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If You’re In Burnout, You Surely Need These Tips

If You’re In Burnout, You Surely Need These Tips

As a busy entrepreneur or professional, you are likely to face burnout at one time or another.

Overwhelm or burnout is a common obstacle that most of us face when building a business, getting things done or reaching for our goals. The more we put on our plate, the heavier it becomes, and it makes it that much more difficult to deal with at times.

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Eventually you hit a wall and you get burnt out. If that’s how you feel right now, these tips are sure to help you break through this plateau and move forward.

1. Slow down

When we’re chasing goal after goal, it’s easy to get caught in a rat race. Once you start feeling that nagging sense of overwhelm come over you, try to stop, breathe, and just slow down. Take it step by step, don’t try doing it all at once.

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2. Review your progress so far to realize how much your work is contributing to the goals

A lot of times when we are burned out, we lose sight of the bigger vision and our goals. We go through the day-to-day tasks and check things off a list without really thinking about how they are affecting our progress toward a bigger purpose. If your main goal is to get your website up and running, spending time on writing your blog posts or guest posts is probably not contributing to that bigger goal. Sure, it is important to do those things but they have to be done in the order that makes sense. Writing blog posts doesn’t help you if your website is still not up and these blog posts have nowhere to live! Focus on the brand strategy and working with your web designer instead. Step by step, in the right order.

3. Speak to people who have done it before

Whenever you feel overwhelmed you might start realizing that some nasty thoughts begin running through your mind. Perhaps you don’t think you’ve got it in you. Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to do next. If this sounds true for you, talking to someone who has been there before will help. Find a mentor that has gone through the process before to help guide you through it. If you’re struggling with your marketing or business plan, consider hiring a business coach (that’s me!) or strategist. You don’t have to go at it alone.

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4. Take many small steps

Once you’ve slowed down and got your plan written out for your vision, start taking small steps. Don’t bite off a bigger piece than you can chew – slow down and divide the milestone goals into smaller goals. From there, break them down even further. Checking things off more frequently will get you the momentum you need to continue moving in the right direction.

5. Focus on the bigger vision

Again, if you’re doing something ambiguous, ask yourself how that task is contributing to the bigger vision. Better yet, ask yourself “What IS the vision anyway?” – allow yourself to daydream a little bit. This is something you can do with a coach as well as they know exactly the right questions to ask that are inquisitive but also extremely motivating. Just revising that vision is a great first step to gaining momentum once again.

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6. Do a brain dump

If you have so much going on in your head that you don’t even know where to start, I recommend doing a brain dump. Simply take a piece of paper and start writing. Write everything that’s in your head, every single thing that comes into your mind. After a couple of minutes (or hours) you’ll have dumped it all on paper and you’ll feel more clear-headed and ready to pick and choose the activities that make the most sense for you at that moment.

7. Prioritize your goals to gain momentum

When you have your biggest vision in mind with a written goal in mind, make sure your milestones and smaller goals are prioritized well. If you know you really have to get your marketing plan ready but you really despise marketing, think whether there are any other things you can do right now instead that will also move you forward. Do what feels better first so then that feeling of momentum will expand into the other areas you have to focus on eventually as well.

Featured photo credit: puck90 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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