The dreaded word “burnout” can be a career breaker for some. Psychology Today defines burnout as “a state of chronic stress that leads to: physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.” Luckily, burnout is just a phase for most, that with hard work can be overcome.
Although, throughout a lifetime of entrepreneurship in one of the world’s most cut-throat cities, it’s almost inevitable that every entrepreneur will face some degree of burnout at some point in their career along the way. If you accept that, it’s easier for you to first take a proactive approach, and second, recognize when it’s happening.
This is how five New York City entrepreneurs face and overcome burnout:
#1. Take Naps
Co-founder of Mass Lab, Creator of Portal (launching soon) and Chairman of Thinx Jonathan Swerdlin explains to The Muse that “naps are not just for children. Instead of having a second cup of coffee, sleep for 20 minutes. It’s the best way to refresh the brain.”
#2. Have Hustle (and not the annoying kind)
To author Jon Acuff, “hustle is fuel, it’s the fuel that makes you actually do the things you want to do. So you can have the best intentions, the best hopes, the best dreams but unless you actually do them, they don’t matter.” In an interview with TechnologyAdvice.com, he explains that the focus on what’s important to you is what will help you persevere in times where others may burn out.
#3. Know That Burning Out Is Normal
Entrepreneur Jordan Cooper explains in blog post that during burnout it’s to get excited about anything, “but the good news is that it’s not permanent. Everyday it’s easier to attain glimmers of interest, moments where your heart races as you lock in on new thinking.”
He’s experienced the ups-and-downs of burnout and unburning “you’d like to maintain yourself in a way where you don’t hit burn out, but I’m not sure that’s possible as CEO of a tech startup…just know that it’s normal…and that good things are around the corner.”
#4. Meditate Daily
Derek Flanzraich CEO and founder of Greatist told The Muse that meditation helps him avoid burnout. “Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, spending the time (especially in the early afternoon) to just breathe has been extraordinarily powerful for me. It keeps me fresh and sharp, and taking self-care seriously sets a great example for the rest of the team.”
#5. Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Take No For An Answer
Sophia Amoruso, the founder of NastyGal and the best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS, explained in a video for Entrepreneur that “The people who told me no were the people who eventually told me yes.” According to Entrepreneur “without any fashion or business experience before starting Nasty Gal, Amoruso credits much of her hard-earned success to her refusal to accept failure as an option.”