HR & Management

Tried and tested measures to prevent business burnout

6 min read

27 September 2016

Being a business owner, chances are you never really stop thinking about your bottom line, customers, staff or your next strategy. It’s understandable; this business is part of you after all and we’re betting you’re really passionate about it.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to put 100 per cent of yourself into it – or even 80 per cent, let alone 90 per cent. Do that and you’ll become so sick of it and ill (both mentally and physically) that you won’t be able to participate any more.

Find that a scary thought? Then read on in order to prevent business burnout.

Zap the inconsistent Zzzzzzs

It’s all too easy to sit up until the small hours finishing off a business plan or a customer design. Do this too often and your sleeping pattern goes up and down like a roller coaster.

Consistency with when you go to bed and get up in the morning is crucial to making sure you get a good night’s sleep. Play about with it to your peril.

Perk up your palette

Cut out sugar and see your taste buds start to appreciate the deliciousness of fresh foods such as fruit and veg. They’ll make you feel calmer – something your customers and staff will appreciate. Enjoy them in a green smoothie, which takes mere minutes to make with a blender.

The more fresh greens you consume, the less you’ll find yourself relying on artificial stimulants such as sugar and caffeine; you’ll not only feel better, but sleep and look better too.

Employ those endorphins

Endorphins are, of course, the “happy” chemicals our brain makes through exercise. They make us feel enthusiastic, empowered and relaxed. What’s not to like? The great thing is you don’t have to exercise for long before you begin to feel them start to arrive.

A 30-minute run will do it, better still an hour in the gym, a cycle to and from the office, a swim at lunchtime or 40 minutes in the park with the dog will also perk you up no end and help to combat any business blues.

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Focus your attention fully

Learning how to switch off your thoughts is a valuable tool for business owners. That’s because doing so means you can “recharge” your brain, giving you clarity and a sharpness to tackle issues which may have been getting on top of you.

Great ways to do this is to practice meditation, engage in a session or two of yoga, tai chi, pilates or an adrenalin sport which requires 100 per cent concentration such as rock climbing.

Appreciate an alternative activity

Everyone needs to switch off – whether that’s with the family, friends or becoming immersed in a hobby or activity they love. If your business requires a lot of mental energy then chose a hobby which involves working with your hands such as some form of craft activity.

You can double the benefits by learning how to make healthy salads and soups with which to replace processed foods. Work with your hands? Then playing chess, doing crosswords or indulging yourself in some other cerebral activity would do it.

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Establish a morning routine

Getting used to a routine makes doing the above easier. For instance, try to have your smoothie at the same time every morning. Get up at the same time every morning too – an hour earlier than you need to – so that you can spend that time nourishing your mind and soul.

This could be by reading a book, watching a comedy on YouTube or doing some stretching exercises, and which will set you up well for the day ahead. It an hour is too difficult to do at once try getting up in 15-minute phases until 60 minutes earlier is easy.

Create an evening routine too

Evenings are a good time to set up a routine too. That means switching off email, the computer and even the TV for a set period and fully focusing on what you want to do, such as learning a language, crocheting, dancing, or even spending some time out with your dog or cat.

The main point being that it’s time dedicated to doing your own personal stuff. This will help you switch off and start afresh the following morning.

Dominica Roszko is a nutrition and well-being specialist, and the founder of, a site dedicated to healthy living.

Arianna Huffington has left her eponymous website The Huffington Post to focus on her “wellbeing and productivity” startup Thrive Global, which poses a question: Why?

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