When you’re working towards building a name for yourself and your business, it’s easy to put your own needs aside so you can devote as much time and energy as possible to making sure that your hustle succeeds.
But neglecting your well-being while you’re on the grind is just as bad as taking your eye off the numbers or forgetting to follow through on a project or even forgetting the sacred payday!
Even though you’re running a hectic business or working on a super tight schedule, you still need to take care of yourself. And though it might seem ‘meh’ or ‘whatever’ rn, self-care is also an important business goal. Yep, you heard right, self-care is goals, yo!
Along with the never-ending demands and the frenzied “work-work-work-work-work” part of maintaining a successful business, you need to make sure that you also function as a normal human being and your health needs to stay a priority unless you’re the walking dead. If that’s the case, then nvm - but hit us up so that we can interview a real-life Zombie 😊
Still, we decided to give you some bomb-ass self-care tips to make sure that you and your teammates not only survive but also thrive during the grind.
Check-in with your mental health
Running a company often involves long hours of all work, no sleep, and a whole loootttt of emotionally-draining situations too. Sadly, this can lead to the perfect storm of feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and isolated, and no amount of caffeine in the world can get you out of it.
You’ll be so busy and focused on work that you won’t even realise these feelings are slowly taking a toll on your mental health. This is why it is of the utmost importance that you stay connected to your feelings and do regular mental health check-ins.
One thing we’d recommend doing is starting a bullet journal. A bullet journal is a short-and-sweet version of those “Dear Diary” moments and offers you a format that’s easy to follow and helps you visually keep tabs on how you’re doing. It allows you to easily log in your daily habits such as diet, sleep, physical activity, alcohol and caffeine consumption, stress levels, and social activity and you can make a little checklist for yourself of what you’re keeping up with and what you’re neglecting on a daily basis, so you always know where your energy needs to go.
Find small ways to bring in a little laughter
While you’re trying to run a successful business, there will be plenty of scenarios when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It’s literally always that hectic. But choose to laugh when you can.
Find small things to do that are guaranteed to brighten up your day. Call that silly friend of yours who always jokes about everything or watch an episode of The Office or if memes or cat videos are your thing, make some time for that! It will make a huge difference in relieving stress and leaving you happier, healthier, more relaxed, and rejuvenated.
Manage your stress levels
Stress is very clingy and never wants to come to the party alone, so it always brings with it a slew of negative emotions that can adversely affect your health. Yep, stress is THAT, dude!
Learning to manage stress is key for anyone who is grappling with the pressures of running a company, and one surefire way that we recommend trying is learning how to be more proactive in managing your time.
This is really not as deep as it sounds. All you need to do is start prioritising your schedule and commitments and learning to set boundaries and say no when need be. Know what you can and can’t do in a day and know where your limits are. That’s it! Stress is not actually a high-maintenance kinda gal at all.
Get your body moving and your juices flowing
This is truly the hard part, even for us. BUT regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Being ‘active’ is a broad concept and it can range from having regular workout sessions in the gym or playing a sport, or it can simply mean including more movement and activity into your day, like doing some jumping jacks after ending a super long meeting or taking a power walk to the kitchen every 30 minutes or so.
Getting your body in motion regularly can help you improve your health, lower your blood pressure, and boost your mood. The ultimate goal is to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. BUT you don’t need to do it all at once.
You can break it up into 3 bite-sized mo’s of 10 minutes each throughout your day.
Set a routine
One of the most important hacks for dealing with or preventing burnout is to simply avoid it.
As funny as it sounds, it is still doable and the best way to do that and keep up with everything else on your to-do list, is to set an intentional routine that works for you, and (this is the part where the drum rolls come in) stick with it!
For some, this means getting up every day at 5 A.M. so you can exercise and have time to meditate before diving into a hectic day. For others, it means setting a firm bedtime, which allows you to get a full night’s sleep, giving you the energy to power through all the things you do.
Play around with your schedule for a bit and keep adjusting it to discover what works for you and what routine you can keep up with over the long term.
Once you lock that in, your body and mind will get used to it and it’ll become the magic words we all strive for: a habit.
Having a daily routine gives you peace of mind and creates space for you to have a productive day, every day.
Eat a healthy diet
When we’re feeling rushed and stressed, it’s all too easy to quickly munch on some fast food or mindlessly snack on junk food instead of planning meals or finding healthy snacks to eat throughout your day. Sometimes, things can get so intense that you completely forget that mealtime exists because we’re so busy running on caffeine and adrenaline to get us through.
But when our bodies are poorly fed, stress takes an even greater toll on our health and makes it harder for our bodies and brains to function optimally. Eating healthy is a basic way to support both your body and mind when you're feeling under pressure and sometimes it's as easy and uncomplicated as that cliché saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Some healthy eating tips that may help:
Eat regularly – this keeps your blood sugar levels more stable and helps your brain perform better.
Consume healthy fats – omega-3 fatty acids help support brain function and can be found in walnuts, flaxseed, and fish oil.
Eat high-fiber foods – fibre greatly increases your alert levels throughout your day and decreases stress levels too.
Recharge and rest
This feels like a swear word for entrepreneurs because we all know that running a successful business means being a workaholic who absolutely detests the word rest.
Many entrepreneurs never take time off because they believe it will negatively impact their ability to stay ahead or become successful, but if we make excuses that we have too much work, how can we possibly make time for a full night's sleep or take time to recharge?
Part of being a successful individual is recognising when you need rest. Giving your body and mind enough sleep and downtime to feel rejuvenated and recharged will allow you to be more productive and focused during working hours, and ultimately make more money. After all, the aim is to work smarter, not harder.
Get a checkup
Nobody loves taking time out of a busy day to go to a doctor’s appointment, but getting a regular physical is an important part of staying healthy and catching any medical issues before they become a bigger problem. You may be doing everything on this list, but that still doesn’t negate the need to see a doctor.
If something doesn’t seem right, or you’re feeling “off,” make sure you get yourself checked out. And that goes for all aspects of your health, such as getting dental cleanings – that surprise root canal after years of not seeing the dentist will ruin your day and seriously cut into your productivity.
How’s that for a wake-up call!
There are tons more tips and tricks to do when learning to prioritise self-care. Maybe some group activities to boost morale?
Feel free to hop on the self-care train with us and let us know what works for you, what has failed dismally, and what you’re still trying to improve.
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