In her Business Runes system, Agnese Aljēna says “You are your most precious resource.” I understood this on an intellectual level, but it seems that (for me) this is one of those concepts that needs to sink in on multiple levels before you really start to live in a way that supports this understanding.
I’ve written before about how rest is an essential part of the creative cycle and ignoring that leads to burn out. I even mentioned including rest in my post about planning a schedule. But here I am, recovering from burn out once again.
Shifting priorities and new information lead to new projects, and I started doing and thinking about too much at once. I often worked on days when I was supposed to be resting, and looking back now, I see that the rest I did take was nowhere near enough, and merely prolonged the I’m-burnt-out-but-haven’t-fully-realized-it-yet stage.
Why Am I Telling You This?
For one, if you’re going to feel comfortable talking to me about your challenges, you probably want to get to know me better.
Two, I want you to know that everyone struggles. And that it’s ok to struggle. No one is perfect. No matter what you’re going through, you are never the only one.
I also want you to know that sometimes our most valuable lessons come from our biggest struggles. Sometimes the areas we struggle with most are the areas we can help others with most.
I want you to know that growth is an ongoing process, and there may be some lessons you’ll need to learn over and over again. There may also be lessons you think you’re learning over and over again, but really you’re just facing the challenge at a higher level.
And most of all, I hope that by sharing my struggles I can help you avoid struggling with the same thing.
So here are a few things you might find helpful.
A Few Notes On Burn Out And What To Do About It
- Trying to do too much at once and not getting enough rest are common causes of burn out.
- Overwhelm can be a sign of impending burn out and you probably want to sit down and re-evaluate your priorities, timelines, etc. and shift some things around.
- In fact, you may want to go through all of these steps before your overwhelm turns into full force burn out.
- Those are the same steps I recommend when you’re already experiencing burn out, with the addition of rest and even fully taking a break from things if necessary.
- If you’re an entrepreneur, taking good care of yourself is actually a business responsibility.
“without you there is no business.”
– Agnese Aljēna
- No, seriously, TAKE A BREAK.
- If you seem to be stuck in a cycle of excellent productivity followed by burn out, maybe you need to figure out a more sustainable way to work, and maybe you need to figure out how to work with your natural rhythm. Experiment to find out what works for you.
- Once you have recovered, start implementing systems to help you avoid burning out again in the future.
So those are my tips on dealing with burn out. I hope this was helpful for you. If I’d was, I’d love it if you share this article.