Running a business requires some serious dedication, but that dedication can sometimes lead to burnout. Burnout is more than just feeling a little stressed. It’s a state of prolonged stress that can lead to some significant mental and physical drawbacks. Avoid burnout by practicing these relaxation techniques.
1. Unplug from your devices
When you’re in charge, the notifications on your phone and computer are constantly going off with emails, texts, calls, and calendar reminders. Help your brain and body unwind by completely shutting your devices down for the night. If you can’t go that long without checking in, at least unplug for an hour or so every day.
2. Exercise and eat right
Burnout can cause some serious health conditions, like high blood pressure and chronic migraines. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help combat some of these problems. Try to work out at least 30 minutes, five times per week. Eat plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables, and stay hydrated by drinking enough water.
3. Spend time with those you love
Nothing soothes the soul like quality time spent with loved ones. Read to your children in the evening. Enjoy a nice meal with your significant other. Check in with your friends on a Zoom call. Surround yourself with those who calm and support you, not who add more stress to your life.
4. Get outside
Fresh air can do wonders for the mind and body. A little vitamin D is proven to boost your mood and energy- something that’s even more important if you’re constantly cooped up inside working. Try to get outside for at least 30 minutes every day. If you live in a climate where it’s cold and cloudy several months out of the year, consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet.
5. Try something new
Experimenting with something new can get those creative juices flowing. Entrepreneurs need to be thinking of new ideas, and what better way to achieve that than by trying a new activity like a rock climbing, taking a cooking class, or picking up an interesting hobby like photography.
Burnout is real, but it can be avoided if you follow these practical tips!