Burnout while building [and running!] a business happens to the best of us. It doesn’t mean that you don’t love what you do, it just means that you are overworked and not giving yourself enough time to relax. No matter how passionate you are about what you do, working 24/7 is not healthy. At High Moon, we preach living a well-rounded life full of experiences, personal relationships, and self-care. While work-life balance looks different on everyone, studies show that your performance is actually improved when you take time away from your computer.
Just like any other meeting on your color-coded calendar, it’s important to schedule blocks for experiences that make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. As a startup, we know there are days that it’s a struggle to step away from the computer, but your self-care, personal relationships, and mental health are just as important (if not more!) as your inbox. So block out some time in your cal for workouts, a massage, reading, writing, Netflix… whatever makes you feel relaxed so that you can step back with a clear head.
Just like you schedule in your relaxation time, find pockets in the day that you can take a walk, stand up and stretch or meditate to take your mind off your work. Even if it’s only a few minutes, it’ll make a world of difference and actually makes you even more productive. (Alex literally schedules breaks into her calendar!)
As an entrepreneur, there is never a dull moment, especially when running multiple businesses and managing a team. But workaholics take note, vacations actually can make you a better boss. So if you’re one of those people who hasn’t taken a vacation in years, it’s time to book that vacation [or staycation!] to avoid burnout.
Studies have shown that most people do not take their vacation days. If we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that slowing down is amazing for your mental health. You’re allowed to turn off once in a while, no matter if you run your own business or not. This is why here at High Moon, we give our employees unlimited vacation days!
If your work is suffering because you lack inspiration, then it’s time to look for motivation elsewhere. Even if you can’t book a getaway right now, you can still change your scenery. We have spent SO much time in our homes over the past year, so making small changes to your routine can make a huge difference. Try checking out that new coffee shop down the street that has the cutest decor, or taking your conference call on the move and walk through a local park! There are so many ways to get inspired again.
Whether you hire someone to take some tasks off your plate or seek out professional guidance, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. Sometimes it’s as simple as admitting that you’re overwhelmed to a co-worker, family member, or professional to help shift your perspective and get you feeling more like you again!