The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. In some ways, entrepreneurs have had it easier than many. You might have always worked from home, you might be safe, away from the risks of infection, and if you’ve had to move things around to take care of family or home school your children, it might have been easier than it would have been if you were an employee.
In other ways, life might have been far more difficult. You may have struggled to keep your business going. You might have lost customers, and so money, and you might have had to find new suppliers and providers. Working from home, without being able to see your team might have been tricky, and juggling everything while worrying about your health and wellbeing might have seemed impossible.
If you are feeling burnt out, you aren’t alone. This year has been harder than most, so here’s a look at some ways to cope with pandemic burnout.
Take a Break
If you haven’t had a day off since march, you certainly aren’t alone. Many of us haven’t felt able to step away from our businesses for more than a few hours since all of this started. But, you need a break. Your business will suffer more if you are too tired to give it your best. Take at least one day off, and rest whenever you can.
Get Some Help
If you are struggling to take care of your staff from home, get help with HR and Payroll from hris systems you could also hire freelancers for specific tasks, or a VA to give yourself a break.
If you work alone, even asking a family member to help out around the house can give you a bit more time during the day.
Celebrate Your Successes
After such a stressful time it can be hard to see any positives. But, if your business is still going, you have done fantastically well, and you are sure to have learned an awful lot about your business and yourself in the process.
Take Care of Yourself
The last thing that you want right now is to be ill. Practicing social distancing is a great start, but you should also make sure you get plenty of rest, you eat well and you exercise, to give your immune system all of the support that it needs.
Understand Your Stressors
Often the best way to avoid stress is to understand what it is that is stressing you out. Learn more about your triggers and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding them.
Accept Your Limitations
You can’t do it all. This might not be the best time to push yourself hard. Accept your limitations, and prioritize what you can do.
Unfortunately, the only thing that we know right now, is that we don’t know what is going to happen in the coming weeks and months. We’re still surrounded by uncertainty, and while in many ways, life is carrying on, who knows what restrictions and changes we may yet face? Stop your burnout in its tracks, and you’ll be fine!
This is a contributed post