You’d think it would be easy to tell when you’re working too hard as a business owner. Unfortunately, though, our bodies have this remarkable way of adjusting to the demands we place on them, and this can make it extremely hard to see the signs that we need to take it easy.
If you’re passionate about your business, you may have the attitude that there’s no such thing as working too hard. This is wrong! Here are a few signs that you need to start going easier on yourself.
You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Socialized
This one can be a seriously rude awakening for a lot of new business owners. You turn down an invitation for a meal, a shopping trip, or just a quick drink, and the person who’s asking points out that you’ve spent the last four weekends at your computer rather than out living life.
Yes, most of your friends may not understand what it’s like to have uncertain profit margins to worry about, but that doesn’t mean that you should go on letting these opportunities to socialize pass you by! If you can’t get out and socialize once in a while because you’re too busy taking care of tasks at your business, then it may be time to hire an assistant, organize some office cleaning services, or make some kind of other large change. If you don’t unplug once in a while, you’re sure to end up hitting a burnout!
You’re Not the Lovely Boss You Once Were
As you pile more onto your workload and push your brain harder and harder, you may find that being nice to your employees, partners, and everyone else doesn’t come as naturally as it did at one point. We all have stressful days where something trivial about the way someone behaves serves as the last straw, and we snap at them in a way that really wasn’t called for. It’s only a problem when this becomes habit.
If you find yourself berating waiters or customer service agents, ordering your workers around without saying “please” and “thank you”, or getting angry at your kids much more often than you used to, then it’s certainly time to review your workload and take it easier.
Your Body’s Showing Worrying Changes
Here’s something that might surprise you: it’s not all that uncommon for workaholics to experience rapid, premature hair loss. What’s worse is that many people manage to ignore this, make excuses, and cause the issue to become worse and worse. Stress has serious repercussions on our bodies. Different people react in different ways, so don’t think you’re safe just because you have a full head of hair!
Insomnia, rapid weight loss or gain, headaches, stomach aches, and all kinds of other symptoms can come as a result of working yourself too hard. Yes, there are medicines and dietary changes that can make you feel better. However, those won’t change the fact that your body’s rejecting the amount of stress you’re putting it through! If you or anyone else notices abrupt changes in your body, make a point of chilling out.