5 Ways To Avoid Burn Out
There’s so much information out there, that now more than ever, it’s so important to stay steeped in what you want to create personally. As yoga teachers, it’s tempting to go out and do a million different trainings, go to as many events as possible, and this is awesome!
What are some of the ways that this type of messy action can lead to burn out and how do you avoid it?
It’s important not to take too much advice from people who aren’t even invested in what you’re trying to accomplish. Sometimes, it seems like people know what you’re into, but they actually are very different from you.
This is not me trying to say I know everything, more the opposite. It’s me saying that as a small business, we couldn’t possibly be able to take in all the information we need in the beginning of starting a business.
If you’re a yoga teacher and some things aren’t working out, get really intentional and realize you’re only one person. It’s not about how many times you get back up after you fall, it’s about implementing tools that work quickly.
What can you do today to streamline focus your energy on how you want to show up as a yoga teacher?
There’s so many people to get advice from and as a new teacher it’s tempting to listen, “hustle,” do every training, and do a TON of research. There might even be multiple different types of yoga studios in your town and you’re not sure where to start. This is a lot for one person to manage. Think of progressive overload at the gym.
The person has to add on a certain amount of weight each rep to build muscle in a specific way.
This is the same with information when you’re first starting out.
If you’re overwhelmed by information, you’ll want to get more intentional about exactly how you want to show up and what you want your business to look like.
What’s one thing you already have that you know to be true about the way you teach? Show up as that today.
This type of coaching is about finding space to heal yourself WHILE extending yourself out into the world. Healing is ongoing. It’s always here for you. There are tools for you. You can heal, process feedback, and keep going all in this one extraordinary body you have. Keep going.
- Stay away from perfectionist mindset. If people are meant to stay in your life, they’ll find a way to stick around and keep an eye on what you’re doing. If something is on your mind, it will actually take you more energy not to share it. If you have an idea, take inspired action and share it. Done is better than perfect.
- Notice scarcity mindset. Notice it while it pops up in your mind. Before it has the moment to take you on a negative mental spin, thank it for being there, notice it, even allow it to be there. Don’t allow it to make any of your decisions. If you’re still having trouble catching your negative tailspins before they become destructive, try my yoga nidra download.
- Stay aware long enough to notice your mistakes. Stay present to what you can do differently to change and positively effect your business or side hustle as an instructor. If someone gives good feedback, notice it and apply it to your teaching. Click here for an article about how to discern between effective feedback and just pure negative commentary.
- Work for people that make sense to you, not just that you make sense for them. Change your perspective on who you work for. If you aren’t interested in hanging out with this studio owner outside of work or if there are multiple obvious differences in your personality, that could be indication that it’s not the right fit. It’s no worries, just move on, there are 8 billion people in the world. Even if they’re the only studio in your town and you’re not ready to open a studio, you’ll thank yourself in the long run for getting resourceful. Many people need yoga. A studio setting is not the only way to teach.
- Notice if you’ve been hard on yourself all day, or if you were in production mode or not. And from what intention..? What was your energy like? Did you produce out of lack or did you stay in hiding and not produce at all? Did you create out of inspiration?? Did you push as hard as possible? Did you stay aware of your energy throughout the day? What energy do you want to be creating/ inspiring/ teaching from?
Remember what you did today out of wisdom or right action. Maybe you picked up what an old woman dropped at the grocery store. Meditate and celebrate on how you did and remember all the ways you helped another person.
Setting an intention each morning goes beyond the yoga mat. It creates a reference point to come back to when you need to reconnect with being present and mindful.
It’s important to seal these personal questions at the beginning and end of your day by remembering what you did correctly.
As a yoga instructor, you’re a spearhead for philosophy, how yoga works, and how ancient wisdom pertains to the present day. That’s a lot of awesome. Celebrate it!