We know that it can be difficult to work for yourself, gia, and that stress and burnout are real concerns. As an entrepreneur, you often have to deal with unusual working hours, time pressures, risk of failure constantly looming, irregular money coming in, and limited social interaction.
The number of new small business owners and entrepreneurs is rising every day, and prioritizing your self care is an integral part of success.
Self care is any activity that you do voluntarily which helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. It can help you feel healthy, relaxed and ready to take on your work and responsibilities.
Sounds like something we all need, right? But we wonder how many of you are engaging in enough self care to balance out the incredible stress that comes from running your own business.
|In our culture, we tend to celebrate the ‘hustle’, and reward those who don’t have the time to sleep and who are too busy building their empire to rest and relax. |
This is SO unhealthy and creates an expectation that people simply cannot meet. It results in burnout, stress, health problems and poor mental health. Self care can help the entrepreneur in many ways:
|Stress is a normal physical and emotional response to a threatening or overwhelming task/situation, but can have major consequences if not managed properly. Especially as an entrepreneur, stress is going to play a role in your life, so learning how to deal with it is very important. |
Self care works to activate the body’s relaxation response, reducing cortisol and adrenalin levels in your body, which helps to reduce stress!
|A calm mind is a clear mind, which allows for more creativity and inspiration to hit. If you are overwhelmed and trying to multitask, doing a million things at once, you aren’t in the best mindset to be creative, organized, and successful in your goals.|
|So much research supports the idea that taking breaks and practicing self care actually improves productivity. Even when you are super busy, 10 minutes away from your computer to practice some breathing, stretches, meditations, or go for a walk can do wonders!|
|One of the biggest contributions to mental health problems is stress. The psychological, emotional, and physical effects of prolonged and severe stress can be concerning, so taking the time to prioritize your self care is vital. |
Now that you know why self-care is important for entrepreneurs, tune in next week where we’re going to dive into the how and equip you with ways that you can start working self-care into your routine!