Self-Care for the Entrepreneur
Everyone seems to be talking about self care these days. Which is wonderful. However, we’re in a day and age where having a thousand things on plates has become the norm (so many more of us are now business owners and self-employed) and for many of us, being able to take proper care of ourselves has become quite the balancing act.
For many entrepreneurs who are solely relying on themselves to bring in the money and keep their businesses turning, taking time out for self-care care of is especially important; If you suddenly become unable to show up for yourself and your work, everything can come to a standstill.
I’ve taken it upon myself to dedicate this post to self-care for the entrepreneur, in the hopes of encouraging and promoting an well-balanced lifestyle and to challenge the idea that running yourself into the ground is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship. It doesn’t have to be.
It’s okay to have a life whilst you grind.
You may have heard stories of people working tirelessly through the nights, surviving on one hour of sleep a night and shutting the rest of the world out all in the name of ‘discipline’ and making their dreams happen. And perhaps you just assumed that this is what you’ll also have to do in order to get to where you want to be.
For some, this is just an outright put-off and the perfect excuse to snuggle back into their safe but mediocre comfort zone (I mean… can you blame them really?). And others may reluctantly accept this and decide to hunker down… only for it to lead them into complete and utter burnout.
Balance is key.
So yes, entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be completely and utterly tiresome and painful. However, this is not to diminish the importance of discipline and doesn’t necessarily mean everything is going to come easily.
Sometimes, hardship comes in the form of taking big, scary and risky action.
If I’m honest, I feel like we can all sometimes glorify the ‘struggle’. And sometimes we put ourselves through hardship and allow things to take longer than they should because we’re frightened to of making certain decisions. For example, you might KNOW that borrowing that money from so and so would fast track your business to the next level but for some reason or another you’re afraid to ask. You’ve made up some story in your head about why it’s obviously unacceptable and proceed to convince yourself that you have no other choice but to ‘grind hard’ and tirelessly work three jobs to make ends meet to build your empire… when you’re almost 99% certain you’d get the money if you asked.
This is just one example of the many ways we endure self-inflicted struggle. And I’m sure that at one point or another, we’ve all made our lives harder because of the simple fact that we couldn’t muster up the courage to take a leap of faith.
How useful are you to your work if your health isn’t in good shape?
You may be wearing yourself out and not giving much thought to your mental, physical or emotional well-being all in the name of success. But what would happen if your health was to take a turn for the worst? You could potentially go from spending almost all of your time on your business to almost none of your time. Not only could this negatively impact your work, but you may hinder your ability to even enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Taking good care of yourself should be part of your success plan
Think about how productive you’d be if you had tonnes of energy, were properly fuelled and felt mentally balanced and at peace. Busy isn’t necessarily synonymous with productive. However, you may find that actually having some mental and physical energy means getting things done faster and making better and more impactful decisions. That is productivity.
This may all sound a bit hard to achieve, but it’s as simple as prioritising your self-care and incorporating it into your daily plans, just as you would with anything else that’s essential to the smooth running of your work.
Self-care looks different for everyone. Find what works for you.
It could mean taking thirty minutes in the morning to go for a run, or to be silent and connect with yourself. Or making sure to go for lunch with a friend at least once a week. Or being strict about getting a full night’s sleep every night. Or actually taking a full day off to recover when you’re sick instead of convincing yourself that it’s ‘not that bad’. Or outsourcing some of your business duties (Like copywriting 👀) instead of trying to do it all yourself. Whatever it is that you know you need to do, remind yourself of its importance and incorporate it into your life.
Nobody knows what it takes to keep your personal machine running more than you.
And nobody’s going to feel the effects of it crashing more than you. So take the time to honour yourself and your needs and I’m certain it will pay off.