Overcoming Entrepreneurial Burnout: Recognizing and Combating Burnout



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June 4, 2024

Entrepreneurship is exhilarating, rewarding, and often all-consuming. 

The drive to build something from the ground up can lead to long hours, high stress, and burnout. 

Recognizing the signs of burnout and taking actionable steps to combat it is crucial for your well-being and the success of your business. 

I’ve combated burnout on many different occasions, which resulted from overworking, whether hours, days, weeks, or months. 

To not getting enough rest or rejuvenation.

Here's how you can do it.

Recognizing the Early Signs of Burnout

Burnout often creeps up on you. Knowing the signs can help you catch it early. 

If you feel constantly fatigued, lose interest in tasks that once excited you, experience irritability and mood swings, struggle with declining productivity, or face physical symptoms like headaches and digestive issues, it's time to take action.

Practical Solutions for Entrepreneurial Burnout

1. Prioritize Self-Care

Taking care of your body and mind is non-negotiable. 

Schedule daily self-care activities, such as exercising regularly, eating nutritious foods, and aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. 

Creating a bedtime routine can also help improve sleep quality.

Having a schedule for when to sleep and wake up is very helpful.

2. Set Boundaries

As an entrepreneur, it's easy to blur the lines between work and personal life. 

Set clear boundaries by designating specific work hours, creating a dedicated workspace, and unplugging work-related notifications outside these hours.

While working with your laptop on the couch may seem easy and chill, it could greatly hinder your progress and productivity.

3. Delegate and Outsource

You don't have to do everything yourself. 

Free up your time and reduce stress by identifying tasks to delegate, hiring help like employees, freelancers, or virtual assistants, and using technology to automate repetitive tasks.

While this may depend on what stage you’re in your business, it may be something to keep note of for the future. 

4. Build a Support Network

Having a strong support system can make a significant difference. 

Find a mentor for guidance, join entrepreneur groups to connect with peers, and lean on family and friends to share your experiences and feelings.

I run an amazing community for Vancouver entrepreneurs called Mentee!

5. Take Breaks and Vacations

Regular breaks and vacations are essential for long-term productivity and mental health. 

Incorporate short breaks into your daily routine to recharge, and plan regular getaways to disconnect and relax.

I do this often, and let me tell you, it works wonders. 

I return refreshed and ready to take on new challenges whenever I’m back in action. 

Long-Term Strategies for Sustaining Entrepreneurial Energy

Reconnect with your mission and vision to reignite your passion, break down big goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and celebrate small wins to stay motivated. 

Invest in your personal and professional growth by attending workshops, reading books, and staying updated on industry trends. (I’ve invested well over six figures into myself, and it has paid for itself tenfold). 

Embrace challenges as opportunities to grow and practice gratitude and positive thinking to maintain a resilient mindset.


Burnout is a common challenge for entrepreneurs, but it's manageable. 

By recognizing the signs early and implementing these practical solutions, you can maintain your health, happiness, and business success. 

Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury—it's a necessity. 

Stay vigilant, prioritize self-care, and build a support network to thrive as an entrepreneur.

Feeling burnt out or trying to figure out where to go next?

Check out Mentee, the all-in-one community for entrepreneurs here!

Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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