpose. Then, wipe down all the surfaces, clean the floors. Organize all the doom piles of screen prints, stickers, packaging, t-shirts, tumblers. Destash items. A few blogs back, we talked a little about organization and a lot about productivity. You can find that blog post here.
Running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be super stressful. Dealing with the stress is sometimes too much for one human (and that's okay to admit). For your business to continue and not fail due to burnout, it needs you to know the signs and how to be better when you aren't feeling the best version of yourself.
Remember to take care of yourself and I'm rooting for you!