The number of new small company owners and entrepreneurs is growing by the day, and prioritising self-care is an important element of their success. Any voluntary activity that helps you maintain your physical, mental, or emotional health is considered self-care. It can make you feel better, more relaxed, and more prepared to handle your work and duties. Isn’t that something we could all use?
How Entrepreneurs Can Benefit From Self-Care
We tend to reward individuals who don’t have time to sleep and are too busy expanding their empire to rest and unwind in our culture, which celebrates the ‘hustle.’ This is really unhealthy and sets a standard that people are unable to reach. Burnout, stress, health issues, and poor mental health are all consequences. Entrepreneurs can benefit from self-care in a variety of ways:
Stress Levels Are Reduced
Stress is a natural physical and emotional reaction to a scary or overwhelming activity or event, but it can have serious effects if not effectively controlled. Stress will play a role in your life, especially if you’re an entrepreneur, so learning how to deal with it is critical. Self-care activates the relaxation response in the body, lowering cortisol and adrenalin levels and so reducing stress!
Clarity and Creativity Are Improved
A clear mind, on the other hand, allows for more creativity and inspiration to strike. You aren’t in the greatest mentality to be creative, organised, and effective in your goals if you are overwhelmed and attempting to multitask, doing a million things at once. Whether it’s taking the time for Shen Yun, reading, or going for a walk it can all help.
So much evidence suggests that taking breaks and exercising self-care can help you be more productive. Even if you are extremely busy, taking 10 minutes away from your computer to practise breathing, stretches, meditation, or go for a walk can be extremely beneficial.
Improved Mental Health
Stress is one of the most significant contributors to mental health issues. Long-term and severe stress can have negative psychological, emotional, and physical consequences, so prioritising your self-care is critical.
How Can I Include More Self-Care Into My Daily Routine?
It is much easier to finish psychologically if it is scheduled. Anything in life that is scheduled, whether it be exercise, work deadlines, or your to-do list, is more likely to get finished. So, when it comes to self-care, do the same! People who are very good at this know-how to schedule self-care visits just like any other appointment. Throughout the day, they take short self-care breaks. 10 minutes of morning meditation, 15 minutes of tea break, 5 min of reading before bedtime, and so on.
Don’t put off self-care till you have more free time. Because let’s face it, few of us suddenly have a lot of time to devote to self-care, making it a consistent part of our routine.
Make a List of Your Favorite Activities
Don’t wait for inspiration to strike; prepare for success by making a list of your favorite self-care activities. Make a list of your ideas in your planner, post it on the fridge, and put it in your weekly journal. Have a few short, medium, and long activities on hand, which you may select from depending on how much time you have available on any given day.
Start the Day Right
When you wake up in the morning, you turn over and…check your phone? Many of us are guilty of this, so try utilizing your phone for a beneficial purpose first thing in the morning. Make it a rule that you won’t check social media until you’ve completed your 10-minute meditation session. Perhaps your gratitude list of five items, or 5 minutes of breathing exercises and stretching. On my website, I offer a list of over 50 self-care resources and apps. That is a lot of ways to get a fantastic start to the day with your phone!
Do One Big Self-Care Thing Each Week
Self-care activities are typically spread out throughout the day, allowing for the discharge of mental, emotional, and physical stress. It’s also crucial to set aside one week for a larger self-care splurge. It’s all about putting yourself first, your value, and your needs. It may be getting your nails painted, getting a massage, going on a long hike, having lunch with friends, taking an afternoon off work, or taking a break from social media – whatever you require.
That’s all there is to it! We hope this was of assistance. Remember: a healthy, calm, and coping business owner is far superior to one who is stressed! Make yourself a priority and receive the rewards:)