We all suffer from it from time to time. Those days where you just feel over-worked and uninspired. And right now, in the middle of summer, most of us who run equestrian businesses will be neck deep in the busy season. Where burnout is most likely to strike!
Call it what you like… burnout, overwhelm, stuck in a rut. It’s that feeling of just not having everything running the way you’d like and not feeling motivated to be the best you can be. Whether that’s because you’ve got too much on or because you just can’t seem to get yourself going.
It sucks! And it happens to the best of us.
So, when you’re working alone and have nobody to pick up your slack, how do you deal with these dreaded funks?
Take a Break
Sometimes, the best way to be productive is to stop working. If you’re having to force it, it’s often just better to stop right there and start again later/another day.
Get up, get outside, walk the dog, go do a food shop, go have a bath, workout, go and see your gran… Whatever works best for you. But just get off of your computer and find a fresh perspective.
Nominate Your ‘Person’
Most people have somebody in their life who they would consider a positive influence. Somebody that will listen while they rant and rave, and then be honest, but be encouraging and supportive in their response. The kind of supportive that makes you a cup of tea to make you feel better and then kicks you up the bum and sends you back to work.
So, you need to nominate at least one person, more if you’re lucky enough to have them, to do this for you. And when you’re feeling burntout, hit them up for lunch, or a good chat on the phone.
It might be your mum, your sibling, your best friend or even an online community of likeminded individuals.
Remember Your ‘Why’
The most effective way to stop yourself from suffering from burnout or overwhelm is often to remember your ‘why’. Firstly, if you don’t have a why, you need to come up with one (or some) right now!
This is your reason for doing what you do. The thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. Do you want to help people? Entertain people? Become a millionnaire? Be your own boss and enjoy flexibly hours?
What is your mission? Why did you begin in the first place?
It might be that you have one big why, or lots of little ones. But whatever they are, write them down. Something started you on this journey. What was it that excited you when you were first starting your business?
Your ‘why’ is what will get you through when things get tough. It’ll remind you that what you do is important. Because it is! Otherwise you wouldn’t have started doing it in the first place.
Once you’ve done all of the above, it’s time to get back to it. So, I want you to embrace the rut that you’ve currently found yourself in and just go with it.
You’re going to get out your favourite journal or notepad, and a pen that you love to write with, and you’re going to brainstorm.
Don’t overthink it. Don’t berate yourself for feeling burnt out. Just start writing!
Come up with content ideas, promotional campaigns, ideas for future shoots or projects that you want to work on. Just get writing. Draw spider diagrams, lists, tables… If you need to, take a look around on other blogs, Pinterest, magazines, etc. Get out and about, to help get your creative juices flowing. Whatever works for you!
Don’t be afraid to write down ideas that suck. You can dismiss them later, if they really are crappy. This is just about getting things down on paper and getting your brain turning again.
And that should be you all ready to get going again, with whatever amazing thing it is you do.
I hope that was somewhat useful. I’ve suffered from serious overwhelm and burnout, both when things are super busy that I haven’t got time to stop and think, and when things have been quiet and I felt like nobody was interested in what I had to offer. It’s a common problem and it’s just another thing that you need to be able to recognise, in order to deal with it and push forward.
See you next week, for another FYI Friday! Don’t forget, if there’s anything you’d like me to cover, I’d love to see your ideas in the comments section below.