In the fast-paced world of business, women have been breaking barriers and making significant strides. However, with the juggling act of managing careers, family, and personal lives, women often find themselves vulnerable to a silent but pervasive enemy: burnout. I know, because I too experienced burnout in year three of my business. The only thing is, I had no idea that I was actually experiencing burnout until I was sitting in my therapist office.
I have now made it my passion to help women in entrepreneurship either break the cycle of burnout if they are in it, or help them create a lifestyle so they can know the signs, live with intention, & adjust as needed. I want to start by exploring the signs of burnout and why seeking assistance is not a sign of weakness but a testament to your strength.
The Hidden Enemy: Burnout in Women in Business
Women in business face unique challenges, from feeling the constant pressure to prove themselves, be wonder woman, & break barriers on success. It’s essential to recognize that burnout doesn’t have preference on who it targets; it affects individuals across all walks of life. However, understanding how burnout manifests for you looks a little different for everyone. I wanted to highlight the common ones I see amongst my clientele.
One of the earliest signs of burnout is feeling persistently exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep. It’s normal to feel tired after a long day at the office, but when exhaustion becomes the norm across work tasks, at home tasks, or just overall it’s time to take a step back & look at re-evaluating what might be going on.
Constantly feeling emotionally drained or on edge is another common symptom of burnout. As women we often take on various roles, both professionally and personally. When you start to feel the constant overwhelm, or what I call “controlled chaos or hustle” you can be approaching the lower side of burnout.
In the beginning this can feel like daydreaming about being on vacation, forgetting tasks from time to time, having a hard time concentrating, cultivating this overwhelming feeling of chaos which can lead to a complete disconnect from your work as well as the passion for the work.
Many women in business are natural caregivers, often prioritizing the needs of others over their own. If you find yourself consistently neglecting self-care activities like exercise, healthy eating, or relaxation, it’s a good indicator that burnout is on the horizon.
You’re Not Alone
Remember you are not alone in this. I was there, a lot of us unfortunately experience burnout at one point or many points in our careers. But knowing that someone can be there to help guide, listen, and encourage you as you manage your way out is what I am here for!
This is also a judgement free zone! If you are curious about where you might be on the “Controlled Hustle ” scale I encourage you to take my FREE quiz below! If you need any further help I’d love to connect with you!
**This blog is not medical advice. None of the information in this post should be used to diagnose, treat or cure any medical conditions. Consult your physician with any medical concerns you may have.***