Is ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Headed for Burnout?

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond is a busy woman. In addition to being a wife and mother, she owns many businesses and has several product endorsement deals. It seems as if she’s introducing a new business each month. The rate at which Drummond is building her empire is either a recipe for success or disaster. Is Ree Drummond headed for burnout? In addition to our analysis of her situation, our experts weighed in on how you can know if you’re doing too much and heading toward burnout and exhaustion. They also offer some tips for reclaiming your mental and physical health.

Allowing your business life to bleed into your personal life is asking for trouble

Like a lot of other network stars, Drummond’s personal and business life seem to be intertwined. Drummond tries to incorporate her family into The Pioneer Woman cooking show. She also mentions Ladd and her children a lot on Facebook and Instagram. If you look at her social media feeds, you’ll see just as many pictures of her family as her Food Network recaps. (Chip and Joanna Gaines also come to mind when it comes to network stars who appear to mix their personal and business life.)

Matthew Ross, co-owner and COO of The Slumber Yard, a mattress review website, said burnout is inevitable if you consistently let your business life bleed into your personal life. He suggests blocking out time just for you and your loved ones:

I’d recommend business owners try to maintain a clear separation between their business life and personal life. I set aside a certain time period per week (noon on Saturday through Sunday) where I don’t allow myself to even think about work. I completely shut off and instead try to enjoy other activities. I’ve found my social life is much healthier and I now spend a lot more time with family. Plus, I feel a lot more refreshed and positive when I show up to work on Monday.

Doing too much can lead to stress eating and weight gain

Ree Drummond| Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond| Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

We don’t know if Drummond engages in stress eating, but she has mentioned her struggle with weight gain on The Pioneer Woman blog. Being around food all the time probably doesn’t help things either. Sarkis Hakopdjanian, the director of strategy and principal for The Business Clinic, says it’s not uncommon to reach for food when feeling stressed out. If you find yourself snacking way more than usual, it could be a sign it’s time to slow down. Here’s what Hakopdjanian had to say:

If a person is feeling physical or mental burnout, they will start to present various symptoms, including higher levels of stress and anxiety, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, lower levels of energy or motivation, gaining or losing weight rapidly, decrease in healthy habits (e.g. exercise, nutrition, meditation), increase in unhealthy habits (e.g. fast food, energy drinks, smoking, etc.), and changes in mood or behavior. 

Is Ree Drummond in over her head?

Drummond might have things under control, but it does look like she might be doing too much too soon. We can’t even keep up with all the new businesses she rolls out. Hopefully, her cooking show, dog treat line, pizza shop, ice cream shop, hotel, book deals, blog, and more will be a success without taking too much of a toll.

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