Taking Care of Yourself & Avoiding Burnout
For today’s professional, burnout is a major threat to their success and well-being. Our lives can quickly fall out of alignment with our core values, leading to mental, emotional, and physical fatigue. In more severe cases, burnout contributes to health problems that have lasting effects on yourself and your family. By adopting new perspectives and beliefs around work, and using proven tips to create balance in your life, it is completely possible to avoid burnout while staying healthy, motivated, and profitable in your career. “The problem with work/life balance is that you’re always trading off one thing for another.” - Blake Schofield (2:29-2:33) Many women quickly discover that the responsibility they feel towards their careers means that work becomes a primary focal point in their lives, which can create loss of their sense of fulfillment & the feeling like they’re on a never-ending hamster wheel. Avoiding burnout comes down to ideas and beliefs around work.
Create a Life of Harmony and Align Your Work With What’s Meaningful The following are the four areas to consider in order to avoid burnout:
Clarity of purpose
Realigning your activities is critical to your success in the long run. Making decisions based on guilt or thinking that putting others before yourself makes you a great mom or wife are signs that your life may not be aligned with your core values. “Avoiding burnout comes from accountability and taking responsibility. Build the right habits and challenge the misbelief that you’re not worth time for yourself...because you are.” - Blake Schofield (32:12-32:34) Giving yourself a break is the greatest gift you can give to those you love. But the only person who can make the necessary changes in your life is you. Below are some essential steps to creating a life that’s in harmony. Self-Care. Ask yourself what beliefs have kept you from giving yourself the care that supports your well-being. Identify the things that excite and challenge you, and organize your time to prioritize them. Have at least two self-care rituals you can do on a weekly basis. Assess the state of the spiritual, creative, social, and mental aspects of your life so you can build them up. Boundaries. Where are you taking on more responsibilities than you should be? If you see that some areas of your life are being sacrificed for others, find out why. Identify the fears and worries causing you to take on unnecessary responsibilities. Create boundaries that allow you to meet your own needs while meeting the needs of those who rely on you. Clarity of Purpose. Are your activities aligned with its values and mission? Does your business support your family and other relationships? When you get clear on your purpose, you can eliminate the things that aren’t aligned with your values. You’ll avoid spending time on things that don’t support your personal and professional goals. Consistent Habits. Break down your schedule. Do you start your day in a rush and struggle to get your priorities in during the day? Are evenings occupied with responsibilities at home? When you see how your spending your time, you can repurpose it and do more of the things that are meaningful to you. Track your progress over time and look back on the things you accomplished. Set short-term goals to keep you moving forward while keeping your activities in balance with your needs. High Performers often expect things to be perfect... but the reality is that there is no such thing as perfect. Avoiding burnout requires you to be accountable to yourself and take responsibility for what you create each day. Challenge misleading beliefs and build new habits and behaviors so you create a business, family, and life that are in harmony with your values. How to Get Involved If you would like some help to figure out what could be next for you, schedule a free strategy call today. You can get access to valuable resources and training by joining Blake's free facebook group here.