The older I get and the further I proceed into my entrepreneurial journey, the more the importance of overall health and balance is becoming overwhelmingly clear. My entire life, I have been go! go! go!, always pursing something, but never letting myself slow down until I was forced to. While I consider myself a fairly health conscious person, I have recently been finding that I have been putting my health last. Until now.
For an entire weekend, I focused on me. Among many things, I got a massage, not because I had muscle soreness or am preparing for a competition (which had been my reasoning in the past), but to be kind to my body that does so much for me. It was an exceptional experience because I was present and not thinking about everything I had to get done for work, life, etc. Not only did it force me to slow down, but it snowballed into taking action on other things that are of service to myself.
A big breakthrough I experienced in all of this was that my relationship with my health and wellness is directly related to how I am feeling mentally and physically, whether I realized it or not. When I found myself at the point of burnout was when I start craving junk food, skipping the gym, and lacked motivation. None of these things supported my vision and were working against me, which was a huge frustration especially because the cycle never really ended.
Noticing this didn’t make me upset or more frustrated, but exactly the opposite. There is something incredibly powerful about discovering these triggers. I realized that I get to choose how I respond to them, rather than letting them over power me and make my decisions for me. It’s up to me whether I let this behavior get out of hand or not.
My resolution? Instead of letting burnout build up, part of my weekly routine will be dedicated to hitting the reset button much more often, using these triggers as my guide, if needed. Ideally, though, I would like to erase these triggers all together. In order to move forward with my vision, I get to be committed to total wellness and give myself a break!
Ironically, this idea of ‘play’ is something that is common across all entrepreneurial coaching (work / life balance, am I right?), but for me it always seemed counter intuitive. I can tell you from experience it’s so true! Have you experienced burnout? How did you overcome it? Share with us in the comments below.