Burnout is one of the biggest threats to entrepreneurs, regardless of the industry you work in. Starting and maintaining your own business is a huge amount of work. Many entrepreneurs thrive on that kind of pressure and level of work, but no matter how much you love it, it can still become overwhelming at times. If you ever reach the level of completely burning out, it can be debilitating to your business and self. You may get seriously ill, be unable to work for a period of time, or see your personal life suffer. As you start and grow your own business, utilize these tips to avoid burnout.

Learn the signs

The best way to protect yourself from burnout is to learn the signs. If you begin to think you’re on the verge of burnout, it means you can take steps to stop it from happening. If you catch burnout early on, it’ll be much less serious. You’ll be able to take a short break and reevaluate where you are instead of having to take significant time off to recover.

Enjoy a hobby

A hobby that you spend regular time on that allows you to decompress is a great way to avoid burnout. For me, I enjoy taking fishing trips, sometimes alone, with friends, or with my family. Any hobby that you love gives you the ability to take a step back from your business and get a change of scenery. It gives your mind a break and reduces stress.

Create a support system

If you want to avoid burnout, having a strong support system behind you can make all the difference. Create a support system of friends and family who you can bounce ideas off of and vent to about work. In your home, it’s important to be on the same page about your job as well. Discuss how to divide household work and keep your family aware of your busiest times. Having a support system at work is important too, but having impartial people outside the office makes all of the difference.

Take clear breaks

Part of the reason entrepreneurs are so prone to burnout is because they do not know how to take breaks from their business. Whether it’s simply setting a stop time each evening or it’s taking a week-long vacation, you need to find time to destress and move away from work. You might think too much has to be done, but you’ll feel even more refreshed when you return from that break.

Delegate your tasks

Some entrepreneurs worry about delegating important tasks to others, especially when a business is in its early stages. Everything is so vital, it can seem like no one will do it as well as you. However, you need to make sure you have employees that you trust to do a great job on their own projects. You should still regularly check in with your employees, but learn how to take some tasks off of your plate.