Do successful people burnout?

“Burnout” is a serious issue. What’s even worse is that you hardly see it coming when you’re following your passion. It usually involves exhaustion, frustration, stress, health challenges, and lack of motivation. Even highly successful people suffer burnout due to the pressure associated with what they have to handle. While you see them in yachts, private jets and all of that, they have to think about the billions of dollars shareholders have invested in their companies.

In this digital world, the start-up is extremely intensive, making start-up entrepreneurs victims of burnouts. After all, they have to keep up with trending technologies and be at 100% all the time. Being a long-term game, the day-day hustle and bustle make them likelier to experience chronic stress. Burnout can exhaust you both mentally and physically, as well as affect your self-perception.

While it might seem so, burnout doesn’t really mean that you are failing. You just need to find a way of handling the situation that helps you get back on track quickly.

Let us take a look at some of the things successful people do to recover when they experience burnout:

Say no when you have to

Successful people know when to say no. When they notice an impending burnout, they simply stay away from situations that may potentially lead to stress. Just because you want to remain relevant at your workplace doesn’t mean you should fall into the pit. Know when to put yourself first and stay safe so as not to jeopardize your long-term goals.

Take out time to relax

You don’t always have to give excuses over helpful activities like meditation. Relaxation is very important for your mental and physical health. Try to take a walk, run a bath, or anything that helps you truly relax your mind. This is one of the ways successful individuals overcome burnout.

Sleep well, don’t just rest

If you want to perform at optimum level, sleep is an inevitable factor. While stress can deprive you of sleep, not getting enough sleep even contributes more to stress. Making sleep a priority is a good way to avoid burnout if you have a really busy schedule.

Switch off once in a while

Your phone is always at your fingertip. Too many emails, messages, and notifications bombarded to your phones. Even after work hours when you should take some time out, you keep on checking them. Switching off is a great way to protect yourself from further stress. You really need some peace of mind.

Exercise more often

Exercise is one of the best ways to get out of burnout. The endorphins that are released during exercise can help lower stress by combating the mental and physical exhaustion caused by burnout. You can go for a road-walk, swimming, biking or any kind of exercise that will help clear your head.

Review your preferences

Burnout usually occurs when we neglect our preferences. It’s time to re-assess your priorities. Establish the things that are most important to you – whether it’s your relationship, family, health … you should not sacrifice your happiness for anything. Getting the right work-life balance will help you achieve your goals and stay happy.

How do you avoid burnout? Do you have some great strategies of your own to avoid burnout – how do you implement them?

Let us know in the comments.

~Connie Pheiff, Founder & Chair,