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Feeling Burnt Out? 5 Ways to Re-energize and Refocus

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Entrepreneurs work hard. They hustle, work long hours, and their brains are always running…Does this sound familiar to you? All of this is great – that is, until you start to lose steam and feel the effects of burnout.

You see, you can only keep burning both ends of the candle for so long until you “burn out”. That’s when you start to suffer effects like chronic fatigue, angry outbursts, insomnia, anxiety, apathy, poor productivity, and more.

Once you go down the burnout road, you need to turn things around quickly. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a negative downward spiral. So, how do you reverse the effects of burnout, re-energize and refocus?

Here are 5 ways to re-energize and refocus when you’re feeling burnt out:

1. Learn the “Power of No”

Saying “Yes!” to opportunities too often can be a bad thing. You end up with too much on your plate, and a feeling of overwhelm. Often times, it’s far better to say “No.”

You don’t need to go to lunch with every person who wants to “pick your brain.” You don’t need to take the opportunity that will give you some quick cash but cause you to stray away from your long-term vision.

When confronted with new opportunities, ask yourself, “Is this going to drain me of energy? Will this opportunity support me on my vision?” If the answer is “no”, then your answer should be “no!”

“Say no to everything, so you can say yes to the one thing.” – Richie Norton

2. Create a Healthy Eating Habit

There’s a reason for the expression, “You are what you eat.” If you constantly put junk in your body, you’re going to feel like junk. You’ll deplete your energy, develop brain fog, and have trouble sleeping at night.

The simple act of eating healthy can make you feel great and reverse the effects of burnout. Here are some healthy eating tips you can put into practice:

  • Cook at home, and eat out at restaurants less than twice a week (restaurants cook with unhealthy oils and meats – yes, even so-called “healthy” restaurants)
  • Stick to healthy foods like vegetables and grass-fed meats.
  • Cut out the junk food snacks like potato chips, cookies, etc.
  • Avoid eating within 3-4 hours of going to sleep

3. Take a Gym Break

Have you been hitting the gym? A few gym sessions per week can help you release stress, refocus, and get back on track. When at the gym, make sure to actually do some weight training, and not just cardio.

Search online and find a good routine, and aim to go at least 2-3 times a week. This exercise will release endorphins and re-energize you.

4. Reassess Your Values

Sometimes burnout is caused by failing to live according to your values. The problem is, most people haven’t taken the time to truly assess their values. Your values are what are most important to you. And when you unknowingly stray away from them, you’ll feel burnout as well as a general feeling of unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

So, it may be time to reassess your values. How can you do that?Start by checking out this big list of values. From there, write down 20 potential values. Then, narrow that list down to your 5-10 most important values. Visualize what it’d be like to live fully according to those values, and ask yourself if your current lifestyle aligns with them. If not, it could be time to make some changes.

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

5. Take a Digital Vacation

Do you remember the last time you spent a day without checking your phone or using your laptop? For many of us, the answer is a big “No!” and that’s a problem…

According to a study from Fast Company, these were some of the benefits entrepreneurs experienced from taking a “digital detox”:

  • Improved memory
  • Better posture
  • More efficient sleep
  • New perspectives

What could some of these benefits do for your life? For one, they can definitely help you recover from burnout! So, try going on a 2-3 day digital vacation and see how you feel. That means no phone, no laptop, and no TV!

Burnout has plagued every entrepreneur and hustler at one point or another. But burnout doesn’t have to send you spiraling downward in negativity. With these strategies, you can beat burnout, stay productive and positive, and keep creating awesome work.

Do you have any other strategies to beat burnout? Let us know in the comments below!

Parker Davis is the CEO of Nexa, a leader in the virtual receptionist and technology-enabled answering services industry. He believes that the application of data analytics, investment in technology, and fostering a positive company culture together create highly efficient and scalable growth companies. In 2016, Nexa achieved record revenues while also being awarded the Top Companies to Work For in Arizona award. Parker is also the Managing Partner of Annison Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment partnership. Follow him @callnexa and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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  1. Bryan Oliver

    Nov 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Your point #1 is fantastic! So many of us want to say yes to everything and end up burning out. Creating your mindset to where you learn to no is critical. Excellent post!

  2. Jean Baptiste Bikindi

    Nov 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Hi buddy ? ‼I’m jean Baptiste who lives in Rwanda Kigali city. My friend you really say life which I live. I’m a person who have been burnt out as my own all my life. But now through this useful advice I’m going to looking for what I should do. Thanks very much.

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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