As an entrepreneur, self-care normally falls last on the list but from what I learned over the last several months is that no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, self-care should be at the top of your list.
The reason is that when you do some sort of self-care, you not only feel better about yourself but you will also be able to take care of your clients and family members better than you would if you did not do some sort of self-care.
Now self-care will look different from one person to another but if you are looking for some ideas to try here they are!
1 – Have A Set Schedule For Work & Time For Play
Having everything that you do in the day onto a schedule, will not only help you when it comes to figuring out when you will do for your work task as well as when you will do your life task (e.g cooking dinner, laundry, getting ready for the day, etc…).
Not only is this helpful for time management but it also gives your clients and coworkers some boundaries to when they expect to hear from you. Plus, having boundaries is a good first step to self-care as it will help you not to burn yourself out.
2 – Take a break from Technology
Taking a break from technology from time to time is always a good idea for the simple reason it gives you the chance to not only live in the moment and enjoy your friends and family company but it was specifically shown that taking a technology break can help with reducing anxiety and increased happiness, better sleep, more family time and so much more (you can google it to find out more about it).
I know that I try to take at least one day of zero technology just so I can recharge and do things that are not with technology just like; meal prep, taking a walk and having some fresh air, and so much more. When I do take a technology break, I always feel recharged and ready to take on any work task that needs to be done.
3 – Eat Healthy
We all have heard that we have to eat healthy meals if we want to stay healthy. However, we all know that when our lives get busy and work start to pile on, we generally will grab something quick to eat that normally is not the healthiest and is full of sugar and fat.
It was also proven by researchers that having a healthy balanced diet, not only keeps us healthy but it helps with our weight, mental clarity, our sleep and much more. If you want to know more you can always google it yourself to find out more about it.
However, in the last couple of months, I have tried to meal prep and plan out what I will eat during the week that is healthy but that doesn’t take that much time to make or cook up as well as not to make one more decision when it comes to meals (lunches and dinners) when work gets busy.
4 – Move your body
Moving your body for at least 30 minutes a day will help you feel better but it will also help with your happiness. By moving your body, even if it’s just taking the dog for a walk will help with your overall health.
Also, from my experience is that when I do get my body moving in the morning, I feel less stiff and after I move my body I feel that my energy goes up and that I don’t feel sluggish/tired anymore. My favourite ways of moving my body are to take the dog out for a walk, do some yoga or simply hop on the stationary bike and ride for 20-30 minutes.
Also, you have to do is to find what you enjoy doing to get your body moving and start feeling better overall.
5 – Take a Warm Bath
I love taking a warm bath at night because it’s me to unwind for the day and tells my mind that it’s time to start getting ready for bed. Even though I don’t do this every night when I do it helps quite a bit.
I also know that if my joints are aching, a warm bath with Epsom salt normally helps with the joint pain and stiffness which turns into me getting a better night’s sleep.
6 – Turn-off all screens in the evening
Every night I tried to turn off all of my screens at least one hour before bed. The reason is that when you look at the just before bed, the blue light that is on your cell or iPad will mix-up your internal body clock (a.k.a., your circadian rhythm) and will make it harder for you to fall asleep easily in the long run.
I know this to be true because every time that I look at any type of screens right before I go to bed, it normally ends up with me staying wide awake and simply tossing and turning for a while before finally falling asleep. Which leads me to be more tired the next day.
7 – Read Before Bed
I have implemented reading before bed because when I do read before I go to bed it helps me to relax a bit and when I turn off the light I normally can fall asleep right away.
Now, what I read can be up to you but I normally read what I feel like reading at the moment but recently I have been reading light business books even though I like a good fiction book myself.
8 – Never neglect your sleep
Now if you got to this point you know that I am a big fan of finding ways to get a better night’s sleep but according to experts they recommend that you sleep at least 7-8 hours a night and I tend to agree with that.
However, I also believe that it is also good to have a good quality sleep which in tails that you can feel your best and be the best version of yourself. The reason I said, “good quality sleep” is because you can sleep for 7-8 house night but if you are constantly waking up during the night, the quality of sleep is not there because you will feel more tired the next day even if you had the 7-8 hours of sleep that is recommended.
That’s is also why I have a nighttime routine to help me to relax at night so that I can improve my sleep quality over time. Also when I do get a good night’s sleep, I normally don’t feel tired the next day.