Building a business is a lot of work, especially in the beginning ‘solopreneur’ stage. We often have a lot on our plate, and we tend to put consistent pressure on ourselves. Experiencing burnout, overwhelm, and chronic stress is all too familiar in the entrepreneurial space; however, understanding what you’re experiencing, how it’s affecting you, and your limits are crucial for preventing the physical and mental effects of long-term stress. In this episode, we are diving into all things around burnout and chronic stress as an entrepreneur with Dr. Amanda Shea.
Dr. Amanda Chay is a Naturopathic Physician, store owner, and business consultant for wellness professionals. Running a busy clinic, online education platform, and brick & mortar store, she realized the most common cause of hormone imbalance and chronic disease was chronic stress. Her background as both a doctor and owner/founder of multiple corporations has made her an expert in optimizing wellness and peak performance in body, mind, and business.
In this episode, we cover…
- Chronic Stress, What it means and how to identify it
- Recognizing the signs of burnout
- The difference between chronic stress and burnout
- The connection between cortisol and inflammation
- Actionable steps for recovery from burnout
- Setting and defining boundaries for preventing overwhelm and stress
“When you’re in that chronic fight or flight mode, like you have so much on your plate, you were late for the bus, or you got in a fight with your spouse, whatever it is, all these little things, our bodies start increasing cortisol. So you’re always in this kind of high cortisol state. And that’s when people tend to feel more anxious and overwhelmed, tired, but wired.”
“Burnout is so hard to define because it’s not actually like a medical condition. I think of it as typically, like low crash cortisol.”
“I think as entrepreneurs, we’re always in the thinking, growing, expanding kind of phase in our mind. It’s like, oh, what’s next? What other cool things could I do? It’s hard, I think, for entrepreneurs to be in the moment of being like, look at what I have and what’s here. I think we’re always kind of chasing the next thing. And that makes it hard just to calm down and be in the moment.”
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