Your business responsibilities may leave you feeling as though spending time on self-care would be a waste, but in fact, your well-being is part of your brand. Building a successful business isn’t worth your time if it leaves you exhausted and ill. If you want your brand to radiate success, then investing both time and treasure into self-care is critical.
Rest And Nutrition
Your body is the vehicle that carries you through the day. Your car won’t start without a charged battery, and your brain won’t work well without sleep. If you put diesel in the tank of an automobile that runs on gasoline, you won’t go anywhere and may do irreparable harm to the engine. Similarly, junk food lacks the energetic power you need and can do damage that you will pay for later.
Habitual Behaviors and Creativity
Good habits can make self-care easier and free up your brain for more creative thinking. For example, if exercise is a habit, then your workout is a great time to problem-solve and come up with new ideas. Put your current dilemma into your mental computer and hit the track for a jog or powerwalk. Answers may come quickly!
Goal Setting As A Part Of Self Care
If you want to grow your business, you may need to set big, splashy and sometimes audacious goals. As time goes on, you’ll hit those goals, so celebrate! When you do hit a milestone or get that new client, you have every right to be thrilled and to share that information.
Focus On Your Health
Staying strong and healthy in body, mind and spirit is critical to your business success. You may want to schedule time each week to talk with a therapist, work out with a trainer or check in with a spiritual counsellor. No matter your specific needs, be sure to invest in the tools necessary to help you build and maintain your health.
Knowing Which Doors To Close
Sometimes self-care is about saying no. Turning away from negative people, stepping back from causes that no longer interest you and reducing your exposure to some sources of information may require you to have some difficult conversations.
However, there are those who think that warning you about the risks of starting and running a business is a great way to show their love. It’s how they share their fear and will functionally turn you into a counsellor. Unless being a therapist is part of your chosen career path, be ready to build yourself care muscle and either get away from this source of fear or limit your exposure to it.
Whether you have an employer or are working for yourself, building a healthy body, mind and social structure outside of work is critical to your success both in business and as a human being. Simple habits, from eating right to exercising to sleeping enough, are great ways to care for yourself.