Episode 04: 10 Self-Care Tips for Entrepreneurs

 
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As entrepreneurs, we can easily forget to appreciate the importance of self-care. Without giving yourself the necessary attention that you need to thrive as a person, your business can quickly start to struggle as you feel the burnout of running your own business. And it’s so easy to avoid with a little awareness and action. So today I’m sharing with you 10 self-care tips every entrepreneur should be doing regularly to stay happy and healthy while they run their business! 

I invite you to join me and watch the video below. But if you prefer to simply listen instead, there is an audio version below as well! And of course if you prefer to read, I have that available for you too! Enjoy! 

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Video Transcript

Welcome to another episode of BizMagic Podcast sharing expertise and solopreneur journeys to help business owners find the magic in their businesses by being more productive, focused, and successful. 

I’m Patti Meyer, founder of BizMagic, where I help entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners clear their plate so they can get back to doing what they love - running their business.

Today I’m sharing with you 10 self-care tips every entrepreneur should be doing regularly to stay happy and healthy while they run their business! 

As entrepreneurs, we can easily forget to appreciate the importance of self-care. So why is it so important? Well, without giving yourself the necessary attention that you need to thrive as a person, your business can quickly start to struggle as you feel the burnout of running your own business. And it’s so easy to avoid with a little awareness and action.

So here are my favorite and most effective self-care tips to keep you staying refreshed, focused and successful for the long run of your business.

But what if you think self-care is too “woo-woo” and you believe that real business owners power through no matter what? Ok, I think we’ve all heard things to that effect, but if you pay attention to the message of the most prominent and successful business people, you will notice a recurring theme about the importance of work-life balance, which is sort of another way of saying “self-care.” So hang in there, and hear me out! 

Awesome! Are you guys ready to hear my ten self-care tips? Let’s dive into our list, that is in no particular order!

First: Make sure your workstation is ergonomic! This is a lesson I learned recently when I got tendinitis in my shoulder because my keyboard and mouse were too high! I’m still healing from that and it definitely impacted my work. So make sure whatever your work space looks like, it is optimized for your body! 

Second, if you work at a desk all day, stop and stretch regularly. Take a dance break once an hour, even if it’s one song. Just get your blood flowing, take a break from that sitting position and move around as much as you can. It’s not only great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind and giving yourself a little creative pick-me-up!

As entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to work day, night, and weekends! While we feel like everything has got to get done and there’s no time for a break, if you burn out, you won’t have the energy to keep going anyway, so number three is to make sure you take off one day every week. Like, a whole day! I know, it sounds crazy, but your body, your mind, your family, and your business will thank you for it.

And while we’re talking about working days, nights, and weekends, the fourth tip is to make sure you give yourself time to decompress between work and bedtime. If you’re anything like us, you get wrapped up in what you’re doing and the next thing you know, it’s midnight and you have an early meeting, so you hop up and go right to bed. Your brain and body NEED time to decompress. Force a stopping point for yourself and then move your body, read a book, do anything else that does not involve a computer, phone or tablet screen, for at least an hour before bed.

Number five is on the same path here, do everything you can to make sure you eat your lunch away from your desk. It’s a forced break in your work day that we know you’ll start to love once you get used to it. And then praise yourself for giving yourself that dedicated time.The next one is a big one, especially for those of us that work at home: Be social! Entrepreneurs can often end up working alone everyday and have very little social interaction. So if you can find a friend or two to co-work with, do that. But no matter what, make sure you make time to be social in a fun way that is unrelated to work as well - at least once a week!

Next, do something nice for yourself once a month. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a relaxing massage, a nice lunch out with a friend, that sort of thing. You’re working so hard on your business that you can forget to pamper yourself a little, feel like you’re not existing just to run your business. Put yourself in a situation that allows you to unwind! 

Number eight on our list is don’t say “Yes” to everything! This one can be hard for many entrepreneurs. Sometimes we don’t know when our next client or payment is coming so we say yes to everyone and every project. How does this fall in the self-care category? Because when we do that, we often end up taking on too much and getting overwhelmed, and then we work until bedtime, don’t take days off, don’t get up and move our bodies...I think you see where we’re going here...But also, this can lead to you taking a project you don’t love or working with someone that you knew was going to be a little difficult, but you did it anyway. Trust your instincts, and don’t jump at every opportunity. 

Another challenge of the entrepreneur, especially the new entrepreneur is, make sure you value yourself and your skills, services, or products! I think we’ve all been there, we’ve gone back and forth debating what we should charge and when we tell someone our price they don’t blink an eye, and we think, “Oh! I wonder if I could have charged more?” And we wonder that, not because we want to take advantage, but because the price we gave them was way under what we knew our service or product was worth. I learned this early on and am still working on practicing it, set the price you feel is fair and will actually turn a profit for yourself and stick to it. There will be people who will not pay that amount, they are not your people. Because there will be people who will see all the value in your skills, service, or product, and happily pay you accordingly. By doing this, we promise you will find your confidence will grow not only in your business, but also in all aspects of your life.

And last, but not least, plan for and take a vacation just as you would if you were working for someone else! I know this seems hard sometimes, but the world won’t end if you take a week off to relax, renew, and take care of yourself! You will come back to your business with a fresh pair of eyes and your business will feel it! 

And there you have it! Those are our top 10 self-care tips! I know some of them might not seem so obviously connected to self-care, but they all are. The better you are feeling about yourself, in your body, in your life, the more your business will thrive and the more time and finances you will have to put towards your self care! So what are you waiting for? Get to caring for yourself more today! 

And there you have it! Those are my top 10 self-care tips! I know some of them might not seem so obviously connected to self-care, but they all are. The better you are feeling about yourself, in your body, in your life, the more your business will thrive and the more time and finances you will have to put towards your self care! So what are you waiting for? Get to caring for yourself more today! 

So now I want to hear from you. What are your favorite self-care tips or what do you struggle with then you think of taking the time to give yourself some extra attention? Share with me in the comments. 

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Till then, keep the magic in your biz!