How to Practice Self-care as a Business Owner
If you’re an entrepreneur, the line between work and personal life can become blurred, or even disappear altogether. Although a strong work ethic is a great asset, pouring every drop of yourself into your business can lead to burnout. The higher your stress level, the more your body and mind need you to give back to yourself. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Freedom Psychotherapy invites you to read on for tips about how to practice good self-care, avoid burnout, and feel like the boss that you are.
Clear your headspace
Every business has dozens of moving parts, and most business owners have their hands full, keeping track of them all. Spreading yourself thin can leave you feeling exhausted or overwhelmed. If your business is in its early stages, it can be hard to let go of the reigns and delegate tasks to others — but it’s necessary! The more you can do to free up your mental bandwidth, the better. One way to do this is through mindfulness meditation. Regular meditation practice (even if it’s just a few minutes a day) can help relieve anxiety, improve the clarity of your thinking, and make you happier.
If you’re struggling to carve out the time to meditate, consider using business strategies that save time and energy. For example, forming an LLC can be good for business and relieve stress. With this business structure, you’ll have less paperwork, more flexibility, and tax advantages. You can easily get Texas LLC registration online through a formation service. Just be sure to check the regulations before moving forward because they vary from state to state.
Clear your workspace
When you’re laser-focused on getting the job done, the energy flow and decor in your office is probably the last thing on your mind. However, a clean, calming environment can improve your workflow and decrease stress. You can get started by cleaning up clutter and making sure you have enough space to move around freely. Do what you can to improve the airflow and access to natural light.
If your office is a bit utilitarian, beautifying your workspace can be an effective form of self-care — and can even increase your productivity. Consider adding live plants (which give you more oxygen and offer added relaxation), textiles (such as a plush rug, curtains, or throw pillows), and upgrade furniture that is uncomfortable or too small. These seemingly superficial changes can make you feel more relaxed, cozy, and focused while you’re working.
De-stress like a boss
Turn off your phone. Turn off your tablet. Turn off your computer. You deserve — and need — real, unplugged me-time. Don’t limit your me-time to once in a quarter. Rather, make it a regular part of your life. Let your colleagues and family know that you’ll be unavailable. No matter how much your business needs you, you need you.
Create some space to have an actual mental and physical break. This doesn’t mean that you need to be physically inactive during your me-time (although that’s fine, too, because naps are life-giving). Exercise can be a wonderful way to rebalance your energy and feel good about yourself. Don’t forget to address some of the other basics of self-care, such as showering, eating healthy food, and sleeping.
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A good self-care routine will make you feel well-balanced, energetic, and loved. It’s not a once-in-a-while treat to reward yourself for your relentless work — it’s a requirement for lasting health and well-being. Burnout is not a badge of honor, and practicing self-care does not make you uncommitted. By clearing your head, beautifying your environment, and prioritizing your own needs, you’ll start feeling better right away.
Written by: Amy Collett of bizwell.org