Working in the nonprofit sector means you have a direct impact on people’s lives and on their communities. The work you do matters—a lot. It can also be incredibly rewarding. The world needs you to be sharp, present, creative, and energized to keep contributing in this way. But with long hours, demanding workloads, and often strenuous budgetary concerns, it can be all too easy to find yourself and your team sacrificing personal time and your own needs for the sake of the mission. While that intention is admirable, the long-term impact is adverse and when left unchecked, nonprofit burnout can happen.
The truth is, you can’t give what you don’t have, whether that’s time, energy, or attention. And if the goal is to help others, you have to create the conditions for you and your team to bring your best selves to work so you can burn bright instead of burning out. One of the best ways to combat nonprofit burnout is to build resilience through regular recharge so that you can avoid burnout all together.