A Business Owner’s Guide to Self-Care

You're a busy business owner. You have a lot on your plate, and you're always juggling a million things at once. It's impressive, really. But it's also important to remember to take care of yourself. When you don't put your own needs first, it shows in your work—and that's no good for anyone. Here are just a few reasons why prioritizing self-care is so important, not just for you but for your business too.


Put Yourself First


As a business owner, it’s all-too-common to become over-fixated on hustling toward progress. Oftentimes, we become so entranced in our work that we neglect our own mental and physical well-being—but putting yourself first doesn’t mean putting your business last.


So what is putting yourself first? Putting yourself first entails taking time for yourself and prioritizing your own well-being over the success of your business. It means taking time out of each day to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? If you’re feeling run-down, stressed out, or overwhelmed, what could make you feel better in this moment? Taking care of yourself allows you to take better care of your business. By taking time for yourself, you'll be able to make smarter decisions and deal with stress in a healthier way.


Setting Boundaries


Setting boundaries is key for maintaining your sanity and protecting your peace. We all want our businesses to succeed but there is a fine line between being a proactive business owner and a workaholic. So what boundaries do you need to set and how can you set them?


Let’s say you’re starting to feel that the way you’re working on your business or the time that you’re working on it may be inappropriate, it probably is. Are you answering e-mails at 9:00 PM? Working behind a screen building your brand until 2:00 AM? This is where boundaries become imperative. It’s a fine line between running off of passion and excitement and creating an environment that may burn you out. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.


Here’s a tip. Try setting a designated time each day to put your work down. Communicate to others that you will not respond to phone calls or e-mails after a certain point. These small changes can have a big impact on your mental health and can reduce burnout.


Ask For Help


One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your business is not to be afraid to ask for help. This can look like asking an employee or colleague to pick up the slack or support you in areas that don’t require your full attention. It can also look like asking a family member or friend to complete a task for you while you take some much-needed time to relax. One of the best things about being a business owner is the ability to delegate tasks or aspects of your business that drain your energy more than they should. The challenge is deciding to delegate or hire a coach versus doing it all alone. Many business owners don’t realize this until they’re fully burnt out and exasperated. Remember that you are not alone on this journey. So many business owners out there are struggling with the same growing pains and maintenance issues that you are.


In Closing


As a business owner, you know that it can be tough to balance your work life and personal life. It's especially hard to find time for yourself when you're always juggling things on your to-do list. But it's important to make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour each day.


When you prioritize self-care, you become happier, healthier, and more relaxed. Not only will your quality of life increase, but you’ll have the energy to become even more productive at work. Self-care is the key to success in both life and business and it should be made a priority. And remember, if no one has told you today, it’s okay to take a break.