As an entrepreneur, you understand the need to have an uncompromised passion for your work. You know that accomplishing your goals sometimes requires long hours and that you often must think about your next project or business idea when you’re away from your desk. But there’s something else to be considered in entrepreneurship: self-care.
All of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have learned to make time for their personal lives, health, and well-being. Doing so allows you to be the best version of yourself, which will do wonders for your work and home life. The truth is, if you want to experience long-term success in your current or future business ventures, self-care is a must. And incorporating it into your everyday life doesn’t have to be difficult or complex. From hiring services to finding an exercise routine to attending Soul Trips, below are some practical ways that you can practice self-care, no matter how busy you are.
Hire and delegate
Particularly in the early stages of a business, it can be tempting to try doing everything yourself. After all, hiring people costs money that you may not have, right? But when you have too much on your plate, carrying the load by yourself can waste a lot of your time and — ironically — money. It can actually be more cost-effective to find other team members to handle certain tasks, not to mention allow you a little space to enjoy life. Whether you need help with writing, IT, accounting, customer service, or any number of other fields, freelance job platforms are a great place to look for qualified candidates.
Show some TLC to your home
No one wants to live in a messy home. Not only can it cause increased negativity in your household, but it can also significantly hinder your productivity. Think of ways that you can freshen up your home and add vibrance to each space. The best way to start is to thoroughly declutter and clean your home. Then, you can begin burning sage, cleaning your doors and windows with a lemon juice mixture, and incorporating other holistic cleansing methods.
The list of short- and long-term health benefits of regular exercise is exhaustive. And that includes physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. Try to find an exercise routine that you enjoy, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Whether it’s running, brisk walking, swimming, yoga, or any other type of activity that gets you moving, carve out time in your schedule to do it for 30 minutes, four days a week. You will quickly notice that you’re carrying less stress, and it will likely make you more productive in your work.
Take a breather.
Along with exercising, make time to relax. Consider meditation, breathing exercises, reading for pleasure, taking hot baths, and doing any other activities that can help your mind and body unwind. This, too, will do wonders for relieving stress, which will ultimately leave you healthier, happier, and more productive on a daily basis.
Don’t always say “yes.”
Finally, don’t be afraid to say "no" to people. In the early stages of a business, it’s tempting to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way. While it’s important to take initiative and seize opportunities, you also have to remember your home life. Prioritize spending time with your loved ones and practicing self-care. This might mean turning down a weekend conference to lounge at home with the family. Or perhaps you could take a few days off from work to go on a Soul Trip retreat to recharge and add a sense of purpose to your life.
Working hard is a fundamental element of successful entrepreneurship. But you also have to take care of yourself. Remember to consider what kind of services you can hire out, take steps toward making your home clean and inviting, and find an exercise routine that you can stick with. Lastly, learn how to say “no” and make time in your life to relax to improve your overall health and happiness. Check out Soul Trips’ upcoming retreats both online and off today to recharge.