It can hit you out of nowhere. You’ve got a lot of things on your plate. Client meeting, sales calls, research and developments, late night projects. Slowly you start to run out of energy.

When your physical and emotional energy is severely depleted from working too hard, you instinctively start to withdraw from what’s causing you stress. The need to make income no matter the circumstance can really take a toll on you mentally and physically.

Take regular breaks and enforce time off

The easiest and most effective way of avoiding burnout is making sure you take enough breaks. Many people might think that just because you are responsible for creating your own schedule means you can work as little as you like. What generally happens is quite the opposite. Since it’s up to you to bring income you’ve got a lot of pressure to bring in more business no matter how late it is.

Unfortunately, work can all too easily start to encroach on your evenings and weekends as well. So, remember to take breaks away from work, preferable as many as you can.

Work from a different location

Taking a break from your normal routine by working in a different environment can be enough to reinvigorate your creativity and give you a fresh perspective.

If your schedule is so packed that you feel you can’t take time out, then try switching up your location. If you normally work from your home office, try getting to work in a local coffee shop for a for a while. If you usually work in a co-working space, try working from a library or other place with open space with good sunlight.



Learn when to say “no”

Sometimes it may feel like because you don’t have a lot of clients that you have to say yes to anyone that comes your way. But this can quickly hurt your business. Bringing on the wrong clients or over-promising by accepting every project is an unnecessary way to overstretch yourself, especially if the project is not your expertise.

Over time you must learn to focus on your own skills and niche. Recognize that when a potential client comes your way, they may cause you more stress than the work they’re bringing in is worth.

Establish realistic expectations for what you can and cannot accomplish.

Just as important as saying “no” so is setting the right expectations. Try to set goals that are attainable. Shorten your to-do list, give yourself some down time when needed and understand that some things just take a process. Nothing great is built overnight.

 Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help.

If you start to feel overwhelmed, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Ask a friend or family member. You can even hire an affordable virtual assistant to help you with small task.

Take Care of You So You Can Take Care of Others.


Working yourself into exhaustion not only hurts your physical health but it can make your products or services suffer. When you aren’t your best neither is your business.

Do things that you find enjoyable. I love to write and read my favorite books on my down time. This allows me to feel relief and come back to a project ready to go. All in all, be mindful about your mental health. If you don’t feel your best remember to take a break and relax.

Just remember, you’ve got this! Don’t get too stressed out about what needs to be accomplished. Try to enjoy the process and keep learning all you can.