Burnout is something anyone can suffer from, but it’s especially common among the self employed. Why? Because entrepreneurs tend to work long hours building their businesses and pleasing clients. Writers are no exception.
Burnout has many symptoms in common with depression and other disorders. The difference is burnout lasts for a shorter period of time and is clearly caused by situational stress.
It can be dangerous to your career because it can undo everything you’ve built. In addition, it can be dangerous to your health and contribute to illness and weight gain as well as substance abuse.
Signs of Burnout
Some of the signs of burnout include:
- Feeling tired all day long.
- All your days are bad ones.
- Your work doesn’t bring you fulfilment. You’re either overworked or bored.
- Lack of motivation.
- Sense of being hopeless or helpless.
- Change in sleeping or eating habits.
Signs of Burnout in a Writer
The signs of burnout in a writer also include:
- Making stupid grammatical and punctuation mistakes.
- Not caring if your client is satisfied with the quality of your work.
- Lacking motivation or enthusiasm for projects that formerly interested you.
How to Prevent Burnout
The best way to deal with burnout is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Your business, clients and quality of work will thank you.
Tips for preventing burnout:
- Establish clear office hours so you know each day how long you’ll be working and how long you’ll be off.
- Take time to spend with friends and family.
- Exercise and eat right.
- Outsource work if possible.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
Have you ever suffered from burnout? How did you overcome it?