As a busy entrepreneur, self-care is not always on the agenda, but it is critically important to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. My self-care rituals often take a backseat when I get really busy. Despite my best efforts, I find it difficult at times balancing being an entrepreneur, law student, and a mom. It can be easy to forget to shut off when you’re rocking and rolling as an entrepreneur. There is always one more thing (or a hundred) that need to be done. This is one of my weaknesses. It is really hard to turn it off. I could just work, work, work and be totally happy.
When practicing self-care, I need to be clear on the things that bring me joy in my life. For me, those are things such as spending quality time with my family, watching movies, reading books, traveling, walking on the beach, hiking, yoga and laughing with my friends. I strive to stay on top of everything by using my calendar to schedule everything, you name it, it’s on the calendar. This helps me keep my head on straight. Each week, I carve out time to do these things by adding them to my calendar so that I don’t forget to have that balance. Friday at 5 pm, moms happy hour. Monday at 9 am, yoga. And so on. If it’s not on the calendar, I won’t engage in these important things, so essentially I schedule my life balance.
During the workday, I make sure to give myself breaks to do something for myself. This might be 15-20 minutes away from my phone or laptop to focus on enjoying a meal with no distractions, taking a walk outside, or running out to get a quick pedicure and pick up lunch. Small breaks help me to refocus and also help me feel more relaxed and productive throughout the day!
The better care I take of myself, the better I can take care of others. That’s why my self-care activities are non-negotiable. Here are some of my favorite self-care things to do.
When you are feeling overwhelmed it is easy for this to continue to go downhill. Take a few minutes to have some tea, take a walk or meditate. Breathing works wonders. This will allow you to restart when you get off track.
It’s ok to say, NO
Learning to say no is incredibly important. It can be hard to break the habit of people pleasing and overcommitting yourself. You have to set limits for everyone, especially your clients. Your downtime is critical to working at your highest level.
Health and nutrition
When you are feeling low, turn your attention to your nutrition. When you eat right, your body will feel great. Start your day by eating at a good breakfast! Do some exercise that you enjoy. You don’t have to commit to a gym or buy equipment. A simple walk will do wonders. It only takes about a day or so to bounce back and feel on top of the world again!
Let go of the guilt
It is ok to take a break and not work. Anxiety can creep up and make you feel the wheels will fall off unless you are actively doing something to move the business forward. This is a great quality but make sure you are being productive. Don’t get sucked into busy work. If possible delegate so you can free up some time for yourself. Self-care means doing something (anything) other than work, and not to feel guilty for it.
Time alone allows you to think through your thoughts and ideas. It gives you the opportunity to slow down and take time to reflect on things. It doesn’t sound like much but with the hecticness of our world, allocating dedicated periods of time in my week to have no plans at all, where I can recharge is vitally important for my health and wellbeing.
Expand your mind
One of my favorite mental health habits is reading. I love learning, and there is so much to experience through reading books. Reading gives me a welcome break from my own perspective, helps to relax me, expand my mind, and makes me a happier and better person.
Part of my self-care is spending time with my fiance and friends. Whether it be dinner or brunch or even just a coffee, there is nothing better than spending quality time with the ones who always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face.
I always need reminders because it is so easy to forget to take care of yourself when you get really busy. I am a huge advocate for real, daily self-care; especially for entrepreneurs and moms because we give so much to those around us, we need to replenish the well at some point in the day. It doesn’t even have to be at the end of the day; it can be whenever it’s best and most convenient for you to fit it in.
If you are not already taking time for self-care, I hope this encourages you to do that. I love sharing ideas with entrepreneurs to learn about what they do for self-care. I am inspired by other people sharing and ways they take care of themselves. When practicing self-care, I need to be clear on the things that bring me joy in my life. A good rule of thumb is to figure out what brings you joy. Make a list. Do them!
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