As the Founder of Women of Substance Radio Podcast, Female Entrepreneur Musician and the Female Musician Academy, I am no stranger to burnout. Today I share the classic (and not-so-classic) signs of burnout and the changes to make so you avoid burn out mode.

Burnout can effect anyone, in fact, I had my first bout with burnout in my corporate career. Extreme stress and pushing yourself too hard can lead to physical illness and mental depletion. During the recent Profitable Musician Summit, I knew I would be busy so I took proactive steps to keep my health and sanity in check. It got me thinking how hard Indie musicians work. Catching the signs of burnout before they take over can mean more progress, not only in projects, but an entire music career.

Signs of burnout:

  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of focus or engagement
  • Cynicism & Negativity:
  • It feels “heavy,” literally and figuratively
  • Numb or Seeking Solace in Addictive Behaviors

Make changes:

  • Goal-setting
  • Find help
  • Take a vacation or start planning a vacation
  • Location & Familiar vs New
  • Daily Routine of Downtime
  • Permission for a Little Mindless Entertainment
  • Find another creative outlet
  • Do JUST 3 things each day


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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic