You may have heard many people preaching to entrepreneurs that they can only be successful if they work consistently. Often, many misread this advice and work to the point of exhaustion, sacrificing self-care, and personal time in the process. Apply these 7 transformative self-care habits every entrepreneur should master so you can enjoy having your ideal business and ideal life.
The truth is that prioritizing hard work over your own well-being is equivalent to self-destruction. You may start out with big business plans, but what good will those be if you burn yourself out long before you can enjoy success?
Hence, my advice to all business owners is to strike a balance between self-care and hard work. I assure you, it is absolutely possible to nail your goals and nurture your business while also taking care of your health and wellness.
Ready to learn how? Continue reading!
Here are seven practices to help you with self-care. Apply the ones that will have the biggest impact on you being even more successful and accelerating your business results.
- Sleep – Never Compromise on this!
If you ask me, I’d say sleep is deeply connected with all facets of life. Look at it this way: when you sleep well, you wake up refreshed, eat well, feel energetic, are more active and focused, and also in a good mood, typically.
What happens when you compromise on sleep just to put in more hours into your business? You will lose out on good health, presence of mind, stellar decision-making ability, optimal creativity, and have a decrease in productivity.
So, my first recommendation and tip is to sleep more and sleep better. Before you build your business, take time to build a routine that includes healthy sleeping habits. This essentially involves eight hours of sound sleep, but of course, you can always adjust it to your personal sleep needs.
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- Me Time is an Absolute Must
Despite becoming an entrepreneur, never forget that you are a human too. Every human needs some time to meditate, relax, and enjoy some me-time. This means you must make time for yourself where your mind can find some peace, and where you can self-reflect and check-in with yourself.
Life has become so fast-paced and goal-oriented that we often neglect the necessity of a pause. We owe it to give our minds, thoughts, and our bodies a few moments to simply breathe. It also gives you time to take stock of yourself, to check how far you’ve pushed your energy and efforts.
Hence, make time to be self-aware, to see where you’re at and whether you’re headed in the right direction, or not. Let your thoughts gather and while all of this is happening, also do something that revives you emotionally and physically.
It could be anything, such as a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant with your partner or friends. It could be a day away at a resort or the beach, or anything that helps you relax and unwind.
- Exercise – Any Time of the Day
You have surely heard many people say that the best time of the day to exercise is in the early morning. However, entrepreneurs might not find it so easy unless they are the overly disciplined and organized person. While I don’t necessarily urge you to exercise at the crack of dawn, I do encourage you to exercise daily and at any time that suits you. It doesn’t have to be at the same time and on the same day. Work exercise into your schedule to give you the highest probability you will do it.
Do you know why exercise is such a vital part in our life from a health benefits perspective? It not only makes you a fitter, healthier, and toned person, and also a happier one. Science tells us that exercise helps release endorphins. These are essential chemicals that make a person feel happy.
When you exercise, the endorphins also interact with receptors in your brain that reduce pain perception. This happens simultaneously as you experience the trigger of uplifting and positive emotions inside with the endorphins.
As business owners, you have to face a lot of pressures and challenges while striving for success. So, a daily habit of exercise will keep you happy, de-stressed, active, and healthy.
- Eat Well
Business owners are typically highly busy individuals. Surely you do not have the sort of time that allows you to ponder on the nutritional value of whatever you eat when you have a business to run. But while that may not always be possible, it is possible to eat consciously.
Instead of reaching for fast food and takeout meals to save time, make healthier choices. It is important to eat well because it has a direct impact on your cognitive performance too. Try to stay away from high-carb foods and sugary foods.
Hire a food service that delivers nutritious meals, for example, or prepare meals and snacks over the weekend to last you all week. If nothing else, at least opt for more greens, fresh fruits, and nuts. Also, remember to stay well hydrated.
- Learn to Say “No”
You may want to fit everything in your schedule and pack in as much you can just to give your business exposure and chances for growth. But you need to draw a line somewhere, and to do that, always make sure that quality outweighs quantity.
You will have clients pushing you to meet their deadlines when you already have an overwhelming amount of work to do. You will have employees trying to do things their way. At the end of the day, it’s your assertiveness that can keep things from getting out of hand.
Learn to say “No” to activities that are not important will impact your performance and business quality and exhaust your resources needlessly. Never let work take precedence over your sanity and personal life.
- Nurture a Hobby
Hobbies are the much-needed break we all need from our work. There’s typically a lot more steam in entrepreneurs than others that they must blow off. There can be no better way to do that than doing something you enjoy.
Take Stephen Gillett’s example. He’s former CIO and co-founder of Starbucks, and he would always make time for multiplayer gaming in his day. The truth is that your hobby can teach you valuable lessons that you translate into real-world leadership. Besides, it even helps you unwind emotionally and physically.
- Celebrate Each Victory
Reward yourself for every successful outcome of your hard work. Even when you fail, don’t berate yourself but rather congratulate yourself for giving it your best.
Make it a point to celebrate each big and small victory, like your first big sale, first big client, first store, or getting the motherlode of referrals to great prospects, etc. It will help self-motivate you to set even bigger goals. While there may not be someone to always celebrate the victories with, learn to do that for yourself. It will also help you cling on to hope and perseverance when you encounter rough patches in the business.
Self-care is an important practice for entrepreneurs. These practices consist of self-initiated actions that keep you healthy, active, and mentally, emotionally, and physically competent to perform even better. It also protects you against chronic diseases that could develop out of stress and the pressures of owning a business.
These seven practices will help you nurture your business successfully while improving your health and well-being too.
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