“What have you done for yourself lately?” Self-Care for “The Entrepreneur Life”
“Be you, love you. All ways, always.”
- Alexandra Elle
As entrepreneurs, we can get so caught up in building our business that we often forget that we also need to take care of our greatest asset-ourselves.
According to Forbes Magazine, “the mental health statistics for entrepreneurs are shocking. Research suggests that 72% of entrepreneurs report mental health concerns, with founders being 30% more likely to experience depression than a member of the general public.”
However, all is not lost. Many entrepreneurs have been able to build successful careers, after experiencing first-hand the hard lessons of burnout. They understand that even during the busiest of times, you have to take care of yourself.
Lovies, It’s time to start managing your health and well-being from the inside out...
Listed below are 5 strategies designed to help you to become happier - physically, mentally and spiritually in 2020:
1. Include “me time” in your daily “to-do” list.
Choose something - meditation/yoga, writing in your journal, reading one chapter of a book, or playing a game with your kids. To be successful, it’s critical that you purposely set aside time each day when you can quiet your mind and get in tune with yourself.
“Me time” helps you to become more self-aware, as you reflect on the day, where you’re at and where you’re headed.
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer” -William S. Burroughs, American writer and visual artist.
2. Exercise daily
The hardest thing to start (and the easiest thing to drop off ) is a scheduled exercise program-trust me, I know. However, in order for you to continue to have the energy for everything entrepreneurship requires, it means you're gonna have to “get up and get going”.
3. Start saying ‘No” And Mean It
In our day to day, we often overschedule ourselves and then wonder why we feel overwhelmed most of the time.
If this is something you currently struggle with (you people pleaser you!) here’s the thing - you don’t need to do everything. By saying no, you’ll give yourself more time to pursue other interests and in so doing create more opportunities for growth.
4. Find ways to unwind every day.
When you give yourself permission to unwind, you also allow yourself to decompress, and reconnect with friends and loved ones. This helps you to refresh (just like your browser) and you’ll be better able to handle the daily pressures of life (and biz).
5. Feed yourself.
By that, I mean - eat healthy, nourishing food!! I know, we’re all guilty-myself included- of eating just to keep going; which is often not the healthiest of options.
While it may be hard to start, it’s surprisingly easy once you get into the habit of what I call “mindful eating”. The added benefit of a switch from the old unhealthy diet is renewed energy, which helps you to maintain focus, become more productive – plus, you’ll lose those unwanted pounds.
So there it is, 5 easy ways for you to do good to yourself, by yourself, for yourself... I know you can do it, and together we'll make 2020 the phenomenal breakthrough year we both know it's going to be...
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