If you have ever found yourself working way too hard for way too long, you have most likely found yourself in the place of burnout. Which is why this week on The Gutsy Podcast, we are going to talk about common burnout signs, why we do those things, and how to overcome them.
It is so easy to run yourself into the ground. You feel like if you don’t work day and night you’re going to lose control of something, or you’re going to lose an opportunity, or maybe you’re having a hard time delegating and feel like you have to be the one to do all of these things all of the time. The truth is – burnout is self-inflicted. It’s the result of working way too hard for way too long without taking necessary breaks or refilling the tank you have depleted over the last day, month, week, or year.
Now, I’m just as guilty as the next person for burning out. But I’ve also really started to learn that I don’t have to do that to myself in order for my business and my team to be successful. And as with most scenarios, I had to learn the hard way to really put that concept of self-care into place.
Back in 2017, AJ and I were celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary. And to do that we booked a trip to Jamaica. We were so excited about this trip. It was going to be the first trip that we had taken together in about three years. The original trip was booked for June, but prior to that the beginning of the year started some really kind of downward stressful events in my life. I began working around the clock nonstop, checking email morning, noon, and night, feeling like I had to fulfill 10 different roles and if I didn’t do everything that all the balls were going to drop.
I became so stressed out, and I felt like I could keep control of everything if I just kept myself busy all of the time. And not long before our trip, we went through a rather large restructuring of our team and I reabsorbed a lot of the different roles and responsibilities that previous people had. So take an already kind of stressed and burnt-out person and add 10x more responsibilities on top of that – you equate to a pretty solid case of burnout. (Continue Reading)