As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Being an entrepreneur can be stressful – long working hours, making all of the big decisions, and trying to hit those financial goals. While striving to reach those goals and hustling hard are part of owning your own business, you also need to prioritize yourself and your mental health. I’m sharing some of the best ways to take care of yourself as an entrepreneur, so that you can also take care of your business and customers.
Set Work-Life Boundaries
This one is a biggie. Setting work-life boundaries is essential to avoiding burnout. Choose specific working hours and commit to that time period. When that time is over, shut off the computer, stop checking your emails and messages, and put your phone away. This time is now yours to decompress and relax. It’s also really important to take a vacation! Get away from your business and home for a week, or even a weekend. When you step away, you gain clarity.
Take a Break & Exercise
Find a form of exercise that you love and do it! This not only benefits your mental health, but your physical health as well. Whether you take 30 minutes to do a relaxing yoga flow, go for a walk during your lunch break, or hop on an exercise bike, any form of exercise relieves stress, reduces tension, and improves your mood. Taking breaks during the day actually improves productivity, and most experts recommend stepping away at least every 25-90 minutes.
When life is busy and hectic, meditation is a great way to refocus and center yourself. With regular practice, you can learn to shut off the noise of your business and be more present. Sometimes meditation can be tricky to start, which is why there are so many excellent meditation apps, such as Calm, Insight Timer, and Headspace. These all provide guided meditations on a wide range of topics and for different lengths of time. Even if you stop to meditate for five minutes, it will be the boost you need to keep going.
Spend Time with Friends & Family
Be sure to prioritize spending time with your close friends and family. Having a strong support system is one of the best ways to cope with stress and take care of yourself. My biggest piece of advice is to make a point not to discuss your business while you’re spending time with others. While giving an update on your business is totally fine, try not to make all of your conversations revolve around it. This is your time to remove yourself from your work and unwind.
Recently, I spent a week with friends who live lakeside. We ate, drank, and visited. It was a perfect way to relax! I walk with my neighbor every day; I also play soccer and ball hockey a few times each week. I’m killing two birds with one stone here… exercising and spending time with friends. Meditation is something that I learned in my late teens and I instinctively practice throughout those stressful days. What self-care techniques do you practice in your life?
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