Top Tips to Avoid Burnout

Debra Eckerling (author of Your Goal Guide) provides helpful tips for building emotional resilience to avoid burnout.

One can’t overstate the importance of being able to flex in action, feeling, and thinking in order to build emotional resilience.

We all have 24 hours in a day, so how do we move away from being busy and experiencing burnout to productivity? When we struggle with our mental strength and feel at the end of our rope, we need to find a way to build our emotional resilience and invest in our physical well-being.

Do you:

  • Identify and accept feelings
  • Take a mental health day
  • Use a mini-break 
  • Exercise

Red Direction conducted a poll, and most business owners and entrepreneurs, when they want to have a quick boost of their performance and resilience, identify their feelings and accept them.

However, sometimes that is only the first step. Burnout is not just a feeling, something that will go away in its own with time. That’s why we asked business leaders and long time entrepreneurs to share their real-life, actionable tips on how they avoid burnout.

“Like it or not, we’ve all had a crash course in resilience over the last 16 months. One of the best ways to build it is to schedule time for self-care. Whether it’s 15 minutes a day or an hour a few days a week, put appointments in your calendar to do the things that re-energize your body and ignite your spirit. When you are physically and emotionally at your best, you are in a much better place to deal with what life throws at you.” – Debra Eckerling, Goal-Setting Expert, Award-Winning Author, Corporate Wellness Consultant

The best situation is to have people in the organization with goals, values, vision, and a life mission, that mirror what the organization has. So that everything is done synergistically and in alignment, and you understand what it is that people want out of that experience. If you can do that and have those conversations upfront, you’re bringing the right people on board. And then it’s always working with one another to grow. – Michelle L. Kokones BeishOperations Manager, Team Management and Strategic Planning

“The key is recognizing when you’ve hit some limit (whatever that looks like for you) and then stepping back and doing something – or not doing anything! When my eyes and head start hurting from editing online too long, I take a break and go for a short or long walk, or call – not text! – a friend. What’s important is getting away from the laptop or smartphone screen, even for a few moments. It’s truly amazing how much these simple actions help me focus/refocus on the rest of the day’s work.” – Pamela BarrowayEditor, Proofreader, Reviewer of Business Content

“When I’m at the end of my rope, I simply take a mental health day. That “end of my rope” feeling is a sign that I have a ton of “mind trash” that needs to be removed. The best way to remove it is to DO SOMETHING ELSE. Since most of my work is in front of a computer, I make a rule to unplug and have zero screen time. That makes a huge difference for me.” – Ivana TaylorSmall Business Marketing Expert, Online Publisher and Influencer

“Burnout’s a bit of a tricky subject. We need to, as leaders, recognize the signs and be able to gently speak with our team members about them while remaining professionally friendly and not crossing lines. One of the most common symptoms of burnout that I have witnessed (and, if truth be told, have experienced) is frustration. Frustration over issues that would not normally frustrate the person.” – Therese VanEsSenior HR Strategist, HR Coach, Culture Enhancer

“If we continuously multitask, it’s hard to enjoy any activities. It’s essential to shift from time management to energy management, notice what’s dominating your field of awareness, get perspective and recognize mental chatter.” – Palma MichelLeadership Coach, Host of the Explorer´s Mind Podcast, External Advisor at McKinsey & Company

“Stress is a function of an individual’s ability to handle potentially stressful situations. It’s made up of 10% of what happens and 90% of how they respond to it. This is what we’re talking about here.” – Mark CarruthersPrincipal, Avgi Management Consulting, SME Specialist, Change Agent

“Find better habits and go where your flow of energy is. However you recharge, make it a healthy place to be. Which is to say, ‘I’m going to work within my limits’ allows you to use your willpower for recharging.” – Andrew HuttonFounder & CEO, Day One

“A lot of it comes down to attitude. “I don’t believe the glass is half full or half empty. It’s refillable, and that’s a real big mantra in my life because no matter how dark things get, I may have to go looking for that answer.”- Ben BakerPresident and CEO Your Brand Marketing

“Emotional resilience is an outcome of strong dimensional leadership. And the skills that are wrapped up into dimensional leadership include self-awareness, persistence, emotional control, and flexibility in our thinking and feelings. And don’t forget your commitment to yourself, to trust in yourself. So stay out of your comfort zone. Remember that you can always lean into emotional resilience in a world of burnout.”- Jess DewellRed Direction, Operations and Strategy

As additional reading material, I suggest the following articles:

Burnout: Modern Affliction or Human Condition by By Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

Why we may be measuring burnout all wrong by Kate Morgan, BBC

Work-From-Home Burnout: Causes And Cures by Ashley Stahl, Forbes

Why burnout is everyone’s problem by Jaana Ojanen, EU Startups

How To Tell The Difference Between Stress And Burnout by Rachel Montañez, Forbes

BOLD Business Podcast: Emotional Resilience in a World of Burnout

Hopefully, these publications and advice from our featured business leaders will provide much-needed tips.

Cover image Photo by JJ Jordan on Unsplash

Still feel like you need a bit of help with some business direction on this topic? Then ACT to Plan by contacting me for a 30-Minute Unstuck Quick Consult. We’ll discuss your aims, where you are, and where you should be to move deliberately toward your team-building goals!

Your Goal Guide by Deb Eckerling (small copy)

your goal guide

A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals

Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success.

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