Do you believe that self-care is not a priority? Yes, as a female entrepreneur you definitely have a lot on your plate.
Juggling family, friends, and your personal life while running a business is not easy, but, burnout has become a very real occupational hazard in the workplace.
Neglecting stress-management and the signs of burnout can have serious consequences for your physical and mental health.
If you can’t remember when was the last time you’ve had a home-cooked meal or exercised, and you’re holding a cup of coffee while reading this, it is definitely time to make some changes in your life.
Perhaps you believe you just don’t have time for self-care. But if you don’t prioritize your well-being, it will snowball into bigger problems down the line.
Taking care of yourself is extremely important for your mood and mental health, and plays a key role in your physical health. After all, if you’re exhausted, stressed, anxious, or depressed, how can you run a successful business?
Although entrepreneurship helps you do what you love, manage your own schedule and build your team, it also drains you, both emotionally and physically.
In order to run a successful business and tackle all your daily tasks, you need to be healthy in every way, so you must find time for self-care.
10 Essential Self-Care Ideas For Female Entrepreneurs
In this article, we list examples of self-care activities, self-care ideas, and self-care tips that female entrepreneurs can include in their busy schedule.
Creating a daily self-care checklist will help you incorporate these self-care practices into your daily routine.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Yes, you’re a strong, independent woman who can take care of herself, and calling for backup won’t change that.
Maybe you’re convinced that no one can do your job as well as you can and that you can do everything all by yourself.
But one of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn to recognize when you’ve got too much on your plate and ask for help.
Don’t worry, asking for help doesn’t make you weak. It simply shows that you know how to delegate and keep yourself from getting burnt out and run down.
2. Have a go-to meal
In order to stay healthy, you need to eat well and pay attention to your nutritional requirements. Of course, making a home-cooked meal on an everyday basis is simply impossible when you are an entrepreneur.
This is why you need to have a go-to meal you can turn to whenever you are too busy or too tired to cook something.
It can be a salad you can order from a restaurant around the corner or something you can easily whip up in five minutes. When I don’t want to waste time deciding what to eat, my go-to meal is usually shawarma or Arabian grilled chicken.
Just make sure that your go-to meal is made with healthy ingredients like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, or lean protein. This will help eliminate the stress of trying to figure out what to eat when you’re exhausted.
3. Find an exercise routine that works for you
No matter how busy you are, you need to incorporate physical activity into your daily schedule. Regular exercise allows you to stay both mentally and physically in shape and helps you be more productive.
Whether you decide to start running in the morning, do yoga before work or try Kim Kardashian’s workouts is up to you. Make sure you find an exercise routine that works for you – but don’t get addicted to it.
Having experienced collapse and burnout herself, founder of the Huffington Post, Ariana Huffington, believes that you should not wake up earlier than your body is ready to wake up.
She recommends that it’s often better to sleep in and get the rest you need than force yourself out of bed just to hit the gym.
4. Do something nice for yourself every day
Whether it’s buying yourself flowers, saying No to something you really do not want to do, giving yourself a manicure or indulging in your favourite ice cream, it is important that you do something nice for yourself every day.
Do not wait for others to make you happy – do it yourself! You’re a hard-working woman who deserves to indulge herself on a regular basis and don’t you forget it.
5. Meditate, if you like meditation
We are often so busy moving forward in our business that we forget to take care of ourselves and our emotional needs.
However, in order to maintain your health and well-being, you need to take time to check in with yourself and focus on your emotional and spiritual self-care.
Meditation is really the best way to really get in touch with yourself and you can do it anywhere. Whether you’re at home or in the office, you can find a few minutes every day to sit in peace and quiet and truly concentrate on yourself.
6. Hydrate the right way
A lot of busy people don’t drink enough fluids throughout the day. Since you’re a busy entrepreneur, chances are you don’t either.
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, headaches, ulcers and high blood pressure, so try including more water-dense foods into your meals and snacks.
You don’t even have to drink plain water. In fact, researchers have found that milk, tea, and orange juice (but not sports drinks) were more hydrating than plain water.
They recommend ingesting water along with amino acids, fats and minerals to help your body absorb and retain more water and maintain better levels of hydration.
If you keep your phone with you at all times, you can even download apps that will remind you to drink more fluids. Whatever you do, be sure to stay properly hydrated or you’ll end up with major health issues.
7. Celebrate your accomplishments
Staying focused on your goals and running a successful business can make you forget about celebrating your successes and accomplishments.
It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small, whether you have managed to sell your product or have reached a thousand followers on Instagram, celebrate your wins!
8. Make time for yourself – and don’t feel guilty about it
It is easy to feel like you’re wasting time when you’re having coffee with your friends or watching Netflix instead of working, but making time to do the things you love is important for your health.
When I’m recovering from an illness and don’t have the energy to sit at the computer, I take breaks by binge-watching MasterChef Australia. It’s my favourite feel-good reality TV show and watching a few episodes makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
So allow yourself the time to go to a spa, take a yoga class, or just lie in bed staring at the ceiling without feeling guilty about it. It’s not a waste of time, its self-care, and you need to practice it every day.
9. Shower and get dressed in the morning
This may sound silly, but as a female entrepreneur, it is so easy to get caught up in your work and spend the whole day in your PJ’s without even showering (I know the feeling!).
But just the act of taking a shower can clear your mind and prepare you to meet the day head-on. So, hit the shower and get dressed first thing in the morning and you’ll feel more like a normally functioning member of society.
10. Spend time in nature
The Japanese believe in the benefit of forest walks and spending time in Nature. Studies have shown that taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels.
Researchers have even estimated that about 120 minutes each week is the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors.
As a busy entrepreneur, your work is important, so it is hard to include self-care into your daily schedule when your work is your life.
But your health and well-being should come first because if you don’t make self-care a priority to take care of yourself, everything else in your life will suffer.
I hope this list of self-care ideas and strategies will help you create your own self-care routine for stress-management and preventing burnout.
Priya Florence Shah is the publisher of Naaree.com and the author of an emotional self-care book for women. In the book and online course, you’ll learn how to throw off the shackles of your own limiting beliefs, come into your power and design your destiny.
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