It’s a fact that many entrepreneurs are so focused on their businesses that they forget to take care of themselves. While they take pride in scaling their business, they work long hours that can really take a toll.
If this sounds like you, then it’s time to take action. Working long days, eating fast food or snacks from vending machines are not healthy. However, don’t feel bad. It can happen to anyone who has a goal of making their business succeed. At the same time, it’s essential you take care of yourself.
To help you get started, we’ve put together some tips on how to manage some much-needed self-care. You’ll feel better before you know it! And have more energy to get things done!
1). Put Some “Me Time” into Your Days
No matter how you choose to use “me time,” it’s beneficial. Whether you choose to relax with a book, play video games, or even spend time with the kids, taking time out to unwind is crucial to your wellbeing.
It’s also helpful to use some of this time to become self-aware. You may be so focused on work and other things that you may lose touch with yourself and your feelings. Having some quiet time to reflect and get in touch with yourself can be extremely beneficial. The goal is to become quiet and check-in with yourself.
This may include reviewing your day, spending some time in meditation in the morning and evening, or whatever works for you. Just be sure to find some quiet moments you can spend alone.
2). Get Enough Daily Exercise
Who isn’t guilty of letting this one slide once in a while (or more!)? However, getting plenty of exercise not only keeps you in better shape, but it’s also a great way to wear off stress. Staying active on a daily basis also boosts the immune systems, making you stronger against infections.
The exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or long. Try to fit in a 20-30 minute walk once a day. Or perhaps enjoy some tennis in the evening. The point is to find something you can do on a daily basis. Find some type of activity (exercise) you enjoy, and then make sure to enjoy it every day!
3). Learn to Say No
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to take on more than you should, whether this is with work or in other situations. Many entrepreneurs tend to over-schedule their days, only to chide themselves if they can’t accomplish everything. That guilt factor is sure to draw you down.
So, it’s essential you learn when to say no. We understand this is easier said than done, but it’s crucial to your wellbeing. Otherwise, you’ll be overworking, with a daily schedule that’s jam-packed and hectic. That’s no way to take care of yourself or even run your business.
So, learn to say no. Many people find this liberating. For one thing, you’ll avoid filling your schedule with impossible items. What’s more, you’ll stop being a people-pleaser, too.
Instead, when you say no, you’ll find more time for the things that really count in your business and even in your personal life. You may even find it’s possible to create a better balance between work and your personal life.
It’s not easy learning to say no. Just take the time you need to consider whether something really belongs in your schedule. If not, then don’t hesitate to say no. People may even find they respect you more for being so honest with them.
4). Find Ways to Relax Every Day
As an entrepreneur, do you find it difficult to “turn off” at the end of the day? Do you stay at your desk and get more done, even when it’s late? If so, you’ll soon find yourself burned out mentally and physically.
It’s important to find ways to relax every day. Otherwise, the continuous expending of energy will wear you out, body and soul. When you get to the point of feeling burned out, it’s very challenging or even impossible to find the energy and will to tackle your business.
Look for ways to help you “unplug” each day. This way, you’ll have time to decompress and reconnect with your loved ones and yourself. Checking in with yourself on a regular basis, coming to understand your thoughts and feelings allows you to find release from stress.
Relaxing each day will leave you feeling better and more energised. Find out what works best for you. This may be streaming your favourite show in the evening, reading a great book before bed, and more. Just find what works for you and be sure to relax every day. You’ll feel better for it and will be a better entrepreneur, too.
5). Eat Good Food
Keeping yourself healthy involves more than just getting rest and exercise. It also depends on the type of food you eat each day. What happens when we constantly eat junk food? It’s easy to become overweight (or obese), run out of energy, and even become sick. Those are not what you need to become a successful business owner.
Instead, be sure to eat right every day. Occasional snacks are fine, but make sure to eat healthy otherwise. You’ll be more productive by eating a balanced diet. Your mood and energy will also improve, plus you’ll be able to stay focused and become more productive.
6). Make it a Priority to Get Enough Sleep
Our last tip involves sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, fatigue sets in. This affects your work performance and can even impair your health. Sleep is also the time your body heals itself, and your brain works through issues from the day.
Most experts recommend getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. You’re sure to feel better and have the energy required to be an entrepreneur!
Summing It Up
Being an entrepreneur does sometimes mean that you don’t have time to take of yourself properly. However, make it a goal to spend some time on self-care most every day.
You’ll soon find you feel better, are a happier person, and that you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur! We’re also sure your busy will take off as a result of taking care of yourself!
Written by the team at Royal Quays Business Centre