“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” Deborah Day
As a parent entrepreneur, your life is bound to be busy. When you are passionate about what you do, you can fall into this trap of over-working. There is always something to be done; an important client’s query to be answered, a new report to be made or a business meeting to be conducted. Upon all this, you also have the responsibility of parenting; picking up and dropping kids off at school, preparing for their meals and so on. Not that any of these things are unimportant or can be avoided, the point is that taking time out for yourself will not only make you a better entrepreneur but will also help you parent well.
Self-care means taking time out for yourself. From eating healthy foods to reading incredible works of literature, it includes everything that makes you feel good about yourself. You can go to the gym or call your best friend and talk for an hour. Don’t feel guilty as it will be better for both your children and business in the long-run.
Although you are a hardworking and ambitious entrepreneur with a goal to conquer the world, a little bit of me-time won’t hurt. Let’s take a look at some reasons why self-care is so important for you:
It Keeps You Healthy
Regularly exercising, eating good food and having enough sleep will ensure that you are in top shape, ready for the challenges ahead. You have got to understand that you will be able to take care of your kids better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you have a healthy routine so that everybody benefits.
It Lets You Recharge
As a parent entrepreneur, you will have to do constant hours of toil and hard work. However, you can recharge yourself by immersing yourself in the book you have always wanted to read or by going to a holiday to experience nature. This will give you time to reflect and think about your life. The stillness out of your busy routine will sharpen your focus when you get back to work.
It Helps You Become a Better You
Emotional and spiritual well being is as important as health. Whether you have taken a day off to find out about a unique culture or have decided to visit an ancient museum, sometimes for yourself will allow you to expand your horizons and become a better, more contributing person.
It Makes You More Creative
How many times have you had an incredibly creative idea (an Aha moment) while doing something totally unrelated? This is how the mind works. You might get a new business idea while cycling or even in the midst of fixing your car. This is because taking a break from work allows our brain to think things from different perspectives.
It Lets You Really Live
Sometimes, the hassles of daily life make us forget that we are living and breathing human beings. Having some time to yourself lets you appreciate the little things in life that you took for granted. Just take it easy and enjoy – everything will be alright!