6 Signs That You Are Doing Too Much
Is it possible that you're doing too much? Yes. And it's actually very likely that you are. Something you already know is that too much of anything isn’t good and most business owners and leaders are feeling the pressure to Level Up and will overextend themselves.
If you've been focusing only on things that will benefit you now or in the long run, then you're on the right track. That doesn’t mean that you have room to add more to your plate!
If any of these 6 signs makes you say “YES!”, then it's time for you to do a bit of self-care, take a mental break, go away for a while.
Here are 6 signs you are doing too much:
You’re Mentally and Physically Exhausted
Being a hard worker is admirable but you want to give yourself time to recover and recuperate between projects and sometimes during projects. If you can no longer function then you’ve gone too far and have done too much. And you're not good to yourself or anyone else.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author says, “Most of a person’s tasks, even all of them, could be individually rewarding and done for a good purpose, but taken as a whole they’re often too much. It’s certainly gotten this way for me.
This is interesting and maybe a way we have never thought of our similar circumstances.
Action Tip: Take a vacation or break of any sort NOW!
You’re Always Stressed and Anxious
If you’re always on edge and you've noticed (or been told) that you're never happy, that means you need to think about scaling it back a little. Stress is one of the first signs that you’re doing too much.
Treat your body with respect and it’ll treat you accordingly.
Action Tip: Determine why you are stressed and anxious and how to change it or get help for it.
You’ve Lost Interest
A loss of interest means something is no longer fun or enjoyable to you anymore. This doesn’t mean you have to let it go forever. It just means you’ve done it too much and for too long.
It is possible, due to a change in priorities, that your interest has just been lost, but in many cases, it's mental and physical burn out that are the cause the lack of interest.
It's time for a mental break
Take time to evaluate why you’re doing what you’re doing
Action Tip: Self-care on purpose with a long weekend, a long-desired road trip, a visit to a local retreat center/lake/cabin/spa
People Start To Take Notice
When you do too much, the stress starts to pour over into your personality and demeanor. You're more on edge and people notice this.
They may be concerned about you as the exhaustion may be interfering with your relationships and such.
Action Tip: Make sure your family and loved ones know that you may be a little stressed due to excess work
You Start Noticing Health problems
The worst thing that could happen to you when you’re taking on too much is that your body isn’t functioning the same and you don’t feel the same physically.
It’s time to not only cut back but a Doctor’s visit may be necessary to rule out any other more serious problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk of injury and disease rises as employees experience longer stretches of job stress. Cardiovascular disease and many problems can occur as a result.\
Action Tip: Get to the Doctor's office immediately
You’re No Longer Enjoying Life
This should never be the case but in many instances it is. This happens when you’re not satisfied with your current lifestyle. This is when immediate help is needed and you may want to think about making serious changes in your routine.
This is best handled by communicating all of your issues; whether that be in your workplace, at home, or dealing with yourself.
If you’re doing too much, do yourself a favor and stop. Reevaluate what you’re doing and make changes accordingly.