Recently I ‘fessed up to you about being a business owner burnout. I’m going to tell you more about it and how to spot if you are burning out in your business.
But first, I’d like to share how some stress is actually good for you.
Look at this image to the right.
See the tip of the slope from calm to Eustress? Endocronologist, Hans Selye, (also known as the father of stress) wrote about eustress in his book, “The Stress of Life” (1976). Eustress is good for you. It motivates you. It focuses you. Eustress gives you the energy you need to perform well and accomplish big things (Selye, 1976).
You want eustress in your life and for your business. It’s a source of creative tension that fuels you to do your best work.
However, most entrepreneurs hang out in that downward slope of “distress”.
Ever heard of the “Chronic Stress Feedback Loop”? When that’s activated, you are in distress. And when you are in distress for an extended period of time… you and your business are at risk of burning out.
Here’s a quick guide to tell if you’re working with eustress or distress:
- You feel excited or invigorated.
- It’s short term (ie, doesn’t go on for days or weeks).
- You feel like your performance improves by the jolt of energy it provides.
- You feel motivated and it focuses your mind to do great work.
- You go through bursts of energy, but then you crash.
- You feel a flood of anxiety or “fight or flight” that takes over when you think about what you need to accomplish.
- You find your motivation, energy and performance declining with the jolts and crashes.
- You begin to push and struggle with yourself to accomplish your goals
Which category of stress do you relate to more: eustress or distress? If you find yourself feeling like the ongoing symptoms of distress listed above, you could be heading toward burnout. This is where you are at risk of illness, injury and depression, and your business is at risk of burning out along with you.
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