Self Care for Business Owners
“Self-care” gets thrown around a lot when you start to think about helping to alleviate stress and work through burnout. Images of bubble baths, spas, eucalyptus leaves, and herbal tea are usually what come to mind, but what if you are running a business? What if you have clients to take care of? Does that mean you need to stop what you’re doing in the middle of the day and take a bath? Maybe…maybe not.
I think there are some simple yet effective ways to really take care of yourself when you may be going through difficult times you really want to make an effort to put yourself first. After all, how can you serve your clients when you don’t take care of yourself?
Here’s 5 suggestions on ways to practice self-care while navigating your journey as a business owner:
Say no. Sometimes this can be the hardest thing to do! That means saying no to each and every social engagement. Saying no to a client who’s proven difficult to work with in the past. Saying no to being available to people all hours of the day. Learn to set some boundaries for yourself. Start by saying N-O.
Ask for help. Let me let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to be a superhero all the time. If you don’t know how to get your next training event up and running, don’t spend all week agonizing over how to get it done. Call a friend for help. Ask your network for recommendations on folks who can help you. Stop trying to be everything and everyone in your business. You don’t have to be. Sometimes you need to rely on your network.
Take a moment right now and release yourself from any negative feelings associated with something you participated in or did in the past that wasn’t good for you personally or professionally. It’s over. Stop tormenting yourself. It’s time to move forward. Mistakes happen for a reason. They are there to teach you something. Listen to them, learn from them, and move on with peace.
Need to make a big decision? Give yourself the proper time to make it. Weigh the pros and cons and go with your gut. Don’t rush major decisions. When you do, you usually cause more problems for yourself in the long run. Don’t move forward pushed by the feeling of fear. Move forward with peace.
Sit by yourself for at least 15-30 minutes per day. Yep. Alone. Schedule in your uninterrupted time. Call it selfish if you want, but it’s the best way to really be able to hear your own voice. Meditate. Read. Write down 1 thing you’re thankful for, or just breathe. And if you swear you can’t find 15 minutes…take something else off your calendar.
Pick 1 or implement all 5 of these actions into your life. I think you’ll start to see some major shifts in the way you feel about yourself and in the way you show up for others.
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