10 Self Care Tips for
Online Business Owners
written by Irene
Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your business
For a new business owner, self-care might be the last thing on their minds.
When you are juggling numerous kinds of tasks daily.
When you feel like time flies by and you haven’t even begun working on your projects.
When you spend time with your family much less than you wish to.
Maybe then, self care is the last thing that crosses your mind.
But hear me out.
Not taking care of your mental and physical health, while you are becoming the entrepreneur you always aspired to, is a big mistake. One that you will later regret. When the burnout will knock on your door. And you will wish to have taken just a few moments each day, to take a shower, go for a walk, do some journaling or whatever else you like doing.
You get the point.
Self-care is crucial for everyone, including entrepreneurs who often face high levels of stress and pressure. Taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being can contribute to increased productivity, better decision-making, and overall success in your business.
Women entrepreneurs can be under even more pressure. Balancing family, career, and social life is challenging. And this often comes at the cost of our well being.
Here are some self-care tips specifically tailored for entrepreneurs:
1. Establish a routine
Create a daily routine that includes time for work, breaks, meals, exercise, and relaxation. Having a structured day can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Avoid the trap of 5 more minutes for completing one more task. You don’t want to find yourself constantly doing more beyond your working hours. Try to keep a neat workload.
If you struggle establishing a daily routine by yourself, you can use an app or a schedule planner to stay on track.
2. Regular Exercise and Healthy Eating
Incorporate physical activity into your routine. Go for a jog, a walk to your favourite coffee shop, do some weight lifting or stretching. Exercise is not only good for your physical health but can also reduce stress and brain fog and improve your overall mood.
Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. The foods you eat impact your energy levels. Don’t make junk food a regular habit. Fuelling your body with the right nutrients can positively impact your energy levels and cognitive function.
3. Prioritize sleep
Ensure you get enough quality sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your concentration, decision-making, and overall health. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
If that’s not possible, a great idea is to have a short nap during the day. Naps boost memory and enhance your work performance.
You have no reason to feel guilty if you close your eyes for 20 minutes after lunch and rest.
If sleeping during the day isn’t an option for you, you can always take a break from your screen and have some quiet time.
4. Set boundaries
Clearly define your work hours and stick to them. Avoid overworking, and make time for personal activities, hobbies, and socializing. Understand your limits and don’t be afraid to say no to additional commitments that can overwhelm you. Focusing on your priorities is key to avoiding burnout.
This includes keeping your work and personal life separate. It will allow you to be more present in both parts of your life and keep balance.
5. Delegate and outsource
Solopreneurs this is for you: Don’t try to do everything yourself. Maybe that’s possible at the first steps of your business. But it will not be the case, once you start scaling.
Delegate tasks that others can handle, and consider outsourcing certain responsibilities to free up your time and reduce stress.
6. Continuous learning
Invest time in learning and personal development. This can help you stay innovative, adapt to changes, and find new solutions to business challenges.
Spending time on a course or a webinar can save you time in the future. After All it’s necessary to evolve and stay up to date.
7. Have hobbies and leisure time
Regular breaks throughout the day can enhance productivity and creativity. Step away from your work, go for a walk, or engage in a brief activity to refresh your mind. Make time for hobbies you enjoy.
Engaging in non-work-related pursuits can provide a mental break and contribute to a more balanced life.
Be more self aware. Listen to your body. If you are thirsty, drink water. If you feel stiff, stretch. Don’t make your work life your only life. Your other interests will keep you calm and finally bust your productivity in your business as well.
8. Connect with others. Surround yourself with like minded people
Build a support network of friends, family, and fellow entrepreneurs. Having a supportive system can provide encouragement and perspective during challenging times.
If you can’t find people who understand what you do in real life, there are always Facebook groups and other online communities, where you can share your struggles and joys. This is the good part of technology. Take advantage of it.
9. Deal with stress once and for all
Entrepreneurs often face high levels of stress. Sometimes what we had in mind about working for ourselves, doesn’t match up with reality. And that can be very stressful.
However, stress does not have to be a negative factor in our lives.
We can change it into a positive driving energy instead.
Use it as an incentive to take your business to the next level. Also, don’t overthink about what you have to do, or how your business will evolve in a month, a year or five years from now.
Focus on today. Do what’s best for your business now. Take it one small step at a time.
10. Celebrate small milestones
Setting high goals is one thing. Expecting to achieve them and only then feel accomplished is another. Don’t underestimate your small wins. These little achievements will get you closer to your ultimate goal each day.
Celebrate when you feel you’ve worked extra hard and completed a difficult task. You deserve it. Also do not expect others to celebrate for you. You don’t need others’ validation to feel good about yourself. You are the toughest judge of yourself and that’s fine, but don’t forget to reward your efforts every now and then.
Here’s the thing:
Remember that self-care is an ongoing process, and it’s important to listen to your body and mind.
Finding a balance that works for you and incorporating these practices into your routine can contribute to your overall well-being as an entrepreneur.
If practiced with mindfulness, they can make a world of a difference in your life.
To sum it up, here is a rundown of the 10 self-care tips we’ll talked about:
- Establish a routine
- Regular Exercise and healthy eating
- Prioritize sleep
- Set boundaries
- Delegate and outsource
- Continuous learning
- Take breaks. Have hobbies and leisure time
- Connect with others. Surround yourself with like minded people
- Deal with stress once and for all
- Celebrate small milestones