Self-Care as an Entrepreneur Shouldn’t be Optional
Let’s talk about self-care.
For many of us, our business ends up being about putting others first.
There are few feelings better than knowing that you have helped another person grow,, earn an extra income, and all things in between.
But what happens when this becomes the norm?
When our own needs take a back seat, how can we avoid the feeling of constant burnout?
The act of Self-Care is Overlooked by TOO Many!
… and it’s often considered to be selfish and ego driven by those not ‘in the know’.
In fact I need you to know this; self-care is necessary and key, to maintaining a healthy mental and emotional state. If you began to feel the onset of cold or flu-like symptoms, you would probably stock up on an over the counter remedy and rest until you felt better, right?
However, when we feel overworked, emotionally drained and mentally burnt out, we are expected to ‘suck it up’ and continue with our everyday lives —
Like many coaches and entrepreneurs, I tried and failed in our businesses over the years but now, confident that I have found my calling. And, with the confidence of this realization came the ability to make ourselves a priority while maintaining a strong working relationship with clients.
I believe I have mastered a handful of self-care techniques and coping strategies that allow me to deal with the stresses this journey can bring, successfully. More importantly, without ever compromising the care and quality of my communities and clients.
I can now take a step back and concentrate on my own mental wellbeing, without feeling like I am falling behind schedule or letting clients down.
Mobile phones, Email, and Social Media — you’re Always Connected to Work
Gone are the days when going home for the night meant leaving work behind. This is why you must consciously give yourself permission to relax and practice self-care. It’s easy to get lost in your work for sure but eventually, it will catch up with you.
When you are not making time for yourself it will affect your health and relationships. Even giving yourself 20 minutes of peace a day will make BIG changes in your life.
Think about it …
You’re busy 365/24/7, but you still need to be prioritizing your own emotional health.
This should not be optional.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is about;
- Identifying your own needs
- Taking proper care of yourself (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
- Treating yourself with the same kindness that you would others
- The care provided for you, by you.
When we spend much of our time caring for others, and focusing on their needs, it can leave us feeling stressed out and run down. This is especially prevalent in the network marketing industry.
There are many variables to that — which we have to understand, we cannot control.
Self-care is treating yourself as a valuable, deserving person.
Only when we help ourselves be our best, can we effectively help others.
For example, if you are feeling completely exhausted and unable to focus thoroughly, you are not in the best shape to help your team, prospects or customers, right? By putting your own needs first, you will be much better prepared to help and serve others.
3 Ways to Implement for Self-Care into your Business Routine
Learn to Breathe.
Whether this be through meditation, physical activities, taking time away, etc., learn this skill. Now there are tons of articles, studies and experts out there who all have the ‘magic answer‘ — right? My suggestion is to try a few things and see what you find works best for you.
Perhaps you are someone who already practices or who is interested in meditation — Add this to your daily routine and make it a ‘non-negotiable’. I open my morning before anything else, with prayer. This morning practice may look different for everyone, and I respect that – 100%.
But regardless if I feel like it, or think ‘nah I’ll just get to it later’, the reality is you won’t.
Choose a time of the day where you can be consistent with this and find your, best breath.
Get Enough Sleep.
Now before saying – I wish that was as easy as it sounds – hear me out. Did you know that sleep deprivation is like driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05? Your concentration and focus levels are decreased. It is likely your ability to make informed, rational and the ‘right’ decisions is impaired too.
Sleep deprivation is not healthy mentally, physically, or spiritually.
I understand that this coping strategy can be tough in a lot of situations and so, here are a few things you can do to at least start the process;
- Put away electronic devices at least half an hour before bedtime
- Schedule your bedtime and wake up time in your daily calendar
- Become unavailable to your business during set hours
- Meditate or practice relaxation techniques
- Herbal Teas or warm water before getting into bed
… again, this list could be super long and what works for some may not work for others I get it … but trying new suggestions may be helpful – because ultimately if you want a thriving business, you need proper sleep.
Schedule Time for a Social Life.
Schedule time to check out from your business for a while and talk to your friends. You could arrange to go for a coffee, or make a lunch date with someone you haven’t seen for a while. It could be something as simple as catching up with an old friend over a phone call.
But there is one catch to this – no mention of your business during this time.
Being connected to other people can invoke feelings of happiness and make you feel valued and confident in yourself. When you feel confident, you will be more positive about your ability to help others. This is surprisingly one of the most overlooked self-care techniques.
It is totally OK to enjoy time with others unrelated to your business.
Just remember to schedule it in chunks at a time and schedule your business related tasks around this (or vis versa).
Somewhere along the way there became this misconception that all you should be doing is working your business. And yes, it should be a priority without question however, this should never at the expense of your own happiness and wellbeing.
Final Thoughts on Self-Care in your Business
Overall, in order to effectively help others, we must first help ourselves.
It is far too easy to become consumed with a problem that can affect our mood and in turn, the way in which we can be productive. Occasionally you may come across a problem with a team member that leaves you stressed out, anxious and emotionally exhausted.
It will happen.
But, knowing how to manage or cope with it — is golden.
If you continue to wear yourself down, you will not be able to work to the best of your ability. A problem with one client can unintentionally transfer to work with another. Have you ever felt so worn down that you just can’t concentrate on the task at hand?
This could be the end result if you do not take the necessary time to properly care for yourself.
So please, make self-care a priority in your life and your business.
I would love to learn more about the techniques that work best for you. So be sure to leave a comment and also please share with your teams so we can help them become their best selves too!
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