Stress Management: 7 Tips to Avoid Burnout

Discover the 7 tips to avoid burnout and improve your stress management skills.

Stress is not the enemy believe it or not. It is our inability to prepare for it and recover from it that really lead us to burnout. The art to stress management is to plan, prepare and practice well we set ourselves up for high levels of stress.

First, let us look at 3 common causes of burnout

1. Overload

This happens when a business owner works to the point of physical and mental exhaustion. These personality types run the scarcity pattern by put too much on their plate but then realise they cannot digest it all.

2. Lack of growth and development

This happens when a business owner is doing repetitive and mindless tasks that no longer stimulate them which leads to boredom.

3. Lack of coordination and effective systems

This happens when a business is poorly managed, they may have the systems but are not using them consistently and this leads to overwhelming.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay calm as these stress management skills will help you regain your self- confidence, business performance and increase sales.

The 7 Tips to Avoid Burnout

1. Tackle the root, not the trunk

Manage your emotions and get rational. It’s easy to overreact and act out of impulse but being irrational is never an option in critical circumstances. Take time to reflect and discover the main cause of your discomfort so you can tackle the one big unfamiliar task that is blocking the road to progress.

2. Practice saying no to others and yes to self

Say no when the things on your plate are piling up. To much work leads to the build-up of stress which can only fan the flames for burnout. The chances of errors and missed deadlines increase which can only compound the problem. Work smarter not harder!

3. Take short breaks often and vacations

Research has shown that taking a 15-minute break for every 2 hours of focused work boosts one’s productivity. Whether it’s meditation, a nap or a short walk, clearing the mind is necessary for fresh ideas to replenish. An afternoon Nana nap works a treat for me. Take vacations when necessary and use it as a time to recharge and regain your mental clarity. Rest and rejuvenation should be part of your business plan. Think like an elite athlete!

4. Stop being a control freak

Trying to control everything can lead to exhaustion and these, in turn, can lead to a lack of stress management. Avoid having a perfectionistic outlook and learn to appreciate the work and effort you have put into a project.

5. Break huge tasks to pieces

If it’s a long and complicated project, break it down and organise it in achievable steps so you can tackle them one by one. Consider asking for help when these tasks become too much for you to handle on your own. Delegation is the name of the game!

6. Track your progress

Keep a record of the things that you’ve accomplished daily or weekly. It will give you a sense of fulfilment and direction.  The records serve as the basis for you to compare and improve your business performance.

7. Take care of your health

Eating good nutrition, exercising daily and engaging in community activities is definitely the top tip for stress management. Remember our health is core to peak performance. Don’t take it for granted. Success in business is not about being money rich and fitness poor!

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