Can I be totally honest with you? I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a number of months now. Even though I know that I have to be intentional with time for rest and rejuvenation, there just hasn’t been much time left over after my family and business responsibilities and I’m starting to feel it.
Even though it’s been really busy, what I know for sure is that even small pockets of time doing things that bring me joy and happiness is important to avoid burnout. Things like…
- Walking in the woods listening to nature
- Time alone with Mike (#nophones)
- A nap
- Motorcycling (this is where I can really zone out)
Let’s face it, life goes in cycles and right now I’m in a very demanding and emotionally driven cycle.
That’s why Kathleen and I thought it was important to bring back an episode that we recorded for The Wellness Business Podcast called: How to Avoid (or Bounce Back From) Burnout.
DO HEALTH COACHES EXPERIENCE BURNOUT?
A few months back, I was chatting with a coach about burnout in my Facebook Group, Health Coach Client Attraction, and she said something that kinda took my breath away. I had to let it settle in my heart for a few minutes because it really resonated with me. She said, “I truly believe burn out for health coaches is more prevalent than we talk about.”
Kind of a gut punch, right?
Why do you suppose that is?
More than anything Kathleen and I think it’s likely due to the type of people, women mostly, that are drawn to a career as a health coach.
Think about it, health coaches are inherently the most thoughtful, compassionate, loving people on the planet. Those traits often come with a layer of self-sacrifice. That self-sacrifice often looks like a lack of self-care or time off, a pattern of taking care of everyone else and not yourself, eating on the run, and the list goes on.
AVOID (OR BOUNCE BACK FROM) BURNOUT WITH THESE 5 STRATEGIES
My goal is to give you 5 strategies that you can deploy in your own life to avoid burnout altogether. And if you’re someone that feels like you’re in the midst of a burnout experience right now, these strategies will help you recover much more quickly.
1) Be relentless with scheduled time off. Even 30 minutes of intentional downtime can do a world of good for your mindset.
2) Outsource the tasks that are taking up your time and that someone else could do for you (a/k/a – almost everything that isn’t client-facing). Check out my free Outsource Like a Pro Guide to get started.
3) Be intentional with what you say yes to and more importantly what you say no to.
4) Don’t try to keep up with, or compare yourself to, others because this is a recipe for disaster. You never know what is going on behind the scenes in someone else’s life.
5) Build in boundaries and be intentional with what you allow to be in your life.
- What PROBLEM do you help people solve?
- WHO are you solving it for?
- What transformation is expected (if they do the work)?
- What is the PROCESS that they take to get there?
SUGGESTIONS TO AVOID BURNOUT
We are bringing back this popular episode because it’s something almost every business owner will deal with at some point or another. We aren’t just business owners…. we’re wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and the list goes on and on.
The demand for our time and attention can be strong which means the struggle is real when you’re dealing with everything else going on in your life PLUS building a business.
Kathleen and I have both hit burnout before, so we have learned the hard way what NOT to do so we can avoid having it happen again.
We’re sharing our personal experiences and best strategies to help you avoid or recover from burnout, including:
- How to schedule time off without feeling guilty
- Ideas for what to outsource and take off of your plate
- How to set boundaries that leave you feeling empowered and balanced
- To not fall into the comparison trap, (because this is a slippery slope)
- And much more
Tune in to episode 223 of The Wellness Business Podcast to discover how to manage your life and your business without burning the candle at both ends.
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