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How Do You Survive Burnout?

This is not a legal blog. Today it is a real talk blog. I spoke with a client this morning who immediately said after a very different topic of conversation that she needs a break after the last six months. A break from everything, where she does not have to worry about the kids, work, money or tomorrow. My reaction to her in my mind was preach sister. I know that it has been a turbulent time for everyone. We as business owners have been through it for the last two and a half quarters. We started 2020 with a rosy outlook thinking we were going to knock it out of the park. We were faced with unprecedented challenges both personally and professionally. It is ok to be tired, you be desperate, and to be defeated.

Businesses across the country are closing. The landscape of being a business owner and a FitPro changes on a day to day basis. The pent up fear of the unknown and the future of your business and livelihood is overwhelming at times. It is even more difficult when you have to navigate the professional landscape while juggling your personal responsibilities. There are changes that became necessary that you may have never considered before. You learned to zoom workouts and training sessions, you figured out how to maintain income flow while reducing your numbers and being compliant with the local and state regulations. It is a difficult course to navigate without doubt. That's why it becomes so necessary to admit that you are not ok. That you need a break, a glass of wine, a shopping spree, a vacation or a partner to shoulder the load and not in that order is nothing to be ashamed of. We've all been there and some continue to be. The new normal is hard and makes finding a rhythm even harder.

The news is negative, the world is in chaos and you are trying to keep your head above water in your business. It is abundantly important to not let the global macro view effect your local micro business. What happens at the national level may not be what you're going to experience locally or in your business. So keep your blinders on with an eye towards policy changes. It is important to keep plugging away at your business and keep getting creative. You don't operate in a bubble but it is going to be abundantly clear that the only means to survival is going to be pivot, produce, and don't panic. I am not so naive that everyone will survive and will have a rosy future, but the idea is to try to keep your head above water and not let the dismal outlook catch up to you.

Take some time for yourself. Figure out the place where you can a breath, have glass of wine, and think of anything except for COVID, virtual learning or your bottom line. The stress will be there when you get back to it, but your mental health will be in a better place to be able to handle whatever the World throws at you next. Buy the shoes, drink the wine and go on vacation if that's what brings you happiness.

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