One of the greatest challenges we face as entrepreneurs is burning the candle at both ends and ending up exhausted and worn out.
2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone. Apart from the fear of death (literally) looming over our heads, the emotional and financial pressure has been relentless as the world shut down to try and curtail the effects of the virus.
The hope was that the measures the various governments had put in place to help curtail the spread of the COVID virus would start showing results and then allow us to return to a semi – normal life. This was not the case as the number of new cases spiked immediately as the restriction levels were lowered. When the UK went into a second major lockdown I was deeply affected as my daughter lives in the UK, and this meant that she would not be coming home for Christmas.
Add the American elections into the mix. The breath-taking nastiness and viciousness between my friends and acquaintances on Facebook really knocked me for a loop. This was a country that was the standard by which a lot of countries measured themselves against. It was and still is vile.
The final straw for me was a betrayal by someone I had helped.
I hit a wall.
I was not sleeping well. My anxiety levels were going through the roof, clearly indicated by the number of times I was woken up by a nightmare. I could not bear to even look at my pc, let along sit down to come up with creative ideas of what I could offer my customers.
So I made a decision to take some time out and become a recluse for a short while.
There are a number of things that I did to help myself recover from the mental and physical burnout and I wanted to share them with you today in the hopes that it may help you if you are experiencing something similar.
1. Don’t apologise
There is an old joke that goes like this: “Don’t apologise for your meltdown. You worked hard for it”.
It is important that you develop a thick skin while going through something like this. You are not the first person to feel like this and you will certainly not be the last. It does not matter what anyone thinks about you.
Your mental and physical well being is essential and you owe it to yourself, and have every right, to take some time out to heal and recover.
2. Be a sloth
For the first few days I did as little as possible. I would get out of bed and then watch a few movies, or read a book. I did not even bother getting out my pyjamas either on some days. Fortunately I had some frozen dinners that I would warm up when I was not in the mood to cook. I did not do any business reading or training at all. I wanted to switch off completely from business.
I must admit though that after a few days I was bored so I decided to try something new.
3, Learn something new and completely unrelated
One of my interests is vegetable gardening so I decided to take it a step further and learn everything I could about regenerative agriculture. This then led me into self-sustainable farming and creating market farms. I researched food preservation techniques as well.
It was wonderful to explore potential new avenues and ideas. Of course now I have a hankering to buy a homestead with cows, sheep and goats.
4. Work on your hobby
I love gardening and especially vegetable gardening. I spent a ton of time planting and preparing seed beds. My goal for the summer garden is to have a lot of tomatoes and peppers so I planted about 8 different varieties of each of those. With the food preservations skills I learned I will be able to save a ton of food to get me through winter.
Spending time in the garden was probably one of the best activities I could have done. It got me moving physically and your brain switches off when you are doing manual labour.
5. Do some form of exercise.
I don’t like going to gym because I always feel like a hippo with two left feet amongst the super-slim nymphs there. So I found a channel on YouTube that demonstrated an exercise routine you could do at home. First thing in the morning I would follow the routine and then immediately felt better after a bad night’s sleep.
6. Have tea with a friend
We as humans crave connection and spending time with a few of my real-life friends was priceless. It allows you to share your feelings and concerns without feeling like a cry baby. For some reason your challenges don’t seem so overwhelming after a cup of tea with a good friend.
7. Help someone else
One of the YouTube channels I found featured a young guy going around doing good deeds for complete strangers. I am not a big fan of going public with good deeds but by showing what he does, he inspires others to do the same. It also gives you a little much needed perspective on your own life when you see just how rough other people have it.
As a result I went looking for opportunities to help some people locally and it was not hard to find them. You just have to be open to the opportunity. It really is remarkable how much better you feel when you make a real difference in someone else’s life. It makes you exceptionally grateful for what you do have.
All in all I would recommend you taking time out from every day life if you are going through a bad patch. You cannot help yourself or others if you are not optimal.
I hope that this has helped you and please feel free to send me an email if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. I am happy to chat.
By the way, keep an eye out for an email from me tomorrow where I will be going into detail about our Black Friday Sale and a Super Special Christmas Event that Sue Fleckenstein and I have planned for you.