5 Tips from Founders to Avoid Burnout


Studies have shown that founders are 30% more likely to experience depression than the general public. Half of this number will suffer the effects of burnout.

Though it may seem counter-intuitive ‘wasting’ valuable hustle time on leisure, studies have shown that a healthy work-life balance is key to success. The high-pressure and stressful nature of building a startup is one of the reasons why relaxation and mindfulness is essential to avoid burning out.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a professional on the 9-5 grind, or a student, timely reparation is essential for a healthy and stress-free life.

We’ve asked our hard-working entrepreneurs to share their top tips on relaxation and how to avoid burnout.

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Head to the beach
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Take a step back
  4. Make exercising a habit
  5. Practice mindful meditation


JJ, founder of Captain Bagrat

“I go to my nearest beach. I don’t take my phone, which is why I never reply to my texts or emails during that time, which is part of the social detox. The sunshine and floating and swimming in the water relaxes me, and washes away all the anxiety and procrastination.

There’s a lot of science behind nature’s free floating therapy. Plus, being in a natural lap pool has the advantage of resistance, meaning you’re pushed to put more effort in when swimming giving you the added bonus of a workout.”

Depending on the weather, JJ advises going once a week to recalibrate from the busy life of an entrepreneur.

“Make sure you go to a beach with free parking. The last thing you want is having limited time on the beach and stress about a parking ticket.”

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Go for a walk

Meena, founder of Wriveted

“The best way to relax is by walking. Or, any activity you can do that doesn’t require you to think too much, but you still feel fulfilled.

When I haven’t walked that day, I feel like I haven’t let my mind to wander.” Meena considers walking as her creative time. “I think it’s a really common thing that people do, is to walk, to be creative.”

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Alfred, founder of Forcite Helmet Systems

“Take a step back and get other people’s opinions. Sometimes it’s important to relook at a situation the next day or the next week with fresh eyes. When you’re in a washing machine, you don’t necessarily know you’re in one unless you’re looking at it from the outside.

If you obsess with something, you get in your own mind and you can only see the problem and not the solution and you burn yourself out very quickly. Cherish the moment. Sometimes you just need to embrace a bit of Bob Marley.”

Weh, founder of OIC Cambodia and Umbo

Make not exercising feel out of the ordinary. The goal is to make it so habitual that the idea of not doing it becomes bizarre and you feel like something is missing in the day. Getting started is always the hardest so start by doing a little bit every day. But once you get that routine going, it’s impossible to stop.

These days, if I don’t exercise it feels physically wrong. Everyone’s routine will be different but for me, I like to go before work.”

Rosary, founder of Beneco Futures

Rose says the key is not just to meditate but to stay mindful while doing so. “Start small. 2-4 minutes. If you’re not used to doing it, and you’re used to being so buzzed and distracted and then building up a practice so it becomes a natural habit and not forced.” 

Since she started regularly practicing meditation, it has given her a more heightened awareness of what’s going on. “For me, it’s not really clearing mind but giving me peace of mind, just understanding what I’m dealing with. In terms of my work, it’s given me a lot more clarity of thinking and productivity” she adds. 

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Relaxation doesn’t always have to involve an indulgent spa experience. By simply shifting your perspective or stepping outside for some sun, you can reduce your risk of burnout.

Along with these tips, modern coworking spaces have emerged to support and grow the passion of its members. They provide resources and a burnout-free environment with various relaxation avenues such as breakout areas, group sports, yoga, and mindfulness sessions for its members.

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