How to avoid burnout… this is the million-dollar question for so many of us, right? We want to help animals and the earth but it’s exhausting. And when other people don’t seem to be on board it gets even harder.
I’ve been struggling with burnout this year. Our move to Florida was announced a year ago, and the saga of deciding whether to go, and then executing on it has been… intense! I found myself with very little momentum to do anything.
I did however feel inspired to bounce back after watching my earth-loving friends slay their businesses and decided to ask them how they avoid burnout. It turned into this panel discussion. The overarching theme was:
SIMPLIFY. Begin by REALLY knowing ourselves. Choose our priorities by NARROWING DOWN and ONLY CHOOSING those that align with WHO WE ARE, and WHAT ACTUALLY WORKS in our life. And then STAY IN OUR LANE and keep delivering on those few priorities. Simple right? ;-)
Listen to the episode:
5 Simple Ideas to Avoid Burnout:
1. PRIORITIZE. Don’t chase all of our dreams at once. Choose a few, no more than five, to pursue at one time.
2. GET OUT. Find time to go outside, whether it be while taking phone calls, walking, sitting on a park bench, etc.
3. WORK FOR THE JOURNEY. Back to the famous quote “Life is a journey, not the destination.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, we can practice letting go of the idea that we’ll reach a certain point when we’ll feel settled and instead stay present.
4. DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT. Do what we can, when we can.
5. STAY IN OUR LANE. Rather than hoping to take part in every initiative, choose what works in our unique life. What narrowed focus can we take to make a difference?
Watch the episode:
Closed captioning transcript included in video. Subscribe on YouTube.
Important Links mentioned in this episode:
- Elaine Welteroth book, “More Than Enough” with the quote “You don’t grow when you don’t nourish your soul.”
- If you feel the need to avoid burnout right now, or would just like to connect with other small business owners, email me at hello@ForAnimalsForEarth.com or DM me on Instagram @ForAnimalsForEarth. Siham, Lindsey, Annemarie, and I are in a little Slack group of ladies who chat periodically to lift each other up. We’re always happy to have new people join us!
About Our Guests:
Lindsey is a marketing professional by trade, but a self-taught seamstress and sustainable fashion designer. She’s been vegan since college, and has been trying to find ways to protect animals in a meaningful way ever since!
Violet Revolt is an ethically produced, cause-driven, & sustainable fashion brand. Each piece is made from naturally-dyed, certified-organic plant fabrics in a revolt against the fast-fashion industry. A portion of every sale is donated to wildlife conservation.
Siham Omer is the founder of Wildly Black, a sustainable fashion brand. As a Black, female and immigrant business owner, she strives to empower women of color by providing access to not just the best sustainable products but by also inspiring and empowering BIPOC communities.
Wildly Black is a community-orientated fashion brand designed to diversify sustainable shopping and sizing by creating inclusive, fashionable, and versatile products.
Find her on Instagram at @WildlyBlack
Annemarie has served the Chicagoland fitness community for the past 38 years. She was the manager of The Chicago Sweat Shop, one of Chicago’s first aerobic studios, and her love for group exercise grew to inspire the opening of her own gym, Second Wind. 35 years later, she currently coaches high school girls cross country and works with clients to achieve physical, mental, emotional, and social health — regardless of environment, economic status, weight, or current health condition. The goal — SUSTAINABLE WELLness.
She loves the mountains, running, hiking, and all winter sports. She needs lots of alone time, local pizza and coffee shops, learning (she is a learner not a knower, thanks BB), and being with her husband, kids, dogs, and friends.