Hey Mompreneur, you know what is so rarely spoken about?  The fact that Business Burnout Is Real! The mompreneur life is a busy one, a stressful one, one that has tens of thousands of things that needs to be accomplished all while raising tiny intelligent, well mannered, and productive members of society. I have no doubt that you are caring for your home, you make the appointments, then you run the errands, you tend to your spouse, and you care for all those around you. You have very little time to yourself or to check in on your own sanity. But then you run your own business on top of all of that. With all of that something is liable to make you crack which is why I want to be very blunt, Business Burnout Is Real!

I mean, I don’t know what you’re doing right now while you’re reading this but as I’m typing this  I’m sitting here at my desk. My kid is at the corner of my desk while we finish up today’s homeschool lesson.  We are watching out my office window for the in-laws to show up for a morning play time lunch date combo. But before sitting down to type I finished cleaning up the kitchen, started a load of laundry, made us all breakfast, we powered through 3 of our 4 school lessons for today, and did I mention it’s only 9am.

Shew, are you tired reading that?

I’m positive you can relate to the everyday things and THEN you’re running your business. Eventually something gives and as a mompreneur we typically put our own activities on the back burner. Sometimes that means self care, maybe a shower, or oftentimes it means putting our business work on the back burner to get all the other “stuff” done.  When we put our work off long enough we get anxious because we “should” be working. So we force ourselves to “catch up” and then we burnout.  Again, Business Burnout Is Real but there are ways you can help alleviate it when it happens!

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    Here’s the thing, there are things you can do to help move past the burnout stage when it occurs.

    1. Take breaks

    I know this might kill you emotionally at first to think about.  You’re already beating yourself up because XYZ still hasn’t been done. BUT if you sit and stare at the screen or scroll aimlessly you won’t be getting anything done either. So, do yourself a favor, close your laptop/tablet/etc and walk away. Go clean something, cleaning always puts me in a more productive mood.  Pause and have a glass of wine, take a bubble bath, read some chapters of your current book. Maybe take the kiddos out somewhere fun, lunch/park/movie, so that you can all spend time together and you can get your mind off work. 

    Taking a break gives your mind time to wrap around whatever it is you’re working through.  By stopping and coming back to it you have a full fresh slate to work with; yes your mind. We are moms, are moms are on 24/7 whether we want to admit it or not. When it comes to work sometimes we find our minds are even more sketchy.  Taking that pause when you are feeling that immense burn out can reset your mind in a positive way and allows you to come back refreshed and ready to go! 

    Confession time…

    As I was trying to write this blog, that actually ended up taking me like 2 weeks to fully write, I took dozens of breaks. Like, the example I shared in the first section, yea that was totally last weeks example 🤷🏼‍♀️. Normally I am a quick writer. I write in my planner that I’m going to knock out 4 blogs in a work session and I simply sit down and do it. But for some reason, as I was trying to share my “best tips” for getting past the burn out, I found myself realizing just how burnt out I was myself.  Funny right 😂 Hey, even those of us who “appear” to have it “all together” lose our minds now and again. 

    I honestly couldn’t get my head around sharing the “tips” or honestly laying it all out on the table with you. BUT I have always been 100% transparent with you and finally realized this can be no different. As I finish up this particular post I am actually “hiding” in my kids school room with a glass of wine and trashy 90’s gangster rap music blaring in my headphones.  Hey, this is a no judgement zone/blog/website!  You’ll be there someday 😉

    2. Put away your devices

    When the burn out feeling strikes us we tend to lean into our technology and our social media platforms more because we are desperate for inspiration to strike us. Instead all we find are others being successful, sharing their wins, seeing the latest XYZ in someone else’s life. All that will do is stress you out more and cause you to waste even more time.  You’ll waste valuable work time, but then you’ll say “I still have work to do” when it’s kiddo time and you’ll still be spinning your wheels. Turn off the computer, put down the phone, walk away from your desk space and distract yourself.  

    This somewhat goes hand in hand with the first time of taking a break. But taking a break and then taking a break from your tech can be separate. Taking a break above may mean you’re binging some of your favorite shows on your device. But here I’m saying go be entirely device free. Let your eyes rest, your mind step away from the glow of the screen, and just relax. Allowing your mind time away from the beautiful glow of a screen helps your mind fully rest and reset.

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      3.  Brain dump your ideas

      Sometimes we have so much spiraling around in our minds and we’re trying to do it all at once which leads to us doing nothing and feeling stressed about it all. When you are feeling that overwhelming pressure from “it all” I want you to dump everything out of your mind onto paper. Everything that you feel like you need to accomplish needs to be written down. I’m sure you’ll find this list ends up being quite long and that’s ok.  What this is doing is taking it out of your overloaded brain and putting in a place where you can create a checklist.  Once it’s all down on paper you can order the tasks according to due date or importance.  Then, in an organized way, you can tackle one task at a time.  The overwhelm will be out of your head and down on paper in an organized fashion.

      4. Grab a coffee

      You’re a mom, you survive on coffee. Sometimes your brain isn’t working because it needs that nice warm drink that gives you de energy. I rarely have to say this, but if you’re not a coffee person then go grab a tea, water, fresh pressed juice, a glass of wine, fill in the blank,  The principle behind the “go grab coffee” is the same.  Stepping away from your tasks to provide your body with the beverage it needs to help you refocus and get back to the grind is necessary sometimes.

      5. Take the day off

      Again, similar to taking a break, put down your device, here I’m saying take the WHOLE day off.  YES, the WHOLE day.  This point absolutely warranted capitalization because we, as moms, are the WORST of hearing this suggestion. I actually had a client two weeks ago who was super stressed. She was doing all the things, and well, and still feeling stressed. She asked for her “homework” assignment from me.  Yes I give homework to my 1:1 clients to help them take the necessary steps forward. But instead of giving her homework I simply said “You’re homework is to take the ENTIRE weekend off and enjoy your family”.  

      I honestly thought she was going to need the ACME company to come and help her roll her jaw up from the floor. But she was hustling hard, she’s in a launch, and she was doing all the things she needed and was feeling the stress that comes with a GOOD first launch. Instead of loading her down and having her exhausted for her live training on the following monday I simply told her to spend time with her family.  Which she did and had an immensely relaxing weekend with her family picking apples and making apple related foods.  She showed up Monday, happy, bubbly even, and ready to tackle everything with an upbeat spirit.

      There are times where we seriously need to just take a whole day away from our businesses in order to be 100% there for our businesses. 

      Now, taking a day or two off should make or break your business if your systems are set up properly.  You taking a few days off should mean that your business is running itself while you’re gone.  If it’s not you and I should jump on a free call to talk about how you can get your business to work for you, rather than you working for your business. But a day or two off can do amazing things for the mind and soul.  It gives you a whole new level of calm to jump back in full steam ahead in your business.

      That’s it, that’s what i’ve got for you today.  While this may have taken me way too long to type up and send off for posting here you have it. Business Burnout Is Real and needing to take breaks and step away from your business is natural. While we are seen as wonder women we are still humans at some level. I promise, when you’re stressed out and feeling burnt out in your business, giving one or multiples of these options can be a sanity saver! 

      Which one(s) of these tips will you be using in the near future? Which ones have you already tried and found helpful?

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