Running a business takes a lot out of you. Although this hard work is a sacrifice entrepreneurs choose to make, they must learn how to balance energy in and out. No one has infinite energy, and if you try to give everything to your business all the time, you’re going to run out.
That’s why self-care is such a vital part of successfully running a business. If you’re starting to worry you might burn out, take some time to renew your self-care basics. Evaluate your diet to make sure you’re getting all your nutrients, get moving with some tools from From Home Fitness, and learn how to reconnect with your driving motivations. Here is the entrepreneurs’ guide to effective self-care:
Reduce Your Workload
Business owners are obviously busy people, but they often stretch themselves thinner than necessary. Ask yourself, “Is there anything on my plate I can delegate?” If you have a team of employees at your disposal, remember that you hired those people for a reason. It’s hard to let go of control as a business owner, but you have to trust your instincts, as well as the people you’ve brought on to your team.
If you’re a solo-business or your team is already stretched to the max, you should look at outsourcing some of your tasks. For example, if you haven’t already set up an LLC, you could reach out to an online service to set it up on your behalf. This valuable legal designation will take a world of work (and risk) off your plate, so hiring someone to do it for you knocks out several to-dos at once.
Make Home a Haven
Many business owners make the mistake of being always on. As much as possible, however, you should focus on fostering a firm work-life balance. Practice leaving work at work, within reason. Encourage employees to avoid working off the clock as well — not only will this help them avoid burnout, it will make it less likely they need you off-hours.
You should also take steps to make your home as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible. Keep your space clean and organized, and use decor and ambiance to give your house positive energy. If you’ve been stressed at home lately, you may need to take steps to actively improve the energy in your home. For example, you could keep the windows open to let in fresh air, or make a simmer pot to fill your home with a cozy scent.
Stress takes a toll on your physical wellbeing, so it’s important to do all you can to stay healthy while you’re working hard. Start with a good diet and regular exercise. When you eat right and move regularly, your body has a much easier time staying well. You’ll feel more energized, and your immune system will run at its best.
You should also take some time to evaluate your sleep schedule. Sleep and stress are a tricky pair. When you’re more stressed out, it’s harder to fall and stay asleep. When you’re sleeping poorly, you’re more likely to get stressed. This vicious cycle is best addressed by learning how to manage stress during the day through the self-care measures mentioned above.
However, you should also work to develop a healthy sleep routine. Start by cutting off screen time as you get closer to bed, ideally giving yourself a screen-free hour before you go to sleep. Do something relaxing before bed, such as reading a book or unwinding in a warm bath. Pick something you can do every night — in time, you’ll train your brain to associate those actions with sleep, and you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest.
Running a business can take a lot out of you, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall victim to burnout. Focus on finding ways to treat yourself with the care and compassion you deserve. When you give yourself the chance to recharge, you’ll be able to take on your business’s challenges with ease!
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By: Katie Conroy