Psychic Burnout: Signs, Symptoms and What You Can Do To Recover
Have you been feeling exhausted? Getting irritated by all the emails you’ve received . . .or the lack thereof? Don’t want to help another person, or else you’re gonna scream?
Welcome to the burnout club.
If you’ve experienced any of these feelings, you aren’t alone.
Burnout is physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress and when you’re a psychic medium working independently, you wear many hats.
- a business owner
- an entrepreneur
- administrative and customer support
- the sales and marketing team
- accounting and billing
Psychic mediums aren’t just mediums. They’re everything to everyone.
5 Signs You’ve Burnt out
You’re irritated when anyone asks you for help with anything. This is the worst one of all, because your job is to help - so getting irritated when someone asks you for it, is one of the things we beat ourselves up most about. You aren’t a “bad psychic” for not caring or not being compassionate, you just need some alone time.
You’ve started to experience muscle pain in your hands, arms, back or neck. You know this, intuitive healer. Physical symptoms are almost always spiritual symptoms that are now screaming out for attention. Because so many spiritual workers are guided by their passion, they don’t stop working when they really do need a break. So, muscle pain is the #1 most innocent sign our bodies and our Guides send us to cue us that it’s time to slow down. If you don’t listen now, it could get worse.
You don’t know where to go next and you don’t have any ideas for it either. Idea block! If your creative juices are normally flowing like wine and suddenly you’re all out of juice - it’s because you need a break - and your Guides likely won’t give you more until you take one.
You don’t have the energy to respond to social posts - emails, comments, etc. It can wait, you know. If the person is not an actively paying client, you can give yourself up to 2 weeks to reply - and actually, you never have to, if you don’t want.
You’ve flipped out on an innocent bystander. Did your husband get hot lava all over him when the volcano exploded? It’s okay, he will forgive, but you do have to apologize. If you are blowing up on innocent people, this is a major sign you’re under too much pressure and you need to give yourself some time away.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms?
If so, congratulations, you’re a normal human.
It’s normal to get overworked when you live by your passion and when you try to be everything to everyone.
As a psychic medium who also runs her own business, I know this truth very well.
The above signs are the primary symptoms of burnout, however, the number one cause of burnout is a lack of space.
You get burned out because you are not giving yourself enough space away from your work to actually rest. You have a body and a mind, and neither of these things are always primed to keep up with that go-go-go spirit of yours. Blog posting until midnight, never taking a day off from readings or clients, checking your phone before you even pee in the morning for emails and replying to client requests after dinner time - I’ve been there - and trust me - it’s the wrong road to go down.
So Here Are Some Tips To Avoid (and Recover from) Burnout:
The main cause of burnout is a lack of necessary space and time spent for regrouping. the below listed tips are designed to give you both more time and more space.
Create An Email Buffer.
If you’ve ever emailed me, you’d see an immediate email bounce back that lets people know it’ll be a few days before you get a reply. There’s a reason for this - psychic mediums (and other intuitive healers) have the social stigma of also being charities. I get it - we help and often times - we over help - so we partially do it to ourselves. Anyway, create a ‘bounce back’ like this through Gmail Canned Responses to give yourself some virtual barriers for a little more room to breathe in form of a day or two before you have to reply. It’ll help. Immensely.
Develop a FAQ pages.
This one piggy backs off the previous - lots of emails, questions and inquiries that you’ll receive as an intuitive business owner are THE SAME. Start making a list of the most common things people ask you and put it into a nice FAQ page. I bet you can think of 7-10 things right now. Then, send a link to this FAQ page in your bounce back email. Boom - questions . . . insta-answered. Here’s my FAQs page for reference - feel free to model it (but please don’t plagiarize it!) - and remember - even if we do the same thing essentially, our baseline audiences are different - so the people who reach out to you will likely have different questions from those that I have listed.
I’ve just decreased the time you'll spend on administration down dramatically, for the rest of your life.
Set Work Boundaries.
I have a rule. I can work on creative (me) stuff such as articles, videos, meditations, reading, and research any time I want - 2 in the morning for all anyone cares! BUT I can’t take in ‘other people’s energy’ after the hour of 7 pm EST. On the exclusion of class nights, I follow this rule to a T - and it’s helped a lot. Most of the emails you get - even those written in an emergency tone - can wait until normal business hours.
When you give yourself space from ‘helping’ other people, you give yourself the much needed time to rebound, and refill that well - so that you can go on giving in a genuine, non-irritated way.
Take a Client Break.
This one I learned from Debra Katz, a mentor and friend of mine, who gave this advice to me when I was going through my own burnout period a couple of years ago.
Consider following this monthly schedule for your private readings: Three Weeks ON/One Week OFF
Readings can be intense! And giving a lot of them without any breaks, is one of the primary causes of intuitive burnout - continual, non-stop readings/healings lends to lots of energy drain with no time to recover. The reason why you may be giving too many readings? I also get. Money. So head on to the next tip . . .
Develop Some Products that Make Money While You Sleep.
Money. I get it. If private sessions are your main income source and you aren’t making any unless you are offering them, taking time off can be hard to fathom. Most psychic mediums have a hard enough time making it as it is, let alone, making it while taking so many breaks. So, to solve this, create some things you can sell that don’t require your immediate energy all the time. Sellables such as eBooks, Video Intensives, Recorded Live Classes, etc - are common, popular offerings in the entrepreneur industry, as time-tested ways to make money and help people - but for whatever reason, lots of intuitives DON’T take advantage of this. Take Advantage!
Remember, if you are helping people with the ‘sellables’ you create, you aren’t selling out - you are doing the world a good service while making income at the same time. These items are especially helpful when you aren’t or can’t be available for booking - due to a burnout, a vacation or any other time you need to take a break from being continually "on call."
In my Marketing for Mediums eCourse, we talk about all the different ways you can expand your reach and get your name out there, so that not only do you have more clients and reach, but you have more space.
After all, even the people who focus their lives on helping others still need to take the time to help themselves.
Amanda Linette Meder is a psychic medium and online business owner, successfully running a website with over 2 million visitors each year. She coaches other psychics, mediums, and healers on how to develop their gifts and their businesses, without losing their sanity. Learn more about Amanda here.