Do you wake up in the middle of the night or can’t even fall asleep because you’re overthinking about everything you’re responsible for in your business?
Have you noticed that you’re reaching for that extra coffee or something sweet around 2pm, just so you can keep working?
Do you find yourself snapping at those you love one minute and then wanting to bawl your eyes out the next?
If you’re nodding your head, then you’ll want to hear why you’re feeling this way and what you can do to support yourself enabling you to run your business more successfully.
The rapid mood swings, insomnia, drop in energy levels and feeling foggy in the head may be signs you’re pushing yourself too hard. When we are in business for ourselves, this is a common trend. We have to be the ‘jack of all trades’ and feel responsible to be present and switched on all the time.
We feel that if we take time out the business won’t keep going. Or that we haven’t got the processes or team in place for things to run smoothly and automatically in the background.
In today’s episode I draw on my Naturopathic background and share the signs to be aware of when it comes to burnout. I also give the top strategies that have worked with hundreds of my clients as they balanced business and life.
Key Take away Messages
Advice for business owners struggling to juggle everything and feeling worn out, exhausted and stressed:
- Believe in yourself.
- Take care of you first.
- Take Action.
The first 3 Steps from my “7 Steps to Business Breakthrough Program- finding the balance between life and business”
As a bonus to help you create a balanced life, without exhaustion I shared access to my best-selling book “Elevate Your Health“. Grab your copy today.
- Pinpoint your Values
- Position your Boundaries
- Place your Foundations
Links From The Episode
- Holistic Vision website: www.holisticivision.com.au
- Free resource “Elevate Your Health” Book www.holisticvision.com.au/health
- Follow me for daily business tips, inspiration and business strategies www.instagram.com/holisticvisionconsultancy
- Connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameetagangaram/
Rate, Review and Follow wherever you get your podcasts
“I loved the Simple Marketing Solutions podcast” <—- if this sounds like you, I’d value a rating and review. This helps me inspire and help other business owners just like you to create a business that brings about positive change, whilst rewarding you with a fulfilled life.
For Apple Podcasts: Click here, scroll down, tap five (5) stars and select ‘Write a Review’. I can’t wait to hear one piece you found valuable from the episode!
For Spotify: Click here
Before you go, follow the podcast if you haven’t already. That way you’ll be the first in line for my free resources that will elevate your business.
Are you looking for ways to simplify and grow your business? Do you struggle with knowing where to focus your energy for the best return? Or are you loving your business success and looking to stay ahead of the pack through innovation and inspiration? If you’ve answered yes to any of the following, keep listening because today’s episode is sure to inspire you.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night or can’t even fall asleep because you’re overthinking about everything you’re responsible for in your business? Have you noticed that you’re reaching for that extra coffee or something sweet around 2 p. m. just so that you can keep working? Or are you one of those people that find yourself snapping at those that you love one minute and then wanting to bawl your eyes out the next?
If you’re sitting there nodding your head, Then you’ll want to hear why you’re feeling this way, and what you can do to support yourself to enable you to run your business more successfully. The rapid mood swings, insomnia, the drop in energy levels and feeling foggy in the head may be signs that you’re pushing yourself too hard.
When we’re in business for ourselves, this is so common. We have to be the jack of all trades and we feel like we’re responsible to be present and switched on at all times. We feel that if we take time out our business won’t keep going or that we haven’t got the processes or team in place for things to run smoothly and automatically in the background.
I wanted to share a bit about my journey and help you to understand what it feels like and what you can do when you are in this mind frame. So 15 years ago, when I started my first business, an organic health food store and naturopathic clinic called Organic Matters, I was on a mission to help educate my community that there were alternatives to popping a pill.
That food was truly thy medicine, and you could prevent dis ease through making better choices with food and support wellness with a balance of nutrition, exercise, and mindset. During these years, I felt like I was committed 200 percent to my customers. I was working over 60 hours a day, sorry, 60 hours a week, if only we had 60 hours in a day.
I’d be doing that. I was the one responsible for taking care of the day to day admin, seeing clients, procurement, HR, marketing, you name it, I was doing it. I remember becoming so obsessed with my business that when friends would call to go out, I’d tell them, no, I was too busy. And I saw myself going home in the evenings, being so exhausted that immediately after dinner, Get into bed and lie there, wide awake with all these 101 thoughts racing through my mind.
Keeping me wide awake for hours on end. Because there was just so much that I felt responsible for. Responsible for my clients, responsible for the business, responsible for the staff that I had as well. Fast forward and 10 years ago, I found myself sitting in my car on my way to work, bawling my eyes out.
Now, this was not a one off thing. I was doing this day after day after day for months. I started to feel stressed, run down. I couldn’t think clearly. All I could reach for was something sweet like chocolate every day just to feel like I was getting a bit of a pick me up. And I really couldn’t see what was happening for myself until I spoke to a naturopath friend of mine and she told me, My friend, you’re showing clear signs of burnout.
Me? Burnout? I wanted to ask her. I could not believe it. After everything that I know as a naturopath, how could I be going through a burnout? I help clients with burnout. I did confirm it with follow up tests. And this is the point where I was confronted with the realization where I knew that something had to change, and it had to change now.
Otherwise, I was truly on a downward spiral that had no end in sight. So this is when I made the painful decision to say farewell to my organic health food store. And I went into private practice instead. I reassessed the way that I was running my businesses and started implementing Automation processes to take care of things like bookings, accounting, and marketing.
