Entrepreneurs normally wake up with a to-do list as long as their arm, and often, they go to sleep thinking about the day’s business. In short, business owners and entrepreneurs live and breathe work, and this undoubtedly takes a toll on physical and emotional health in the long run.
Danica Tanjutco shares wisdom and advice for living an authentic and creative life with purpose. Finding purpose and meaning in our daily lives can bring us greater satisfaction and enhance our overall wellness. In this regard, entrepreneurs who participate in self-care expand their creative energy and engage in work in a more meaningful way. There are some simple ways to get started on self-care that even the busiest entrepreneur can make time for.
Starting Consistent Self-Care
As you develop strategies to build self-care into your schedule, start small. Tackling one small change at a time will make it more likely to stick. Even if you start with just 15 minutes per day, establishing a designated time for the purpose of self-care is key, so schedule self-care at a consistent time each day. Write it into your schedule and make it a priority as much as any other task. Try to avoid scheduling other meetings or taking calls during your designated self-care time. Make a promise to yourself that you will stick to this plan.
Think of self-care as an investment in your health, as important as brushing your teeth or getting adequate sleep. If you are unsure what to start with, consider something that nurtures your mind, body, or spirit. This can be walking, meditation, reading, or engaging in a creative outlet.
Developing a Well-Rounded Self-Care Plan
Your self-care activities should vary for you to get the most benefit and stress-reduction. Activities such as going to the gym or working out at home offer physical and emotional benefits such as endorphin release and improving muscle tone and heart health. Including a relaxation regime in your daily routine is also beneficial. Yoga, meditation, and self-massage are great ways to relax. Tune into the sights, sounds, and smells of nature on a mindful walk to melt away stress and rejuvenate the soul.
Starting a new hobby can be a rewarding and fun way to engage in self-care. Whether you take up watercolor painting, start an adult coloring book, or learn how to crochet, creative tasks that involve repetition and simplicity often bring about a deep sense of peace. Try not to worry about how well you are doing — simply stay tuned into the moment and enjoy the process.
Self-care can also be taking steps to make your daily life easier. For entrepreneurs, this is particularly crucial since there are often too few hours in a day to get everything done. At home, think about ways to simplify daily tasks, such as using a pressure cooker to reduce cooking times for healthy meals and hiring a housecleaner to come in once per week. Think of these steps as a small gift of appreciation to yourself for your hard work. You do not need to do everything yourself.
Stress Reduction at Work
Hiring out certain services can also save you time and energy in your business. Everything from bringing in a human resources professional to delegating management tasks to trusted employees can lessen the burden on your schedule and reduce your stress. Establishing a less stressful work environment may be a game-changer for your quality of life at work and at home.
Entrepreneurs may find that the nitty-gritty aspects of business such as paperwork, tax headaches, and time spent on payroll are draining on energy levels. One way to reduce some of that burden is to register your business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Many business owners find that the reduced paperwork, tax advantages, and flexibility of an LLC makes it appealing. You can set up your own LLC or hire an affordable service to deal with the process online.
You can set yourself up for stress reduction and improve your daily life by committing to self-care regularly. Start with a simple, consistent plan, and before long, you will notice your emotional and physical health improving.
For more ideas on living a meaningful, engaging life, follow Danica Tanjutco’s travel and lifestyle blog.
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