By their nature, entrepreneurs are driven self-starters who are often uber-focused on work. While this can be good for business, it’s critical that you take care of your personal and physical health and well-being. If you get run down or burned out, your business can suffer, as can your personal and professional relationships. In this article presented by InfoJuices.com, we’ll look at tips on how to avoid burnout and enhance self-care.
Keep Physically Active
Of course, you probably feel like you’re running 24/7, but dedicating time to a gym or home workout on a regular basis can help increase endorphins, reduce stress, and allow you to focus and concentrate in a more effective manner. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you don’t have to dedicate huge amounts of time, just be consistent and get your heart rate up by exercising for at least 150 minutes a week.
Exercise not only improves your health, but it will also ensure that you’re better rested, sharper, and able to focus more fully on your day-to-day activities. A smartwatch or fitness tracker can help you stay on the right path. You can also invest in something like an incumbent exercise bike for those days when you can’t exercise outdoors (just be sure to check out ratings from review sites before spending any money).
One of the most common reasons entrepreneurs give for relegating self-care to the back burner is that there isn’t enough time in the day. This is where it’s wise to hire out services where it makes sense. For example, utilize freelancers and independent contractors for specialized jobs in your company, and use services at home as well, whether that’s meal delivery or housekeeping.
Forming an LLC can also help reduce stress, as you’ll have limited liability, reduced paperwork, increased flexibility, and easier tax filing. You can avoid paying attorney fees by filing the paperwork yourself or, even better, using an online formation service. Regulations around forming an LLC vary by state, so learn the rules in advance.
Take Time to Relax
As an entrepreneur, it’s critical to build time into every day to physically and mentally relax. When your mind and your body are going nonstop, it’s essential to sit in quiet solitude, measure your breathing, and detach from all of the stressors of your everyday life. According to Healthline, for you, this might mean listening to music, reading poetry, taking a hot bath, or meditating. Whatever is relaxing for you, make sure you do it at some point every day. Schedule this personal care time just as you would any other important appointment on your calendar. Again, even 15- or 20-minute increments can make all the difference. When you have time off, get out into nature, go to a spa, or participate in some other activity that allows you to decompress.
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
Entrepreneur and business owners encounter a lot of stress in their day-to-day lives. While a healthy amount of stress can help give you a competitive edge, this can become a problem if your stress and anxiety levels are out of control 24 hours a day. Trying to work in therapy can be difficult with a busy schedule, which is why many people use online serivces to connect with mental health professionals. With the help of your smartphone or computer, you can connect with a therapist from your home or office. And because you can connect with therapists from across the country, you can spend a little time finding the best options for you.
Many entrepreneurs find themselves running on caffeine, which can be dehydrating and wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you always have a bottle of water on hand and limit things like alcohol and energy drinks, which can dehydrate you, as well as artificially inflate your feelings of energy, which can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asleep. If you struggle with getting enough rest, sleep in a cool, dark room and limit your use of screens before bedtime. A white noise machine can block out ambient sounds, and a sleep mask or blackout curtains can help as well.
Being an entrepreneur is an exciting and professionally fulfilling pursuit, but if you don’t set aside time for personal care, you could run yourself into the ground. Look for ways to prioritize yourself just as you do your business. Your company will thrive, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll have a much better work-life balance.
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