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Running a small business can make you feel like you never truly get to “clock out.” Your to-do list is always growing, and you might find yourself with little free time. But neglecting self-care can harm your mental and physical health in the long run, leaving you with no energy to focus on growing your business.
By checking out these healthy lifestyle tips, you’ll be inspired to slow down and start focusing on self-care. Here’s how you can finally start embracing self-care as an entrepreneur.
What if you’re working from sunup to sundown most days, and you simply have no time for self-care? You can’t burn the candle at both ends forever - eventually, you’ll suffer from severe burnout. This is a sign that you need to hire new employees or contractors to help grow your business.
Home Business recommends outsourcing accounting, legal tasks, transcription, and digital marketing. To find affordably priced services, you can use online job boards.
If you’re juggling several web projects, you may want to hire a web developer for assistance. While experienced developers can charge high fees, most developers set their rates around $15 to $30 per hour. You’ll be able to compare freelance web developer profiles on online job boards - you can evaluate their reviews, prices, and delivery times.
Stick to a Schedule
Do you ever check the clock towards the end of your workday and tell yourself that you should take care of one more small task - only to end up spending several more hours at your desk? You don’t need to force yourself to work late every night. Instead, set a regular schedule and choose a designated time to stop working for the day.
For example, unless you have an urgent, time-sensitive matter to attend to, you could commit to calling it a day at 5:00 PM each day. This will help you get more sleep!
Make Time for Exercise
Even if you can’t get to the gym during the week, you can still squeeze time for exercise into your busy entrepreneurial schedule!
To stay fit even when you’re tackling lots of projects at once, SitePoint recommends going for walks during your lunch break and leaving your phone at home or getting up a bit earlier so that you can exercise in the morning before you start your workday.
At the end of a long workday, the last thing you want to do is cook. But eating nutritious, home-cooked meals is an important form of self-care - if you’re always dining on frozen meals or takeout, you won’t feel energized and fulfilled.
Instead of trying to cook during weeknights, try meal prepping on weekends. Choose a few recipes that taste great as leftovers and block off some time during the weekends to cook and store portions for several meals.
Sometimes, you just need to totally unplug. You can’t do that if you’re only steps away from your desk! However, if you’ve hired enough employees who you can trust to take on vital responsibilities, you’ll be able to book real vacations.
It’s important to get out of town and spend a few days without thinking about work at all - in fact, you might come home overflowing with new ideas because you’ve given yourself time to let your imagination wander! There’s nothing more satisfying than allowing yourself to truly unwind.
There’s no escaping the fact that entrepreneurship is demanding. But you don’t have to sacrifice all of your free time to build your business. With these tips, you can find a satisfying balance between working and relaxing!
Written by Brad Krause of selfcaring.info/