Sure everyone’s looking to find that perfect work-life balance, with a little more emphasis on the life and a little less to do with the work. But when you run your own business, either as a start-up or something that’s been established a while, the reality is that your work life is far and above the area, your head spends most of its time thinking about.
With the best will in the world, your business has needs and it requires your input so while the ideal of good balance is something to strive for, in reality, it is far harder to achieve.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t an impact on you personally and in this blog, we’re taking a look at some of the signs and symptoms of overworking and how you can address them before too much work leads to total burnout.
Stress is hard to deal with but it’s not quite on a level with anxiety and depression. The real problem with stress is that it can very often escalate into these issues, so dealing with stress is imperative.
It might seem counterintuitive to say but having a little stress in your life can sometimes be helpful as it spurs you on to make changes to your working patterns or deal with work problems head-on, whether you’re a truck driver or run SERPs SEO’s Services.
If you’re feeling stressed this might play out both emotionally and physically. You might feel overwhelmed or like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete your tasks. This might lead you to feelings of sudden anger or sadness. You may also feel exhausted or sometimes quite the opposite, wired and unable to relax or sleep.
The resolution with stress is to tackle the issue or issues that are causing it. Unlike other mental illnesses, the origins of stress can generally be traced back to one or two issues that are bearing down negatively on your life.
If the issues aren’t immediately solvable then there are methods for dealing with stress until that resolution can come about. One method, mindfulness, is useful in helping you to accept the situation and how you feel and channel more positive thoughts to dealing with it.
This is one step further along than stress and can have serious consequences on your daily ability to function. Symptoms of anxiety include paranoia, feelings of sadness and anger and a desire to hide away from everyone. It can also cause tempers to flare against those closest to you.
Anxiety has many different forms but the general feeling is one of worry and fear. Physically this can translate into feeling shaky, tired, weak and leave you unable to concentrate on the tasks in hand.
Anxiety can very often come and go and in the busyness of your working life, it’s possible to mask these feelings. However, if you do feel anxiety returning on a more frequent basis, it’s time to contact your doctor for an appointment. They may prescribe you some medication to treat the worst symptoms and they may refer you to a CBT therapist to help you learn to redirect your anxious thoughts as and when they occur.
Like anxiety, depression can take many forms and have many complex reasons behind it. If you’ve experienced depression before you might literally feel that you are sinking into a black hole. If you recognise this feeling and aren’t taking any medication then you should seek help as soon as possible from your doctor. If your depression is a recurrent issue then some targeted medication may be the answer.
Sometimes depression can be triggered by things such as stress and the feelings of hopelessness that sometimes accompany it. Here you might find some therapy to be helpful in dealing with these thoughts and emotions, alongside any medication your doctor prescribes.
Burnout among the business community, particularly entrepreneurs is a real and increasingly common issue. As we strive to achieve more and more on ever limited budgets and time constraints, we put ourselves under immense pressure.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t allow pressure and stress into our life, indeed it can help us to stay focussed and achieve the targets we set but if that balance swings too far in one direction the consequences can be serious. It’s at these times it’s helpful to have people around us to help us remain accountable to our health and our best interests. Work hard, relax harder and avoid burning out. Your business and your loved ones need you.