As a businesswoman, you know how easily the line can become blurred between work and life. Especially in the middle of a global pandemic when more people are working from home than ever, it’s understandable if you’re starting to feel the strain. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is difficult in the best of times but in the current climate many business owners are struggling simply to stay afloat.
Running a business is no easy task. With so much to do, the idea of taking a little time for yourself may seem frivolous or impractical. It’s moments like these, however, when you feel like you don’t have the time for self-care when it becomes truly necessary.
Self-Care Isn’t Selfish – It’s Essential
When you hear the words “self-care,” it may conjure images of lazy spa days or expensive vacations. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking time off to rest and relax, the thought of stepping away from your business for an hour, let alone a whole day or longer, may be more than you can stomach at the moment. What you need to realize, however, is there’s no single recipe for self-care – it’s not about what you do, it’s about how you feel.
Self-care isn’t about ignoring your obligations; it’s about giving yourself permission to do the things that keep you healthy and strong. When you aren’t healthy, you won’t be able to devote the energy and focus you need to see your business succeed. Simply put, you can’t afford NOT to take time for self-care.
Running a business is exhausting, both mentally and physically. When you take the time to rest and revive your spirit, you can return to your business with renewed vigor and vitality.
5 Simple Ways to Get Started with Self-Care
All you need to get started with self-care is a small block of time you can set aside for yourself. Whether it’s 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour, dedicate that time to doing something you enjoy – something completely unrelated to your business. It can be something as simple as going for a walk, watching an episode of your favorite TV show, or reading a good book.
If you’re not sure how to get started with self-care, here are a few ideas:
1. Get some exercise
It may sound counterintuitive that exercise can be relaxing, but there’s something about physical activity that frees your mind and your spirit. Exercise can have a positive impact on your cognitive function as well and may even help reduce depression and anxiety. Keep it simple with a brisk walk or sign up for a group fitness class to try something new. Just getting outside could give you the energy boost you need.
2. Spend time with a friend
There’s no rule that says self-care has to be solitary. If you’re an extrovert, you may find that spending time with other people gives you more energy than spending time on your own. Set up a weekly coffee date with a friend or make plans to take a weekend hike. If you’re not comfortable being out in public during the pandemic, schedule a Zoom call with a friend or loved one instead.
3. Enjoy a spa day at home
Nothing is more relaxing than a spa day, but if you’re trying to stay in you can still enjoy a period of rest and relaxation without leaving home. Put on a hydrating face mask, throw on some soothing music, and take the time to relax in a hot bath, soaking your stress away. If you want to make self-care a daily habit, really go for it by developing a daily skincare routine to follow before work to ready yourself for the day or after work to decompress. It’s the perfect time to show your skin a little love with a customized treatment for acne, anti-aging cream or other skin rejuvenating products you want to try.
4. Start keeping a gratitude journal
If you feel like you’re constantly battling your own inner voices for control, maybe it’s time to try journaling. Keeping a journal gives you an opportunity to put your thoughts down on paper, freeing up space in your mind. If you’re not sure what to write about, try keeping a gratitude journal – simply jot down things you’re thankful for. Revisit your list when you’re feeling overwhelmed to remind yourself that, in spite of current hardships, you have plenty to feel good about.
5. Listen to a podcast
As a businesswoman, it’s important to stay abreast of current issues. Unfortunately, staying on top of the news can be an added source of stress. If keeping up with the news stresses you out, find a podcast that focuses on uplifting stories instead. Listen while taking a walk or doing chores around the house – you can be productive while giving yourself a mental break from work.
There’s no specific formula for self-care, so feel free to take an idea from this list or create your own. What really matters is that you take time for yourself to do something that relieves stress and renews your body and mind. When you’re in a healthy physical and mental state, you’ll find yourself stronger than ever and ready to tackle whatever challenges life throws at you.