How To Deal With Burnout From Your Side Hustle
Career + Side Hustle + Life = BUSY YOU!
It can be hard to keep up with your career and your side hustle, alongside a normal life and everything else that goes into adulting in the modern world.
Sometimes we’re faced with something called burnout.
This is basically exhaustion and lack of creative desire or motivation. It can come from stress building up overtime, especially when you’re working on many different projects at once.
It can be hard to get through, disheartening and stressful to deal with and tough to shift.
I’ve been there myself many times and it’s not fun!
When you have your main career and then you’re also trying to build a business, run your home, spend time with your family and friends, eat, shower etc – it can end up a bit too much.
In this post, we’re going to talk about how to recognise it, and some of my top tips for getting through it and out the other side. I hope these help and you find them useful.
How To Recognise Burnout
There are a few ways to recognise when you’re feeling the burnout. If any of these sounds like you, then you might be in that place right now.
Signs of Burnout:
- It feels like you have no time at all and you’re constantly on the go, hustle hustle hustle, non-stop work.
- You don’t have the desire or motivation to create like you normally would, creating content for your business becomes harder and harder and you lack your usual pizzazz.
- You just want to sleep when you get home from work, and you might not have much of an appetite, or you might want to eat comfort/junk food.
- Caring about your side hustle feels like a total waste of your time and energy
- You feel that no one appreciates your work or what you’re doing
It can be tough when these feelings kick in, and your motivation for your passion, your business and your future starts to wane. Let’s look at some ways that you can deal with burnout and get back on the path to feeling inspired, motivated and connected to your purpose again.
Take A Break
It might seem obvious, but it can be one of the hardest things to do in reality.
Taking a break from your side hustle can bring on all kinds of feelings – guilt, sadness, hopelessness, just to name a few.
But it’s super important that you give yourself some time to recover and recuperate before you pick it back up again.
Take a week or two to really disengage from it all, switch off and take some time just for you.
Focus on getting through the tasks you HAVE to get done like your contracted job, feeding and bathing yourself and having lots of rest.
It will give you a much needed time to catch up on sleep, get reconnected to yourself and your creativity, and help you to start fresh when you turn the laptop back on.
One of the next tips I have for you is building and simplifying your systems so that you can do less of the time-consuming tasks that you can automate.
This allows you to focus on the more important things, and reduce the time you spend on admin tasks.
Examples of Systems:
- Set up automated email series’ to welcome your new subscribers and nurture them over the first week
- Create automatic responses to send to people when they email or message you, so you can get back to them within a timeframe set out, but they don’t feel ignored
- Use project management tools such as Asana or Dubsado to onboard clients automatically and send out all necessary documents, invoices etc without you having to lift a finger
- Create a schedule that you use to plan your time and enables you to know exactly when and what you’ll be doing rather than just spending time here and there doing random tasks. And don’t forget to set aside time for relaxing, rest and taking care of yourself.
Getting some helpful systems in place will really help your mindset and give you the time to think. When you’re in that burnout faze, setting this up might not be the easiest thing, but it will help you in the long run and reduce the likelihood of burnout coming back.
As I mentioned before, creating a schedule is helpful to plan your day and get things in place to organise your career, your business and your other tasks.
To support this, build routines around your schedule and boost the effectiveness of it.
Make the most of your time whilst allowing yourself a bit less decision-fatigue!
When we’re faced with many choices throughout the day, it can be draining of our minds and our energy, so creating a routine will help reduce the need for you to make so many decisions.
Things such as prepping your food, picking out outfits and buying clothes that can be matched with many others in your wardrobe, having a routine bedtime and waking up time – all of these kinds of things help you to stress less and focus on the more important things.
Another way to help reduce burnout is to get organised.
Stress can often be caused by forgetting or putting off things that we need to do, or by not having the organisation and structure in place so you’re living in chaos!
Taking control of your life and putting some organisational practices into your day will really help you to feel less stressed, and thus less burned out.
There are many different things you can do to organise your life, depending on what you want to do and what matters most to you.
- Tidy your home, minimise any clutter or belongings and reduce the number of things you buy – don’t clutter up your space as this takes up headspace! Clear out your wardrobe, go through your storage boxes and empty out your attic. Do what you need to do to have less to store, less to clean and less to worry about.
- Empty out your handbag, clear out the rubbish, the extra stuff you don’t really need to carry around, and even get a smaller bag instead if that helps!
- Detox your phone, get rid of all the apps you don’t use and turn off notification for anything but the things you want/need. Clear out your inboxes and add time into your schedule to manage your emails etc.
- Use a to-do list and manage your tasks, making sure you leave enough time for things that are important. Stop stressing about things that aren’t important or that you can’t actually do anything about. Stop carrying tasks over day after day and instead just strike them off if they’re not going to actually help you in any way!
Simple organisational structure and planning helps you to reduce the fluff in your life and focus on what really matters.
By taking a step back and looking at the places you might be wasting time or concentrating on things that don;t actually serve you, you’ll be able to reduce all of these things and allow yourself to have the time you need.
Focus On Energy Work
Your energy is very precious.
When you’re spending your energy and giving it to things that you don’t really need to, you’re depleting a finite resource of yours.
Focus on concentrating your energy on the things that matter to you.
Don’t waste it on things that don’t serve you – negative thoughts, gossip, bickering, anything that doesn’t add to your life or bring you joy.
Your energy is very valuable and you should spend it on what matters to you. Don’t let anyone else dictate to you what you should and shouldn’t be spending it on.
You can also take this a step further and learn about energy healing, chakras etc by searching for it on Google or YouTube. There are many different types of spiritual healing that you might find useful or enjoyable.
And that’s a wrap!
I hope you have found this post useful and have gained some tips and insight to help you reduce burnout and take back control of your mind.
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