If you’ve got a passion to own your own business – or you already have one – then you’ll want to remember this: Self-Care is a must-do!”
Are you a business owner? Do you want to be one? If you’ve got a passion to run your own business now, or one day in the future, then there’s lots you’ll need to know, and to do. But one thing I want you to always keep in mind: your own self-care is a must-do, no matter how crazy busy your business gets.
Fun, Crazy, Busy, Waahoo!
Sure, when things are slow and steady, you’re much more likely to go to the gym, eat well, get enough sleep and feel pretty relaxed. You burn only one end of the candle, so to speak, and all is well. But in the early phases of a start-up, and once things starts really rocking, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, the endless list of tasks and the requisite socializing and celebrations of your biz. These are the times when it’s easiest to neglect self-care because daily routines sometimes get thrown to the wind, or revamped or just plain interrupted.
Keep to the Basics
So when you are beginning your biz, or if a recent launch or change has launched you into sudden success, you’ll serve yourself and your business by making self-care a must-do, even if this just means keeping to ‘the basics’. And what are those basics? Check out what I call your Foundational Four of Self-Care for Women Business Owners …
Foundation Basic #1: Eat Alive!
Eating some fresh, live food daily will go a long way toward keeping your body – and your mind! – energized and sharp when you need it to be. If your business suddenly thrusts you into lots of travel, meetings, or late night events, it’s really, really important to eat alive, with fruit, veggies, even a little dried seaweed as a snack or in a soup, every day.
Foundation Basic #2: Relaxation
Now, if you read my posts regularly, you know what a big advocate I am of daily meditation. I’d say this is extra true during times of stress (yup, even fun stress). But if you feel you just can’t sit still long enough for a full-fledged meditation, try this:
Two times a day, stop what you’re doing and take 3 slow, deep breaths. Try to keep all your focus on the air entering and leaving your body. Now, rub your hands briskly together for a moment to get them warm. Close your eyes, place one palm over each eye, and take 4 more deep, slow breaths. Again, do your best to let you mind relax from your busy thoughts and softly focus on the breath … feel better?
Foundation Basic #3: Re-Energize
I love travel! I love airplanes and airports and new destinations, hotels in foreign lands and my big, over-stamped passport! But what I don’t think is good for anyone is the way these indoor spaces and requisite sitting periods slow the body’s energy. No fresh air, little or no movement, lugging around laptops … it’s just not ideal for optimal energy or health. Nor, I must add, are putting long hours in front of a computer!
To counteract the energy-sucking tendencies of certain business necessities, I like to re-energize with fresh air (even a 10 minute walk around the block will do), and some simple yoga asanas that stretch and invigorate me. Try deep breathing with upward and downward dog, some cat-cows or breath of fire to re-fire your system when you’re starting to feel droopy.
Foundation Basic #4: Support
Even the most successful business owner relies on the support of others – many others! There’s the support of staff or subcontracted help, organizations, groups and businesses you can affiliate with, there’s the support of family and of course, friends. All of these kinds of support are a part of true success, so be sure that when things get stressful, hairy or just plain wild, you turn to your support networks to nourish and be nourished by them.
Other great self-care ‘tools’ worth using include pampering yourself with a spa treatment from time to time, regular massages, watching movies and TV that uplift rather than stress you (TV ‘News,’ for example, is probably never a form of self-care!) And of course, going to the gym, laughing every day, and surrounding yourself with supportive, positive, unconditional friends.
Are you a woman business owner, or plan to be one day? What’s your most important self-care tip to share when your career & time are in your own hands? Let us know in the comments below!
Dawn DelVecchio Dawn is a writer, speaker and self-empowerment coach. She’s the author & host of DawnDelVecchio.com, where she shares insights, tips and practical tools for living a life of joy and abundance. Her eBook, The 7 Keys to Unlock your Soul’s Purpose is a simple guide to connect with your truest calling in this life. Dawn’s intent is to “Help people unlock the door to their soul’s calling so they can live in the joy and abundance they were meant for.”
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