How do affiliates burn out? Five signs of emotional exhaustion
No one notices how the one who checks the statistics for days cries at night. This could be said about any affiliate who launches his advertising campaigns. Affiliates don’t idealize their craft, but that doesn’t mean they don’t burn out. Behind the success, high conversions and leads, there is always a person who invests both physically and mentally.
Burnout Syndrome (BS) can be called one of the main problems of our generation. Have you noticed how suddenly everyone around built workaholism into a cult? Every third (and maybe second) seems to boast of working without days off, holidays, and good sleep. Now society condemns those who do not plow. Hence the indifference to everything, anxiety, and pessimism. After all, often behind the frenzied workaholism lies the usual loneliness. Money is important, but if it becomes the central meaning in your life, it is worth considering. An affiliate is something between a businessman and an employee. And when you think you’re self-employed, your 24/7 life belongs to the opposite screen.
Why affiliates burn out
One of the main reasons is expectation VS reality. In affiliate marketing, you can earn $100,000 by investing $1,000, but not everyone can make such a profit. Beginners often lose money, become disillusioned with the industry, and lose interest in it. Those who remain are constantly under stress due to high expectations and the pursuit of happiness. Additionally, the nerves are shaken by the eternal problems with bans, sheaves from affiliate programs, unscrupulous partners, and advertisers who, as a result, do not pay money. In addition, high competition does not allow the affiliate to exhale – there are too many specialists on the market, and you constantly need to be alert. And the path to continuous and high profits can take from several months to six months – and this is again stress, to which anxiety is added. While the affiliate is making bumps, checking approaches, and testing creatives, emotional burnout affects both the psyche and the hormonal background.
Below are the symptoms of emotional burnout. Found something familiar?
Symptoms of emotional exhaustion
- mood changes (persistent pessimistic thoughts, anger, apathy, irritation, hopelessness, anxiety)
- reduced performance
- thinking problems (impaired memory and concentration, forgetfulness, lack of imagination)
- sleep problems (insomnia, trouble falling asleep)
- problems with social impact (alienation, inability to connect with other people)
What happens to the human body during BS
First and most obvious, burnout releases a huge amount of stress hormones. For example, the main stress hormone – cortisol (hydrocortisone) – is produced in the human body by the outer layer of the adrenal glands. It has a direct effect on the metabolism and can provoke a bunch of diseases. With a constant release of cortisol, a person has a rapid heartbeat, high blood sugar, excess weight on the stomach, and red stretch marks – all of which indicate the threat of type 2 diabetes. Therefore, if stress has become your constant friend, it will not be superfluous to check your hormonal background.
Other ailments can also be added to diabetes. Elevated cortisol makes the body feel like it’s being threatened — it “turns on” fight-or-flight mode. Because of this, habits change that lead to digestive problems, weight loss or gain, and a decline in the immune and reproductive systems. Cortisol also affects anxiety. For the third day in a row, think about what you would say to a colleague who raised his voice at you. Well, welcome to the club. We are sure that, more than once or twice, the industry’s best brains suffered from insomnia over and over again, scrolling through the problems, conflicts, and stories of bygone days. The good news is that there are many such people and ways to deal with it.
How to overcome emotional burnout
Rescue of drowning – work drowning. The first and most important thing is admitting that a person suffers from burnout syndrome. Yes, some admit they are alcoholics, while others admit they are burnt out. Having agreed with the presence of a problem, then you need to analyze your lifestyle and change it. Perhaps even see a therapist or doctor. If this step seems too heavy, you can try the following:
A change of scenery. Fabulous Bali, a mountain trip or a sanatorium in the area – a change of location and refusal (at least for a while) from communication and the Internet can help to reboot. It is important to be alone with yourself and sort out your thoughts. Let’s be honest, it’s been too long since you checked your screen time. After turning off the computer, one hand reaches out to check Instagram, and the other to turn on a new series of some series on Netflix. And we are not talking about those who have several screens on their desktop.
You should not grab the phone every 5 minutes – without you, the world will not collapse, but it is better to save the psyche. It’s not for nothing that the whole of Silicon Valley is obsessed with mental health. Maintaining mental health is becoming the most significant trend among the young and successful.
Physical activity. A 30-minute workout a day will definitely make you happier. This is because physical activity stimulates the production of “hormones of happiness” – dopamine, endorphin, serotonin, and oxytocin. To get started, try a light exercise in the morning, yoga or Pilates, gradually gaining momentum in your workouts.
Balanced diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein are the things without which your body breaks down and loses strength. What is the best food to eat? Scientists from the Nutrition Network of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology have found that the Mediterranean diet helps fight depression and anxiety. Therefore, it is worth including olive oil, fresh vegetables, herbs, garlic, onions, seafood, and fish in your diet.
Restriction of tobacco and alcohol. Smoking and addiction to a glass or two also affect the “hormones of happiness”, gradually destroying their presence in the body. If you can’t do without it, try to reduce your usual dose for the evening and dilute alcohol with non-carbonated water.
Sleeping mode. For serotonin and melatonin to be produced in large quantities, you need to go to bed at the same time every night and sleep between 7 and 9 hours. Psychiatrists from all over the world advise not to use gadgets two hours before bedtime. Put your phone on silent and read a book at night. We are sure you also have a rack of books on your shelf that you once bought and never read. If reading doesn’t work out, but Netflix is your best friend, check out the Headspace cycle. This is a guide to meditation, healthy sleep, and enlightenment through various practices from the application of the same name. Well, chamomile tea or a magnesium B6 tablet before bed will not hurt either. Sound sleep is the key to health, both mental and physical.
And remember: the one who did not burn out and did not live at all. But the one who coped with burnout lives for real.
Have you experienced burnout?
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