Business Burnout! Look for these Signs…

Business Burnout is a very real problem, especially for solo-preneurs. Even though partnerships can have their ups and downs, at least you have someone to handle some of the stress and responsibility. Solo-preneurs are by themselves and feel the entire weight of their success on their lone shoulders. This large responsibility often leads these business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening at home with their families. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?

No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing. Let’s talk about the 5 signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.

  1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will get disrupted, leaving you overtired, lacking energy, and lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.
  2. Procrastination. Do you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks once excite you but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.
  3. Tired or Fatigued. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. Certainly, you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day.

At some point your body will want to give up, causing severe fatigue and other possible illnesses that will keep you out of your business.

  1. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items.
  2. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.

Think about this: as a solopreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it? Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. And, we don’t want that to happen!

Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby.

I discovered amazing changes in my own business and my mindset, once I started taking care of myself and living my life for me, not just my business.

I have lots of ideas for your Self-care and how to streamline your business. Join me every day this week, October 8-12 at 3 pm ET for the Facebook Live-inar in the Be Boldly Brilliant Facebook group.

Join us here: https://Facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant

There are so many choices for Self-Care. Let’s share them. Join the 5 Day Self-Care Challenge! Post a text, an image, a video or a Facebook Live of your Self-Care for the day. Post each day and be in the random drawing for a $20. Amazon gift card.

Do you know friends who need some TLC and Self-Care? Invite them to join us in the Challenge. https://Facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant

 

The Importance of Routines for Success!

It is so important to have routines for your business and your life, if you want easy success.

Have you noticed that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day? You’re too tired to figure out what to have for dinner or what to watch on TV. That’s because, we all have a finite amount of decisions that we can make in any one day. Routines can help!

Knowing that helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing routines. That way we save our decision making for the important stuff. It also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking. Routines are a great strategy. Routines help simplify our lives. A lot of our daily stress is reduced with routines.

Chances are you already have a morning routine. You get up, you stretch, get your coffee or check email. Maybe you have a high protein shake before heading into the shower. Let’s expand on that.

If you create a “uniform” for yourself or plan your outfits a week in advance, you don’t even have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt, or a skirt, tights and sweater and off you go. Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook is notorious for wearing the same t-shirt and jeans every day.

Implement some routines into your workday wherever possible. Meal planning helps you figure out what meals to fix and eat. A cleaning schedule makes sure you stay on track with your household chores without you having to spend any valuable decision-making skills in the process.

Wrap your day up with a bedtime routine that not only helps when you’re too tired to make smart choices, it also helps you fall asleep more easily. What works for your toddler works for you as well. Create your own sleep routine.

Come up with a few calming things that help you slow down and get ready for sleep. Read a book, listen to some music or wind down with a cup of herbal tea.

Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines. Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new routines.

Spending a little bit of time creating routines will make your day run a lot smoother. You might just find yourself less stressed and get more done during your productive hours. And that’s a wonderful thing. It allows you to save plenty of decision making for the fun stuff like figuring out what hike to go on, what movie to watch or what card game to play.

Find out more ways to streamline your life and be more productive. Join us at https://facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant for lots of collective group ideas and inspirations.

 

Day 8…Self-Care in a Stressed Out World

Confession time. I skipped a few days in the blogging of the 21 Day Self-Care Sensation Celebration and Challenge! A few days that were too full with work, care of elderly father, visit by son and daughter-in-law and making a home of my week old apartment by unpacking the stacked, ceiling high boxes. Even so, I did practice my self-care! I ate cake! And, we all know stressed is desserts spelled backwards. I wasn't really stressed. No stress, just day to day busyness.

Real stress is below.

Yesterday was the 6 month anniversary of the senseless killings at Sandy Hook Elementary. The NSA reads my emails. Fires raging in Colorado. We live in a stressed out world. How we make peace in this madness is the purpose of Self-Care. How do we stay present, alive in our skin with compassion for all, including ourselves?

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” Quote by Steve Maraboli

We start with that most powerful relationship, the one with our self. By practicing self-care, we bring peace to us, peace to the people in our lives (who want us to be fully there for them, not half empty) and peace to our world.

What will you do for Self-Care today? For me, I plan to play pool (the ball and cue kind, Billiards, Snooker).

 

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Day 3 Walking by the Water Soothes me…

21 Day Self-Care Sensation Celebration and Challenge!

Day 3: Walking by the water always soothes me.

Today, I am considering what self-care means to me. What is the definition of self-care?

There is no widely accepted, single definition of self-care. The Dictionary simply says “care for oneself: self treatment”. We have come to know self-care as much more than that. Many groups try to define self-care from Wikipedia to the NIH; there are a lot of definitions. All of which are very different.

For me, self-care is whatever we want it to be. We know what our bodies, minds and spirit need to feel comforted and soothed.

We know what feels good.

Many years ago, I wrote a Master’s thesis in Counseling Psychology entitled “Burn-out in the Helping Professions”. It was about healing the healers. Many healers (therapists, nurses, doctors, EMTs and clergy) suffer from burn-out or stress. We know stress causes depression, substance abuse, health problems and relationship problems to name a few.

I was working in a Thanatology unit in Los Angeles (very high levels of stress) and we created a “Scream” closet where the nurses could go in and just “Scream” to let out their frustration, grief and other emotions. Self-care can take many forms, not just a manicure.

We care for the body with healthy foods and exercise.

We care for the mind with meditation, music, prayer, writing and laughter.

We care for our spirit with art, connecting with others, being in love, staying positive and staying present.

What’s your definition of self-care?

Only YOU can know what soothes you.

Only YOU can know what relieves your stress.

 

Quote by Deborah Day

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”