entrepreneurial fatigue

Symptoms Of Burn Out In Your Business

We hear the words “burn out” when it comes to entrepreneurs, but do we actually know what it means? If we tried to make a list of the symptoms, could we?

I had a vague idea of what the symptoms of burn out where, but when I sat down at a compassion fatigue seminar listening to the presenter outline each symptom, I was stunned.

I was experiencing every. single. thing she was talking about.

Symptoms Of Business Burn Out | The Girl Inspired Project

So, maybe you are in a stage in your life or business where you are experiencing burn out (or think you are) and need further information to solidify that this is in fact what you are feeling and working through.

If you shake your head yes to all the symptoms on this list, it might be time to do some damage control. In this post, I share some of the most valuable ways in which I recovered from burn out in my business to help you further. I also wrote an article on my best advice for how to prevent burn out in your business.

Symptoms Associated With Burn Out

  1. Fatigue

  2. Irritability

  3. Cynicism

  4. Mental Exhaustion

  5. Emotional Exhaustion

  6. Physical Exhaustion

  7. Depersonalization; in other words, lacking a sense of identity or feeling like business has become impersonal

  8. Frustration

  9. Reduced Sense of Accomplishment

  10. Isolation

I’d love to hear how you’ve been feeling in your business and if I can lend any further insight. Burn out is a very real, diagnosable disorder that no one should have to go through alone. Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help in whatever way I can!

Symptoms Of Burn Out In Business | The Girl Inspired Project
Symptoms Of Burn Out In Business | The Girl Inspired Project

My Best Advice To Prevent Business Burn Out

As an entrepreneur, preventing compassion fatigue or burn out is a full time job in itself.

But, if you are unable to do nothing else of the sage wisdom and advice I give you to prevent burn out in your business, then I wish that you would heed this one piece of advice.

Before you scroll down, if you are reading this right now and you aren’t sure if you are burnt out, here’s a great post talking all about some of the signs that you might be burnt out or at least heading in that direction. If you read it and agree, come back to this post to hear what I have to say below!

The Best Way To Prevent Burn Out In Your Business | The Girl Inspired Project

Are you ready for this?

You probably aren’t going to like it, but here goes:

Get moving. Move your body. Be active. Work out.

As I mentioned in my post about How I Recovered From Burn Out In My Business, getting fit and healthy was the biggest way I have been able to fend off burn out in my business.

In order to have energy, you must create it.

And as we all know, entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart—it takes a lot of energy to build an empire.

How will you ever build a successful business if you barely have the energy to get through the day?

It doesn’t matter where you are in your health journey, but as long as you make it a priority to get up, go for a walk, spend thirty minutes doing cardio, take a yoga class, whatever your method of moving may be.

That’s it. Thirty minutes a day devoted to keeping your health and sanity in check.

The best part? Moving your body also helps to fight off anxiety, helps you sleep, and keeps your stress levels in check.

I hope you are convinced by now to go for that jog or take a long walk with your kids!

My favorite ways to stay active and healthy are to take a hot yoga class, walk my pups at our local park, go for a swim, or head out with my husband on a long hike in nature.

I can always tell my body appreciates the motion and I have stamina to work daily in and out to build The Girl Inspired Project.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit and healthy?

Biggest Way I Prevent Burn Out In My Business | The Girl Inspired Project
Biggest Way I Prevent Burn Out In My Business | The Girl Inspired Project


10 Signs You Might Be Burnt Out In Your Business (Or Moving That Direction!)

We don’t know what we don’t know. When I was experiencing burn out in my last business, I just thought that the fatigue, anxiety, and exhaustion were all part of being a business owner. Turns out I was wrong! All of the red flags were there—I just didn’t understand how to recognize them, so I hope that this list might help you to see if you are in fact heading down the road to entrepreneurial burn out or if perhaps you are just having a bad day (or week).

Ten Signs You Might Be Burn Out In Your Business | The Girl Inspired Project | For Creative Entrepreneurs, Femalepreneurs, Fempreneurs, Girl Bosses

10 Signs You Might Be Burnt Out In Your Business (Or headed that way!)

  1. Day to day tasks in business that normally wouldn’t bother you feel overwhelming, annoying, or frustrating.

  2. Interacting with clients becomes a chore or you find that even the simplest client requests are bothersome.

  3. You do as little as possible daily just to get through the day and spend the rest of your time seeking comfort activities: food, TV, sleep, alcohol, etc.

  4. You are easily irritated with customers, clients, subcontractors, or employees.

  5. You don’t find joy or fulfillment any longer in the work you are doing.

  6. You feel mentally, emotionally, or physically exhausted (or all three) day in and day out and can’t seem to get your energy back.

  7. You find that you don’t feel valued any longer in your business.

  8. Instead of serving your clients well and to the fullest extent possible, you are showing up just for the financial gain.

  9. You continuously look externally for a greater purpose or to feel valued again.

  10. You are feeling anxious all the time and no matter what you can’t seem to shake the anxious feeling.

If after reading this list and you’ve checked off a majority of them, you might need some advice on how to prevent burn out. I’ve got two articles for you. First, I share my best advice for preventing burn out in your business, but I’ve also sat down and outlined ways that I recovered from burn out in my last business that might help you speed up your recovery as well!

10 Signs You Might Be Burnt Out In Your Business | The Girl Inspired Project
10 Signs You Might Be Burnt Out In Your Business | The Girl Inspired Project