Running a small business is a dream for many people, and while you may never regret your choice to build your own empire, and rightly so, there are certain things you need to remember. Self-care is an important issue that often gets left on the sidelines for small business owners, after all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and we could really do with about 50. If you are also a parent, you instantly up the pressure on yourself, and it is even more vital, you take the time to look after yourself. Here are five ways you can practice self-care; you might be surprised how much things improve when you do.
The word is ‘No’
Believe it or not, it is actually ok to say no. Clients are often more understanding that you initially panic they will be and saying things like ‘No I cannot do that this week but I would be more than happy to do it next week’ are often so much better received than you think. There is no point taking on too much and running yourself ragged as the quality of your work will slip, so create a manageable workload plan and only take on what you can handle with room to negotiate.
Take a Break
The number of small business owners that not only confess to working weekends and evenings but also never daring to take time off for fear of what might happen is scary. We are only human, and recharging is so important for self-care, so book vacation or if funds are tight a staycation but whatever you do stay away from the office.
Catch Those Zzzz’s
Sleep is essential, and we function better with it, rather than without. The temptation to keep working or catching up on housework is huge, but it really is not going to help in the end. A business is a marathon, not a sprint, so you need to put measures in place to rest regularly. Leave the phone outside the bedroom and focus on resting and not worrying about the day job.
You Really are What You Eat
Eating on the fly can seem like the only logical move to make when you have a to-do list that reaches the floor, but the downsides are huge. Firstly this tends to mean you reach for rubbish food and stockpile on empty calories, and secondly, your poor digestive system finds it hard to process. Stopping for just half an hour to eat healthy food, sat at a table, will make all the difference.
It is Ok to Ask for Help
So, finally let’s be clear; asking for help is not a failing. Whether you ask an in-law to feed the kids one night a week, or need to hire a cleaner, you are not a superperson. There is only so much we can do, and if you earn more in an hour than a domestic cleaner the argument is pretty much made for you – spend the time you have wisely and take care of yourself.