This week on the Capture Crew Podcast we are talking with Rachel Lee about burnout. What it is, how to identify it, what causes it, and what to do once you realize you’re experiencing it.
Rachel Lee is a wedding photographer from the Minnesota and Wisconsin area and Florida. She also appeared on The Capture Crew Podcast, Season 1 Episode 9 to talk about styled shoots and lay flats. You can listen to that here.
For everyone, burnout can look different. Burnout happens most to people who really care about what they do and want to do good work. It’s easy to lose sight of your health and the things that are weighing on you when you’re so focused on your work.
While there are 5 stages of burnout, the past few years with Covid-19 added another layer of stress.
It’s normal if you have felt emotional whiplash, especially with restrictions constantly changing or being different for each venue. Postponements from weddings have added an unforeseen layer of stress, too.
Some of the top stressors that Christora, Tom and Rachel shared in this weeks episode included expectations, both of self and perceived client expectations. Family pressures and needing to uphold boundaries both with business and family have felt stronger than ever. The dichotomy of family vs. business is something every business owner struggles with but during the last few years has been amplified ten fold.
As a business owner you are probably very familiar with people not understanding your creative small business management. Often from the outside, it is hard for people to see beyond taking photos and editing them. They don’t see the marketing, networking, administrative work. They don’t see the hours spent planning social media and responding to client inquiries non-stop.
It’s important to remember that things will get done when they get done and there is a time to work and a time to rest.
Curious what the 5 Stages of Burnout are?
Onset of Stress
If you feel you resonate with feeling burnt out, here’s some tips to help you recharge.
Reach out to your community. Whether it’s family or close friends, let someone know how you’re feeling. Sometimes just talking about what you’re going through will help alleviate some of the burden.
Take time for yourself. You may need to communicate to your clients that you’re taking some time off, especially if your current boundaries are not set very clearly. But you cannot pour from an empty cup. It might feel like you can’t take a day to yourself, but if you don’t take time for yourself, the stress will continue to snowball which could lead to detrimental results.
Exercise. Find time in the afternoon for go for a walk. It doesn’t have to be anything remarkable, but fresh air and moving your body will help you recharge and reset.
Find help. If none of the above is making a dent in your mental health, it is absolutely okay and encouraged that you reach out to a trained therapist to help you navigate these challenging times. You have to take care of yourself. You are important and valued and worthy of receiving the care you need to feel like your best self.
To read more about the 5 Stages of Burnout, check out the article Rachel references here.