I also employed a team that assisted with supporting me and my clients. Through this, I was able to focus on my niche, to build a successful business, and have more time for myself to pursue the other passions that I had. I changed the model of how I saw clients and focused on my niche of women with adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues.
I developed successful personal and group programs which helped hundreds of women throughout Australia. These automation processes Along with my support team, a new business model truly saved my life, giving me back my freedom, my energy, and my zest for being here. It allowed me to live a more fulfilled life.
Along with these, there were three pieces of advice that I continued to follow. The first was to believe in yourself. I feel like I had let that go along the way and it was At this point where I started to remind myself that we have the knowledge, we have the education, we’ve got the skills to be successful.
We just have to believe in ourselves and remember that we are here to share our message. Our message will help those who are looking to transform their lives. Secondly, take care of you first. With me, that’s something I really had to learn to do. Our health and our well being has to come first because without this we can’t be of service to anyone else.
It’s time to listen to your body to find a balance that works for you. It’s okay to reach out and remember there’s always tomorrow and thirdly Take action. I can’t stress this one enough. So many times I see my clients just sitting back and not taking action. When we sit around and start thinking about how your life could be and you have this vision of what you want, unfortunately it’s not going to miraculously improve.
We do have to take action if we want things to change. Taking action Even imperfect action moves us closer to living the fulfilled life that we deserve. This time that I now had gave me an opportunity to add marketing and coaching to my skill set and to co author the best selling book Elevate Your Health, in which I shared my journey and provided guidelines to re establishing your health and overcoming burnout or adrenal fatigue as it’s often called.
You may be wondering, How do I know if I’m experiencing burnout? Well, earlier I pointed to three common signs, as well as my own experience. However, it is important to note that there’s several stages with burnout, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is something that progressively worsens as a result of us continuing to push through and ignore those signs.
Oftentimes we start with feelings of heightened energy, of being able to push through and thrive under pressure. The type A personality. When we continue to pressure ourselves, this is when it leads to us moving along the curve, where our mood goes from feeling happy and energetic to feeling flat and unmotivated.
Then into the third stage, where we start to feel really low, exhausted, unable to think clearly, feeling foggy, experiencing insomnia, and waking up exhausted. Really struggling to focus. In my book, I go through each stage and the symptoms linked to them. If you’d like a free copy of this bestseller, head to
www. holisticvision. com. au forward slash health and grab your copy today. It’s common as business owners that we experience an overload of stress throughout the cycle of our business. It’s natural. Stress doesn’t always have to be negative. We do need a certain degree of stress, which can be a great motivator.
However, the consistency and level of stress and also the length of time that it continues. These are the driving factors that push us into that fight or flight mode. And these are the factors that cause our adrenals, nervous system and endocrine system to start experiencing imbalances leading to the symptoms we then exhibit.
Now I’m not going to get super technical and get back into my nature. pathic head frame, but I do want to just share some practical tips with you because as business owners, it’s time that you take that stress and alleviate it to move your body back to feeling energetic and supporting your adrenal glands and entire whole body so that you can continue to build a successful foundation for your business.
These form part of my Business Breakthrough Program. Finding the balance between life and business. It’s important, firstly, to identify your values, because what you believe will dictate how you run your business and who you want to work with. Without this clarity, people often drift from one thing to another, chopping and changing their business structure, offers, and even audiences, which in the end is tiring and can lead to feelings of frustration.
Or literally wanting to throw the towel in. Secondly, set boundaries from day one. I know this may be hard to do because you think that there’s so much that you’ve got to cover in your business and it already feels like there’s not enough hours in the work week. Trust me, when you block out time for yourself each week, this is when you really start to utilize the business time more effectively.
Instead of spending an hour scrolling through social media or checking emails, you’ll find yourself valuing that hour and using it to focus on your business growth. You may like to have your me time as a Friday blocked off or not working on a Wednesday afternoon. Whatever works for you, but I do encourage you to find that time and block it off in your calendar.
Right now. Yes, you heard me. Grab that calendar or diary out and start blocking that timeout every week, infinitely. No temptations to open this time up again. I know that I block out my Fridays and ever since I started doing that, it’s given me the opportunity to explore my creative side. I started to get back into my.
Art classes, which I love. And I always find that with that day off or with those few hours off, I actually feel more inspired and creative when I come back to my business because it’s given me the mental and physical space. To make things happen, to see things in a new way and to process everything that’s been happening in your work week.
And thirdly, lay the foundations of your business. Don’t rush this and don’t think that’ll be fine. Because this is where I see most businesses fall over time. They haven’t spent time mapping out their financial plan or identified their marketing strategy. And this leads to erratic choices, a lot of uncertainty, which fuels the stress response in the body.
And it can cascade into symptoms described above. For more details on the signs that you’re, if you’re experiencing burnout, or even to understand what you can do to shift. Yourself from burnout to endless energy. Download my Elevate Your firstname.lastname@example.org au slash health. Thank you for tuning in today, like and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
I hope you found value from this episode. And remember, if you’ve got friends and colleagues looking for inspiration as they grow their business. Share this podcast with them. For more inspiration, follow me on Instagram at Holistic Vision Consultancy or visit my website holistic vision.com au. You can also find me on LinkedIn at a Mater gang room.
Until next week, my friend to your success.