Overwhelm is the gateway to fatigue and burnout. Being in a constant state of overwhelm is a surefire way to cause fatigue and ultimately burn you out. Being overwhelmed can affect your adrenal system which is responsible for producing hormones that help manage mood, stress, and other aspects of living. While adrenal fatigue is currently not a recognised medical condition, adrenal insufficiency is and can be very serious.
Adrenal insufficiency is the inability to produce one of more of the hormones needed to manage fight or flight responses. Adrenal fatigue is thought to be the result of adrenal glands being overworked by a body in a constant state of fight or flight or overwhelm. Whether or not adrenal fatigue is recognised as a legitimate medical condition, there is mounting evidence that there is a toll taken on the body caused my chronic overwhelm.
Some symptoms of adrenal insufficiency and adrenal fatigue are:
Are you a creature of habit? Depending on those habits, your behavioural patterns may be contributing to your burnout. Maintaining behavioural patterns that set you up for overwhelm and failure will lead to burnout - if you don't get a handle on them and learn to correct their impact.
Some typical burnout-inducing behaviours:
Procrastination - Putting things off is the biggest contributing factor to burnout. All due dates come eventually. Procrastinating leads to last-minute chaos and frenzy trying to make up for lost time. What once could have been an easy task with plenty of time to complete becomes a looming disaster with no time to spare.
Passive-aggression - Avoiding necessary conflict and refusing to address important issues leads to burnout. Resentments and anger flare up even when suppressed, and while we may not intentionally take harmful action, oftentimes some passive-aggressive behaviours start to emerge.
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It's really easy as a business owner to get so wrapped up with your clients work that you actually forget about your own business. Starting up on your own is really exciting and full of promise but if you're not careful the business can soon take over your life, exhaust you and worse still, if you take your eye off the ball, financially ruin you. Poor cash flow is a renowned small business killer.
Here are 5 tips to keep you on track
1. Work out your Figures
You need to be clear exactly how much your overheads are and ensure the prices your are charging to your clients are inline to make you a profit. Produce a spreadsheet, write down all your overheads and look at your prices. Have you included ALL your overheads? Here's a biggy - REVIEW. Review your prices and overheads at least quarterly.
2. Check Your Bank Statement
Are you paying out for something you don't use anymore. Check your bank statements for regular outgoings and cancel...