Do you prioritise self care in your life and business?
For many of us, we are notoriously bad at putting ourselves first, and in the world of entrepreneurship and small business ownership it is often assumed that you just have to work harder and longer hours to get ahead and be successful. Whilst you undoubtedly need to work hard if you own your own business, failing to make time for self care at the same time, is rarely a strategy that will pay dividends.
To perform at your best and get the most out of your business, you HAVE to look after yourself first and there is a wealth of evidence from successful entrepreneurs to prove it!
You don’t have to look too far to find the likes of Richard Branson and Bill Gates supporting the need for staying mentally and physically healthy. There is so much advice out there on self care, but to me the key takeaways are always:
Find something you enjoy and schedule it in. Stick to it like you would a business appointment! Exercising releases healthy endorphins that energize you, meaning you will feel better, have more energy, and think more clearly… ultimately making you more productive!
We all have times where we don’t eat as well as we could, but predominantly eating the right foods (and staying hydrated) means we maintain our energy levels and stay more focused. Which, again, leads to greater productivity!
Get enough sleep
Huffington Post founder, Ariana Huffington, found out the hard way about the importance of sleep, when she collapsed from exhaustion after consistently working 18 hour days. Sleep is absolutely critical to our well-being. It’s when our body heals and repairs itself, and it’s vital to supporting healthy brain function. Sleep affects every aspect of your life… from decision making and cognitive functioning, to eating right and taking enough exercise.
Say no sometimes!
It’s very easy to overcommit and feel like we have to fill every minute of our day… but that’s when we can become overwhelmed and feel unable to complete everything we have to do. Say no to things you don’t HAVE to do, and give yourself time to fit things that are important to you.
Build in some form of downtime each week.
In an ideal world, making time to build ‘me time’ into your daily routine would be great, but at least creating time for a hobby / interest / or just time to unplug and reconnect with friends and family each week is really important. We all need time to decompress, recharge and be ready to go again!