If you are an entrepreneur, you know that it takes a significant time investment to get your business off the ground and turning a profit. But, when your body reaches its limit, you are no good to yourself, your family or your customers.
The term is “burnout” and I am sure we have all felt it at least once or twice, some more intensely than others. It’s that uncontrollable state that occurs when we can no longer keep the brain synapses firing, the body physically moving forward, the morale on a high note or the world making sense. No matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to work.
Everyone needs a break to regroup. Just because you are a parent, a child, an entrepreneur, a leader ,caregiver or a BOSS doesn’t mean that you are expected to run continuously without stopping. Society praises those who seem to have boundless energy, but you might want to ask yourself how they are achieving it without investing in downtime.
Because of the physical dangers of high stress levels, you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking time out for yourself. Everyone needs it. You can learn to work out your downtime together as a family so that the benefits are felt by the entire group and all are rejuvenated to keep going for yet another day.
Here’s another thought. When you are at your best then you can do your best for others. If you are the type of person who is dedicated to their work, their families and their community, all of these entities will reap the rewards of a well-spent break.
WAYS TO NURTURE YOURSELF-Physically
We are more than the sum of our parts but by tending to each part, you have a stronger whole person. So, let’s begin with the obvious – the physical body. We often notice that something is wrong with us only when our bodies start to fail. By then, many changes have occurred inside of us, in our minds and in our interactions with others.
Here are some of the many ways that you can physically give your body a break.
Exercise– Yes, exercise has many uses and one of the most important is to keep your physical body in shape. When you are strong, you can handle many more challenges than when your body is feeling tired and weak. Also, blood flow and oxygen production increase so that you can think more clearly and focus on solving problems or sparking your creativity. And, you don’t have to engage in high impact aerobics. Walking is one of the best overall exercises and it can be done in any weather and without a gym membership.
Take in a Spa Treatment – How about a steam or dry sauna treatment? Even a massage can remove the tension in your muscles and help eliminate the build-up of toxins in the body. Make a regular monthly or weekly appointment for a treatment that can aid the removal of stress from your body.
Go Have a Soak – Most of us love showers because they are quick and we can get going faster, but there are many benefits sitting in a hot bath. Add some aromatherapy oils and your favorite bubble bath. Light a few candles and play soft music. Drift away to any place in the world that you want to be at that moment. Even twenty minutes alone can soak away the troubles of each day enough to help you cope.
Get Some Decent Shut-Eye– Regular sleep is soooo important. Most of us shorten our sleep time in favor of getting more work done. That might seem like a good idea on the front end, but you can never catch up on all the sleep you miss pulling all-nighters. It may take a bit of doing, but you can create a routine that will help you achieve eight hours or more of rest each night. Even with your busy schedule you can fit it in.
Detoxify – The body can become so filled with toxins from the environment, stress and the food we eat that we experience physical ailments like stomach upset, gallbladder attacks, respiratory problems and bowel trouble. Take a hard look at what you are consuming and consider changing your diet. Eliminate fast food, alcohol, soft drinks, and any other processed foods containing chemicals the body wasn’t made to utilize efficiently. Get back to a natural diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and water. You will be surprised how good your feel when you put healthy food into your body.
Take a Yoga Class – Yoga seems like a flimsy excuse for exercise but it has many physical benefits. You learn to stretch your muscles so that they become stronger and more pliable, preventing injury. The body is pulled in many different ways that you are not used to so that you can gain better control over it. It’s also relaxing and teaches us to center ourselves for better clarity of mind. Many yoga studios have beginner classes or even trial periods that allow you to try a couple of classes for free. It’s a great way to treat yourself right.
How about you? How do you avoid burn-out?