Hello, burnout, my old friend…
Ok, ok, in all seriousness, burnout + I are olllllld friends. In fact, I faced burnout multiple times in my life before I even knew what burnout really meant (well, besides the Mean Girls definition of the stoner kids)
So how, as online entrepreneurs, can we take better care of ourselves when we are burnt out?
Because here’s the thing… sometimes we have to experience burnout (maybe even a couple times) before we really WAKE UP and realize that it’s not the sustainable way for us to really be living and running our businesses.
Maybe you just hit your first burnout. Or maybe you know all about burnout and usually do great at avoiding it, but lately, you’ve been pulling lots of extra hours on an exciting new project, and it just happened. So no matter how you got here, I genuinely believe this post has something you need to hear!
Above all else, I need you to know that the gift of a strong mindset practice (which you can fully give to yourself) can help you avoid burnout in the future… after all, your mindset is your most powerful tool as a business owner!
It’s important to know you’re not alone in experiencing this, yes. But it’s even more important for you to accept that you’ve hit burnout and forgive yourself for it.
If you begin mentally beating yourself up over hitting burnout and for not taking better care of yourself, you’re going to continue feeling worse about yourself. Especially if you used to be a perfectionist (or maybe still are), this is going to be a thought that enters your head, and I want you to know you’re not alone in that! But the thing is…
… you’re the best friend you could ever have.
You’re also the only person who could forgive you.
Then heal from there.
Take some time off of social media and instead focus on the core priorities: your well-being, your family, your clients. Anything else can wait.
Social media is not the place to be when you’re feeling burnt out… because social media outlets like Instagram are really good at making it look like everyone is doing more than you… is selling more than you… is succeeding more than you… but let me tell you: that’s not the truth!
When you’re burnt out, your defences are lowered, making you more susceptible to feeling triggered, inferior, or otherwise just plain crappy from social media. So do yourself a favour and give yourself a break!
Instead, reconnect with what makes you feel good. What makes you feel lit up.
I know this is hard, but there’s a reason your body is screaming at you to take a break… so lighten the load energetically. But, of course, some things have to be done, and I’m not here to tell you to drop all your responsibilities! But other than these core responsibilities, I encourage you to focus on 1 essential task a day. Other than that, devote yourself to healing, embodiment and self-study.
When I had my first major burnout, this was something I needed to hear: your worth is never defined by your productivity. This is really tough if you’re a recovering perfectionist, like me, but it’s something you can gift yourself with compassion during burnout: the permission to just be not do.
There’s no time in your life where self-care activities are more important than when you’re burnt out. There’s so much talk about self-care in the online space, but honestly, I don’t think it can be stressed enough.
As entrepreneurs, if you think about it, we could be working wherever, whenever – which is a beautiful thing… but it also means that our businesses can begin to consume us to the point of burnout.
Here are some of my favourite self-care activities. Feel free to try them! But above all else… do what makes YOU feel amazing:
Self Care Ideas:
An alignment routine can be a morning routine, or it can be a simple ritual that you draw on throughout the day. A time of burnout is a great time to really experiment with your alignment ritual or explore new tools and devices you’ve wanted to try!
Think of an alignment routine or ritual as being a giant ‘reset’ button for you that you can press at any moment throughout your day.
If you’re not feeling good, instead of allowing yourself to spiral deeper into that feeling (no judgement, we’ve all been there!), bouncing into your alignment ritual is a great tool to try before packing it in.
Here’s my own ‘reset’ ritual. Feel free to try it!
After I do that reset, I’m usually feeling better and able to continue on with my day!
If I’m not, I may lean deeper into the time and extend the ritual a bit or take a walk and try again. If these still don’t work, I typically call the workday to a close as I’m clearly not in the frame of mind to produce my best!
What’s your reset alignment ritual going to be?
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I’m a mindset coach for creative entrepreneurs and business owners who loves to empower soul-centred creatives to share their powerful stories & gifts by aligning with their intuition and spirit. The ethos behind what I do is to help you get more in tune with your intuition so you can fully shine your light as the gorgeous unique person you are.
I can help you work through imposter syndrome, scarcity mindset, limiting beliefs, self-love and worthiness so that you can grow your creative business in a way that feels oh so good!
As a multi-passionate creative who’s lived + thrived through 20+ years of chronic anxiety, Lauren loves to help fellow creatives identify the magic already within them. Lauren can help you with feelings of comparison, imposter syndrome, scarcity, shame, and other blocks that are standing between you and thriving in your creative business. Lauren’s ultimately here to show you that there’s no one way of doing things… just your way.