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Practical Self-Care Tips That Entrepreneurs Need

Guest article provided by: Kimberly Hayes @ PublicHealthAlert


If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, you will always be at risk of burning out. There will always be a lot on your plate, and you will frequently wonder how you will complete everything on your to-do list within the given timeframe.



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Being so busy prevents many entrepreneurs from incorporating self-care into their daily routines. But if you want to maintain your health and well-being, and ultimately thrive in your career, then taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health is crucial. Here are some practical tips about how you can work self-care into your busy schedule.

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Spread the Responsibilities


One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they try to do everything themselves. But no matter how driven or capable you may be, you have your limits. Learning to identify your limits and delegating responsibilities to others will help you achieve more while also fostering your well-being.

Start thinking of any tasks and projects that are consuming your time and energy and can be handled by someone else. Then, start hiring people! For example, if you need help managing the day-to-day of your company, consider making a virtual assistant your first hire.


You can easily find top-notch VAs through online job boards to take care of scheduling meetings, responding to emails and phone calls, sending out invoices, and much more. Job boards allow you to compare the rates and client reviews of each candidate so that you can quickly connect with candidates who can help. Having the menial tasks of business management taken care of will allow you more time to work on self-improvement and enjoy life.



Stay on Top of Finances with Accounting Software


If you own a small business, you know how important it is to keep track of your finances. Accounting software can help you to do just that and relieve stress as well. By keeping all of your financial information in one place, accounting software can help you to stay organized and on top of your finances. This software can also help you to save time by automating tasks such as invoicing and bill payments. You can also use accounting software work to gain valuable insights into your business finances, helping you to make better decisions about where to allocate your resources.



Reconsider Your Business Structure


Many entrepreneurs face a number of pressures and stresses. There may be financial pressures as you juggle costs and revenue, or there may be time pressures as you put in long hours. One way to relieve some of this stress is by forming an S corporation, or S corp. By becoming an S corp, you can separate the management of your business from its legal status as a separate entity. This allows you to have a more streamlined organization chart while still being protected by the legal rights and obligations of your business. Additionally, filing taxes as an S corp can simplify your process and reduce the amount of paperwork required to keep track of your finances.



Work Out Every Day


One of the quickest ways to bust stress and boost happiness is to get into a consistent fitness routine. Working out increases the production of endorphins in your brain, which provides a sense of reward, not to mention exercising regularly can vastly improve your long-term health.


One activity to consider for your routine is cycling, which is a low-impact exercise that does wonders for strengthening your muscles and cardiovascular health. Being on a bicycle also gives you an opportunity to self-reflect and work on your mental health. Another idea is taking a morning or evening stroll each day. If you live in a walk-friendly neighborhood, you can explore your surroundings; otherwise find a park or hiking trail to get in your steps.



Eat Fewer Processed Foods


What you eat also makes a big difference in your overall well-being and performance in daily life. Be conscious of the foods you eat by limiting processed foods and replacing them with whole foods. In the simplest terms, this means eating more vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. Also, choosing nuts and seeds as your go-to snacks can go a long way in sustaining your energy through long work days.



Drink Water


Water is critical to keeping your body and mind functioning as they should. Try to moderate the sugary beverages you consume, and drink as much water as you can every day. Keep cold filtered water in your refrigerator. Drinking water regularly can also prevent overeating. If you are an avid soda drinker, try drinking naturally essenced sparkling water instead. You still get the satisfaction of carbonation without the lag that comes from a sugar-filled drink.



Take a Chill Pill


Lastly, if you don’t take the time to relax every now and then, you are going to burn out. Along with getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, think of some relaxing activities you can do during the day. Maybe this means taking 15 minutes to journal before you start working. Perhaps it means taking a long bath at the end of the day or assembling a puzzle during your daily breaks.


You also might benefit from starting a new hobby that takes your mind off of work and other obligations. The key is to find a practical way to fit relaxation into your routine.



Every entrepreneur and business owner is prone to burnout unless they are intentional about preventing it. Consider the tips above as you look to improve your overall health and well-being. Along the way, you will notice yourself gaining energy and being more productive, which will help your self-confidence as well as your business!


 

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