As much as fun and free it is to have your own business, running a business is a hard job. It takes a lot of energy, time, and focus. It can be stressful sometimes, and that’s why practicing self-care as a small business owner or entrepreneur is essential.
What is self-care?
According to Oxford languages, self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” It is also “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”
You can read more about what self-care is in this blog.
Why is self-care important for small business owners and entrepreneurs?
The life of a small business owner or entrepreneur can be hectic and sometimes stressful. The tasks keep building up, and you want to see results; you want to see progress. Practicing self-care is essential to stay healthy and happy.
Self-care is very much needed to keep you and your business running because what use would it be to have your dream business and not be happy and healthy?
Self-care does not have to be a day at a fancy and expensive spa; if you can afford that, that’s great. But you can practice self-care in simple and affordable ways. Here are simple ways to practice self-care.
Simple self-care activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs
1. Try establishing a routine
When you’re your own boss, it might be tempting and fun to work whenever you feel like it. But having somewhat of a routine can help you to stay focused and productive.
A routine can help you have a more predictable day which can have a relaxing effect and less anxiety.
Try to plan ahead what your work hours will be and which time you will take to relax. Planning ahead and having a routine can improve your mental health and your quality of rest.
2. Get enough rest
With all the things that need to be done when running a business, you might get caught up in work and have sleepless days and nights. This is very unhealthy and will only cause you to be overworked and unhappy.
It could lead to burnout or have many other negative effects. Try to schedule enough sleep for every day and plan around the amount of sleep you need to function properly.
Don’t feel bad to take a nap throughout the day if you have the chance. If napping is not something you like, that’s okay, but do make sure you sleep enough hours at night.
4. Don’t compare yourself to others
A very toxic trait is comparing your progress and growth to others. This can be exhausting. Starting or growing a business will be different for everyone. Some might have tons of followers, customers, or clients right away, while for others, it will take twice as much time.
Don’t compare your growth with others, but focus on your own process and try to improve it where necessary. But also, be proud of every progress you make.
5. Be patient
Be patient with your progress. Good things take time. Don’t stress yourself out with wanting to see big results right away. Don’t pressure yourself but be patient enough for things to grow. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Putting all of this pressure on yourself can harm your mental health and eventually maybe even your physical health.
6. Celebrate small wins
I can’t stress this enough. Don’t forget to celebrate small wins and small incomes at the beginning and the small projects.
Often when you see other big successful business owners, you might forget how long it took them to get there. Remember that every step towards your goal counts. And focusing on these small wins can help you keep a positive mindset and motivate you to keep going.
So instead of stressing yourself out by focusing on where you’re not yet, be mindful and grateful for what you already accomplished.
7. Take breaks
Taking a break is necessary to keep your sanity and to feel good. Take breaks during the day, take a break to have your lunch, or stretch your legs. But also take a mini-vacation, which can be at home or somewhere else. Try not to work 7 days a week every week, but plan some time to relax.
You’re human, and you need this time for a healthy mind and body. You are not meant to work non-stop.
8. Practice a hobby
Having a hobby can help you relax and enjoy life. It might also help you express your creativity. A hobby can also help you relieve stress.
Find out what your hobbies are and what can help you escape all the stress and pressure for a while.
9. Go outside, get some sunlight
Try going outside even if you work from home. Being in nature and getting some sunlight can help to improve your mood and is healthy for you.
You can work outside for a part of the day, have your lunch outside, or go to a nearby park. It doesn’t have to be for along time. Find out what works for you.
Exercising has many benefits for your health and is a great way to practice self-care. Not only is it good for your physical health, but it is also great for your mental health. Exercise can uplift your mood, and it can help you rest better.
And that’s a wrap. Remember that no matter how busy you are, no matter how long your to-do list is, you should always give a high priority to taking care of yourself.
Self-care is essential to everyone. Your business will definitely benefit from it if you are well-rested and well-taken care of.
You can’t pour out of an empty cup, so make sure your cup is being filled regularly by practicing self-care and looking after yourself.