Many entrepreneurs go into business for freedom. Yet, at the same time, end up priding themselves on their ability to work long hours while surviving on little sleep. But success in business doesn’t have to come at the expense of your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
That’s where self-care comes in.
Prioritizing your wellbeing can help you reduce stress, boost productivity, and improve both your mental and physical health. So, if you don’t already have a self-care routine in place, then it’s the perfect time to start. If you’re interested in finding out how to do that, then read on!
Being an entrepreneur can be lonely, especially if you’re a one-man or one-woman show. Setting time aside to make new connections is a key part of self-care, and it can even ultimately benefit your business. This could be anything from joining a meetup in your community to working in a coworking space to joining a mastermind.
On the other hand, nurturing existing relationships with friends and family is equally as important. Lack of social connection and working alone are major contributors to stress.
Delegate and Outsource
Once your business reaches a certain point of success, it’s critical to learn to delegate and outsource when you can. When you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you often end up taking on more than you can handle, which can result in burnout. If you have employees working for you, assigning tasks to your team can help take a load off your shoulders and reduce stress.
If you’re a solopreneur, that’s when outsourcing tasks comes in handy. If you’re not a fan of posting on social media, you could hire a contractor to manage your social accounts. As Your Team in India explains, many entrepreneurs choose to outsource tasks like their website design, or hire a freelance writer to create articles for their blog. Determine what you enjoy doing the least, then outsource it.
Inc. cites studies that show that most small business owners work at least 50 hours per week, with many working even more. But the truth is, working more hours doesn’t make you more productive. You risk burning out, which is why work-life balance is crucial.
There are several ways you can reduce stress as an entrepreneur, such as going for a walk on your lunch break, taking a vacation, establishing boundaries about when you’re available, and working from home whenever you have the opportunity.
Make Time for Exercise
Exercise is your biggest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur. This is because it helps you reduce stress, build confidence, boost energy levels, and command presence in your everyday life.
Even if the thought of getting a gym membership puts you off of working out, there are plenty of other ways to get exercise. You can do a home workout by following along with a YouTube video, join a yoga class or practice at home, play a team sport, or take a brisk nightly walk with your dog. To take your smartphone along on your workout, there are universal armbands designed to keep you cool and comfortable, too.
It shouldn’t be anything new to you that getting a sufficient amount of sleep is a crucial part of a good self-care routine. As an entrepreneur, you likely don’t get paid for sick days and time off. Getting enough sleep improves your immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood and concentration, as well as helps you be on top of your game overall as an entrepreneur.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Remember, a lack of self-care can be detrimental to your success as an entrepreneur. It’s critical to ensure you’re filling your own cup first by enjoying downtime, getting enough sleep, delegating whenever possible, and making connections with others.
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