What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Do you take a break or go on vacation? Do you read a good book or focus on your self-care? Do you like to light a candle, pull out your journal, and read through quotes for overwhelmed female entrepreneurs like these? Or maybe you try and push through, you just continue to work and hope the feeling goes away…
Did you know that 48% of female entrepreneurs struggle with the high expectations of being a business owner and are more likely to experience burnout than men? Or that 70% of female entrepreneurs regularly experience feeling overwhelmed?
The point I’m trying to make here is that you’re not alone and that it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed running your own business.
There are so many different things you can do to get rid of overwhelm – and even prevent it – and I won’t pretend that it’s going to be a quote that does it. But, quotes are great places to pull inspiration from and give insight into what entrepreneurs in the past did when they experienced overwhelm.
And if these quotes can inspire just a little bit of change or help you find a way that helps you prevent or lessen your anxiety and overwhelm, then I’ve achieved my goal!
There’s something about quotes that gets me thinking – like, I rarely ever take a quote at surface value and I encourage you to do the same. Quotes are meant to give inspiration and be interpreted to help you figure out what you’re experiencing or work through your emotions.
The same applies to these quotes for overwhelmed female entrepreneurs, so take them as you read them and then go a little deeper. Here are some of my favorite quotes that help me deal with overwhelm:
When you’re overwhelmed, every little thing is a daunting task or trial. Our brains simply can’t handle everything at once and begin to see things as “threats” thanks to our nervous system.
I love this quote because while it might not relieve all of your anxiety and overwhelm (which is hard to do with just a quote anyway), it takes the focus off of things that you can’t control and back onto what you can which is a great way to re-ground yourself and get into a manageable space.
If there’s something I’ve learned as a seasoned entrepreneur (and as a business owner who sold their six-figure business) it’s that we’re living in our seasons – and there is a season for everything.
As female entrepreneurs, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by everything we see online. The success of others, the opportunities to expand, the push to ‘hustle’ for success, and it’s just not possible to do it all without pushing yourself into burnout.
One of my intentions or resolutions for the New Year is to slow down. To appreciate where I’m at and really consider what serves me and brings me joy – and let go of what doesn’t.
I don’t think you should do exactly what they do, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, think about what they might do. How would they handle overwhelm? How would they treat themselves?
The women I look up to would treat themselves with grace and give themselves space from what’s overwhelming them. Other women I look up to I imagine that they’re sitting back and deep-diving into why they’re experiencing overwhelm and what they can do in the future to tackle it before it starts.
A lot of overwhelm in business stems from putting your to-do list first rather than putting yourself first. And, as business owners, or more specifically, entrepreneurs, we’re often working alone – meaning putting ourselves on the back burner is unintentionally putting our business there too.
When we step back and prioritize ourselves, we’re able to focus fully on our business when the time comes. We’re more prepared to do hard things, to cope with bad days, and be productive when we need it.
When the thought “I can’t take a break, there’s too much to do” comes, that’s a sign that you need to take a break.
The hustle culture has been ingrained in us entrepreneurs, that to prove our value and be successful we need to hustle – we need to work 24/7 and that’s how we’re going to build the business of our dreams.
And it’s simply not true. If you’re working 24/7, you’re not going to be able to enjoy the business or life you’ve built. You’ll be so mentally drained, that there’s no joy in what you’re doing – which I believe is such a necessity for entrepreneurs, to find joy in what you’re doing.
Taking a break is the only solution to feeling overwhelmed in the moment. Unlike what you might think, pushing yourself through your overwhelm is going to backfire in a not-so-good way aka you’re gonna get burnt out really quickly.
You have to take a step back whether that’s for an hour, a day, a week, or even a month if possible. Once you’ve dealt with your overwhelm and life (and business) feels more manageable, put into place practices and routines that help you prevent getting to that point again.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Entrepreneurship can be as freeing as it is lonely – so don’t hesitate to reach out or find a business community for support if you’re struggling.What do you think? Have you ever experienced being overwhelmed as a female entrepreneur? What are you doing to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and stepping back when you need to? Let me know in the comments below!