Contractors, builders, and remodelers, who are in business for themselves are at high risk for burnout. Long days, backlogged projects, and simply having too much on your plate for too long can lead to this form of work related exhaustion, which is essentially a physical and mental collapse caused by being overworked for an extended period of time. When you feel work related stress and anxiety mounting, consider utilizing these stress management tips in order to avoid burning out.
Take Time Off
The thought of taking time off may sound absurd, but it can also be the best thing for you. Giving yourself the time to step away and recharge can increase your energy and motivation for when you return. You’re probably thinking about all the tasks and jobs that will build up while you are away, but remember that work will always be there. As long as the top priority jobs are in the hands of your trusted team while you take a much needed break, you should rest easy and try to enjoy yourself.
Increase Your Self Efficacy
When you’re overworked and stressed it can be easy to get down on yourself. Many people at risk for burnout may allow it to start eating away at their self-worth, questioning why they can’t handle the workload and whether they are well suited for their job. Don’t let stress make you question your career. When you’re stressed, it’s more important than ever to believe in your own abilities and to have confidence in your work. Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you don’t have the capabilities to get the job done right.
We would venture to guess that whoever came up with the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself” didn’t know how to delegate. Relinquishing control can be tough, especially when you can get a job done faster and more effectively. But the fact remains, you can’t do everything. If you refuse to delegate, then a lot of work simply might not get done, or at least not on time. If you want to grow your business and still maintain some semblance of a personal life, you will have to learn how to delegate tasks out to your team. The key to spreading the work without making it harder on yourself is to thoroughly train your team and prepare for a learning curve. It will get harder before it gets better, but once they know what they are doing, it will make your life easier.
Easier said than done, right? Managing stress is tough because often the thing that is stressing you out (too much work and not enough time in the day) doesn’t seem like a problem that will go away anytime soon. There are, however, many things you can do throughout the day that will help you breathe easier at night and manage the stresses of your work life. And speaking of night, for starters, getting more sleep is a must. If stress is keeping you up at night, try having a quiet hour before you go to bed so your mind can unwind before you hit the sheets. Avoiding caffeine and making time for exercise a few times a week will also go a long way to help you sleep, and therefore, reduce anxiety throughout the day. Finally, practicing deep breathing and meditation can help bring you back down to earth when your mind is swirling with worries.
When you’re overwhelmed with work, it can be difficult to know where to start. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a step back, give yourself a break, and start taking the time to tend to your mental and physical health before diving back in.